Steve DeBerg
Steven L. DeBerg was born on January 19, 1954 in Oakland, California. He had a long career as an NFL quarterback. His career spanned 21 years over 3 decades. Despite the fact that large portions of his career were spent as a backup, Steve DeBerg ultimately accumulated some fairly impressive NFL statistics.


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Player Info

Height 6' 3"
Weight 230 lbs
DOB: 1/19/1954


NFL Draft

1977/Round 10/Pick 275

Career Highlights


258-444 for 3444 yards 23 TD and 4 INT

Super Bowl

Oldest Player to Suit up for a Super Bowl

Team(s) As A Player

San Francisco 49ers 1978-1980
Denver Broncos 1981-1983
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1984-1987
Kansas City Chiefs 1988-1991
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1992-1993
Miami Dolphins 1993
Atlanta Falcons 1998

DeBerg In the Midst of Legends

In 1977, the Dallas Cowboys drafted Steve DeBerg in the 10th round of the draft. With Legendary quarterback Roger Staubach and Danny White on the team, DeBerg was cut and did not make the team.

In 1978, DeBerg went to San Francisco to play quarterback. In 1979, Joe Montana was selected in the third round and eventually replaced DeBerg. After a 3000-yard passing season in 1979, he was finally replaced after 11 games in the 1980 season by Montana.

In 1981, DeBerg went to the Denver Broncos for a shot to be the starting quarterback. After two seasons, John Elway was drafted by the Colts and was traded to Denver after he refused to play in Baltimore.

In 1984, Steve DeBerg headed to lowly Tampa Bay. Unfortunately, both Steve Young and the first pick in the draft, Vinney Testaverde pushed DeBerg out again. DeBerg did have back-to-back seasons with 19 touchdown passes.  

DeBerg Shines

In 1988, DeBerg found a home in Kansas City. He had a solid season that year, throwing 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Two years later, DeBerg had his best season. DeBerg completed 58 percent of his passes for 3444 yards, 23 touchdown passes and only 4 interceptions. He led the Chiefs to the playoffs. Ironically, he would once again be followed by Joe Montana, this time in Kansas City.  

DeBerg, Ageless Wonder

After the 1993 season, DeBerg retired from the NFL only to return five years later. This time, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons who were coached by Dan Reeves to back up Chris Chandler. 1998 was another magical season, this time DeBerg was a backup. The Falcons went to the Super Bowl and DeBerg became the oldest player to suit up for the Super Bowl at age 45. 

DeBerg’s Career Statistics

In DeBerg’s 18-year career, he posted strong numbers. He was 2,874 for 5,024, completing 57.2% of his passes for 34,241 yards, threw 196 touchdowns and 204 interceptions in his career.

By A. Goodin,
October 19, 2007