Vermont: Joe Shield – Trinity College Bantams
Vermont is right up there with Rhode Island when it comes to a shortage of good college football players. It’s a state more known for producing Winter Olympic medalists than gridiron greats. I had to dig deep on this one, but Joe Shield takes the honor.
Shield was born in Brattleboro, Vermont and attended Brattleboro High School, where he wasn’t required to throw the ball much. This changed when he decided to attend Trinity College, a Division III school. Shield became a record-setting passer for his school and the New England College division. In one season, he led all of Division III football with an efficiency rating with of 149.2. He also holds school records in pass completions, passing touchdowns and total offense.
Joe went on to the NFL, where he played in only three games for the Green Bay Packers. Despite his lack of prowess as a pro, Shield is the only quarterback born in Vermont to make it to the next level. Therefore, he’s undoubtedly the greatest college quarterback to hail from the Green Mountain State.