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Cleveland high school has had fewer starting quarterbacks than the Browns since 1999

Eric Edholm
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Three of the Cleveland Browns' 20 starting quarterbacks since 1999 (USA Today Sports Images)

Saint Ignatius High School is a football powerhouse in Cleveland. The Cleveland Browns are a football powerhouse nowhere.

And nowhere is that more evident than at the quarterback position, where Jason Campbell will become the Browns' 20th starting QB since 1999 when he faces the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, taking over for the benched Brandon Weeden.

The 20 quarterbacks statistic is one of Browns fans' favorite least favorite numbers to cite when talking about the team's ineptitude over that timeframe, over which the Browns have gone 75-177, with one playoff game total.

According to Saint Ignatius historian Tim Hudak, via ESPN, the high school has started only 13 quarterbacks over that time period, which is incredible when you think that the youth players only have four years of eligibility.

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Saint Ignatius High School starting quarterbacks since 1999 (Table courtesy of Jeff McCormick)

(But now we have a bit of controversy here. Jeff McCormick, Director of Development at the school, emailed Shutdown Corner to tell us that there indeed have been 16, not 13, different starters. The list is here, to the right. Still, the point holds.)

One of those alumni is current Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer, who initially replaced Weeden before suffering a season-ending injury. Also amazing: Like the Browns, Saint Ignatius has fielded three quarterbacks this season — so from '99 to 2012, the high school had only 13 starters, if we're trusting McCormick's figures.

The Factory of Sadness has a new level of dismay.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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