Top Ten NFL Quarterbacks of All Time


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The Top Ten

Joe Montana
I'm a huge Patriots fan. That being said, Montana gets my vote over Brady. Tom has faltered the last few years in the playoffs, and hasn't won a ring in nearly ten years. Joe never lost a SB, and that's a fact.
Only Montana and Bradshaw won 4 SBs. And Bradshaw was hindered by Coach Noll. What numbers could Bradshaw have put up if not for Noll wanting to run the ball? Or if he was allowed to throw to a Swan or Stallworth for all 4 SBs?
Just brilliant. Best by far, no doubt! Great overall player, great quarterback overall. Joe Montana ladies and gentlemen


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2Tom Brady
Tom Brady is the best QB and will always be. The giants were lucky to win the 2 SB's they faced each other in them. He went 18-0 in 2007. ( I think it was 2007) he also set a record of TDs with Moss. He should be the best. He went to 5 SB's, won 3 of them and was MVP for 2. They are about to be the SB'S champs of 2012-2013! Long-live Tom Brady!
Tom Brady is the best he holds the record for most win in regular season and playoffs, has 3 rings, 2 MVP awards and has at least another 3 to 4 years left and has one of the best story's in the NFL history from being some who was looked as a nobody another backup QB to becoming one of the greatest players ever if not the best. It's going to be hard to watch the patriots without Tom Brady hopefully he can get one more and tie his ideal Joe Montana because Brady's my ideal and the reason I play the game.
Tom brady is the best

8 - Pro Bowl (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
2 - First-team All-Pro (2007, 2010)
1 - Second-team All-Pro (2005)
3 - Super Bowl champion (XVI, XVI, XIX)
2 - Super Bowl MVP (XVI, XVI)
5 - AFC Champion (2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011)
10x AFC East Champion (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2005)
Sporting News Sportsman of the Year (2004, 2007)
AP Male Athlete of the Year (2007)
2 - AP NFL MVP (2007, 2010)
23 - AFC Offensive Player of the Week (All-Time Record)
2 - AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010)
3 - AFC Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010, 2011)
NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2009)
New England Patriots All-time leader
(Passing touchdowns, Passing yards)
NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
Pass attempts 5,958
Pass completions 3,798
Percentage 63.7
TD"INT 334"123
Passing yards 44,806
Passer rating 96.6
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3Peyton Manning
Peyton is the best quarterback ever to play the game. Some people think that just because Brady has more play off wins and more super bowl rings, that makes Brady a better quarterback, that could not be more wrong. For a team to be able to make it that far, the whole team has to be good or at least not have any major weaknesses like the colts did when Peyton Manning was on their team. Colts had a terrible offensive line and a horrible defense so it was basically all on him to carry the team as far as he could. Tom Brady's team was always much better than Peyton's team Brady's team could help carry him to the super bowl.

Winning the super bowl is a TEAM effort, not just one player. If you take any quarterback in the league and place him on the Seattle Seahawks, that quarterback will have a much better chance of winning the super bowl than he would if you placed the same quarterback on the Jacksonville Jaguars. If he is on the Seahawks and wins the super bowl, don't say that it was just because he's amazing and carried the team to victory when the rest of the team is so outstanding. If he is on the jaguars and that quarterback is so good that they still win the super bowl, then you can say it was basically all the quarterback because he had no team to back him up. So Brady has more super bowl rings because he had a great team to back him up not because he single handedly carried his team to victory.

One good way to see how big of an impact a single player has on a team is to see how well that team would play if they lost that player for a year. Peyton and Brady have both missed one year due to injuries so we can see just how big of an impact they make. In 2008, Tom Brady was injured and unable to play a single game. The rest of the team was still good enough to end up 11-5 at the end of the regular season which remarkably wasn't good enough to get into the playoffs. It seems like that's not much worse than the team would do if still had Brady though. They might have been 13-3 or 14-2 but probably not any better than that. When Peyton Manning was gone for a year, the colts were the worst team in the league and ended up 2-14. The team that Peyton had backing him up was nothing compared to the team Brady had backing him up. Peyton Manning really did have to carry the team on his back which is probably why he already has more MVP awards than any other quarterback and will most likely get another one this year.

Also there is another HUGE reason that Brady is overrated and I have no idea why nobody ever talks about it. Remember in 2007 when Bill Belichick was caught videotaping the New York Jets' defensive coachs' during a game? He was fined $500, 000 for this, the team was fined $250, 000, and the patriots lost their first round draft pick for 2008. Belichick admitted to taping signals since 2000 when he became the Patriots head coach. Funny how all three of Brady's super bowls wins fell within this time period. So for the time that Brady has been at the patriots when they weren't taping practices, Brady has made it to the super bowl twice and lost both times. So he's 3-2 in the super bowl but 0-2 when they weren't caught cheating. If the Patriots knew the plays that the defense was calling, the Patriots could then call the best play for that scenario which would make it a ton easier for Tom Brady to get much better stats than he deserved. One example is that it would also be a lot easier to avoid an interception if you knew what play the defense was calling. Despite all this, it is never mentioned when people talk about who's the best quarterback or why patriots were so good at the time.

I think Peyton Manning will easily go down as the best quarterback of all time and obviously deserves to. Tom Brady is an overrated quarterback but he is still good. I'd say he belongs somewhere around #5 and no higher than that and I actually feel like I am being extremely generous with that. The only quarterback that could still be ahead of Peyton right now is Joe Montana but I think Peyton will pass him before he retires.
12 pro bowls
6 all pro first team
2 all pro second team
Super Bowl champion
Super Bowl MVP
4 time MVP
Pro bowl MVP
Rookie of the year
Indianapolis colts career win leader, passing touchdown, passing attempts, passing completions, and passing yards
Ap comeback player of the year
7 time ap offensive player of the year
Fastest to reach 50, 000 passing yards
Fastest to reach 60, 000 yards
Fastest to 4, 000 completions
Fastest to 400 touchdowns
NFL 2000s all decade team
96.3 passer rating
448 touchdowns
60683 passing yards
65.3 completion percentage
209 interceptions
Peyton manning is the reason why I love the NFL and coming from an aussie that should speak in volumes, for a player to engage an international audience I say no more.
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4John Elway
John elway should at least be #2 he had great statistics and helped the Broncos a lot without him the broncos would be no where today sure bradys good but he's not as good as john elway was but this is my opinion but he has a lot of MVP awards and records and had amazing comebacks John elway is a Great Quarterback.
Should be higher in the end the only thing that really counts are wins which elway had a lot of TD helped in the end but elway lead a bad team to 3 and then got talent with the last two Captain Comeback
John Elway did wonders for the Broncos. If he had a supporting cast like he had in his final two years he would have had better numbers and more Super Bowl rings
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5Dan Marino
For all the people who say tom brady is better than Dan Marino because he won more Super Bowls you are wrong. Tom brady relies on his kicker Adam viniteri to win Super Bowls ( notice how he hasn't won any since vinateri left). Talent shouldn't be based on Super Bowl wins though that is part of it. Talent is based on how you play, not how many Super Bowls your kicker wins for you


Dan Marino did not have the supporting cast to help his Team win the Superbowl. With no running game or defense, Dan single handedly made the Miami Dolphins a winning Team!

6Johnny Unitas
Since you did not have Sammy Baugh listed (top quarterback of ALL TIME), I had to vote for Unitas. Second best. Who left out Baugh?
Held most of the records when he played... And in the era in which he played there was never adoubt who was the best.
This list is irrelevant, nobody appreciates the history of football. Johnny U #6? Where is Otto Graham? Where is Bart Starr? I'm surprised Tom and Peyton are below Montana since they're clearly the two greatest! (Sarcasm)

Here is my list:

1. Johnny Unitas (called all his plays)
2. Joe Montana
3. Otto Graham
4. Tom Brady (our generation's Montana)
5. Bart Starr
6. Dan Marino (best arm ever! )
7. Roger Staubach
8. Peyton Manning (not a clutch player)
9. John Elway
10. Steve Young
11. Fran Tarkenton (see Manning)
12. Brett Favre (too many turnovers)
13. Terry Bradshaw (4 rings)
14. Drew Brees
15. Warren Moon (the run and shoot)
16. Troy Aikman (3 rings)
17. Aaron Rodgers
18. Randall Cunningham (amazing)
19. Kurt Warner
20. Jim Kelly (the k-gun)
21. Sammy Baugh
22. Joe Namath (injuries set him back)
23. Ben Roethlisberger (underrated)
24. Dan Fouts
25. Ken Anderson

7Brett Favre
The man who no matter what team he played for, brought them immediately from a written off team, to a playoff contender. True leader.
Favre should be #1 most TDS most passing yards
Loved to watch him play. Never quite sure what he would do..
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8Roger Staubach
The only one on this list that gave up four years of his career to serve our country. 27 years old as a rookie, wow! How much more could he have done? The greatest leader and competitor to ever play!
The greatest, not just wins or championships. He had class and represented discipline and team player. He had intangibles that a statistic can not measure.

9Steve Young
This top 10 thing sucks Steve young is better than choke artist Peyton manning
If he would have played his whole career (USFL a couple years and backup to Montana) he would be in the discussion for #1 all time. He was the bast in his 7-8 year span!
No he is not

10Bart Starr
Best clutch QB ever.

The Contenders

11Troy Aikman
I'm a Steelers fan and should probably be voting for Terry Bradshaw right now, but man this guy is an icon!


How can troy not bed in the top 10?
3 rings should say it all

12Drew Brees
Come on, he beat Dan Marino's record with a bunch of WRs that almost no one can name.
Thanks drew for all the hard wrk this season

13Otto Graham
10 consecutive championships in ten years, won seven of them. Probably not as good as Montana, but if he's not on the list its a disgrace.

14Aaron Rodgers

15Jim Plunkett
He won 2 Super Bowls and won Super Bowl MVP. What more needs to be said?


I'm related to jim he won 2 super bowls and the heisman including mvp of the super bowl probably should replace otto Graham

16Fran Tarkenton
Tarkenton was by far the most intelligent quarterback of all time. His knowledge of the game and ability to read defenses brought his position to a whole new level. He was one of the last quartebacks to actually run the offense, calling the plays from the line of scrimmage and making split second decisions while making complex reads at the line of scrimmage. One needs only to see how successful he has been since retiring to know he has an incredible mind.

17Jim Kelly

18Eli Manning
Eli should be number 1. He is the best

19Ben Roethlisberger
The GREATEST rookie season of any NFL quarterback ever, two Super Bowls and counting!

20Terry Bradshaw

21Kurt Warner
Kurt Warner was great
Kurt Warner belongs at #10. One of the most Underrated Qbs ever

22Randall Cunningham
He was a great rusher and had a good throwing arm too.
Cunningham needs to be in top 10.

23Matt Ryan

24Tony Romo

25Philip Rivers

26Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a great qurterback who rarely turns the ball over everyone dissing him are haters.


Alex Smith sucks dick

27Andy Dalton
Never had a losing season in 3 seasons

28Matthew Stafford

29Ken Stabler
Ken stabler is a legend! He should be in the top tens

30JaMarcus Russell

31Andrew Luck

32Russell Wilson

33Sammy Baugh

34Matt Schaub

35Nick Foles
Second best QB rating in a season ever

36Dan Fouts

37Trent Green

38Michael Vick

39Tim Tebow
Better than most QB playing today. Won't play him because he is a Christian. Tim is a winner

40Colin Kaepernick
Why is he on the list he's only played half a year
Speedy and a big arm does it all.

41Ryan Leaf
Ryan Leaf is untouchable in terms of how skilled he was. He should of been picked first instead of second. He is the leader in interceptions which is a prestigious honor to achieve. Very underrated. Hopefully, he becomes a hall of famer soon.
Ryan Leaf was the best draft pick in NFL history. The Colts really messed up.
He was without a doubt one of the best quarterbacks of all time.

42Len Dawson

43Joe Flacco
Look, joe flacco went 11-0 touchdown vs interception rating tying Joe montana's record as well. May not be the best, but he's pretty good. [ Coming from a Bengals fan ]

44Cam Newton

45Warren Moon

46Tim Couch
Who the hell is Tim couch

47Ryan Tannehill

48Phil Simms

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