Top Ten NFL Quarterbacks of All Time


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The Top Ten

Tom 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.
20 years from now when the prejudice of being one of the current best quarter backs is long gone, Brady will be moved up in rank and go down in history as the #1 best quarterback of all time. As for the surrounded by talent look at Moss comment, Moss was so good he was almost always double covered by the opposition out of fear and Brady was rarely ever able to throw to him. Check Moss's stats with the Pat's not that impressive just for that reason, and his bad attitude wich got him prematurely retired from the sport.
[Newest]Listen to Darrelle Revis's statement, he will tell you the truth.
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2Joe Montana
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?
I disagree tom brady because joe Montana had a lot of well know receiver that ever played the game Jerry rice. In the hand a 6 round quarterback that had 6 quarter choose before him had the patriot goes to win their super bowl in 3 decades since.
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.
Montana may have never lost a super bowl but you have to get there first. Brady has been to more super bowls than Montana and is likely headed to his 6th this year, Is it better to lose in the playoffs than to get to the super bowl and lose? Montana shouldn't be praised for never losing a super bowl when several years they weren't good enough to get there. Brady gave the Patriots the lead with 2 min to go or less in both the super bowls they lost. The defense let him down. Brady also has played in a salary cap era where he never keeps the same players more than 2 or 3 years tops. Montana had the greatest receiver of all time and many years the 49ers had the number defense and offense in the same year, something Brady never had because of the cap.
[Newest]Way better than brady

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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
I agree because peyton manning just got his fifth MVP. Tom Brady and Joe Montana only have 2! Peyton manning once again is one of the best quarterbacks of the game. He also broke tom Brady's passing touchdown record and drew Bree's record for passing in a season. Can anyone beat that?
[Newest]#way better than Brady

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
[Newest]He put the Broncos on the map when no one knew who we were!

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


Honestly he is the best quarterback I've seen in my 43 years of watching football
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!

6Brett 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.
Here's my man, He should be #1, no doubt about it. To his early days in the 90's with the Packers to his later days with Vikings and Jets. Favre was a great QB, his super bowl wins and clutch moments show that even a 40 year could play, and a young 23 year old could do anything. Favre's the man.
He played with more passion and desire than anyone who played the game should be higher on this list over Marino and Unitas
[Newest]Just imagine the numbers he would have put up with the new rules and a O line like brady and manning had for their careers


7Johnny Unitas
In his time, had quarterbacks and receivers had anywhere near the rule protection they do today, no telling what kind of numbers Unitas would have put up. Ranks up there with Montana.
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?
Todays quarterbacks have it real easy. you just look wrong at a receiver and they throw the flag

8Steve 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!

9Roger 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.
He is a star player

10Terry Bradshaw
When Terry connected a long hell marry pass he connected with perfect spirals. Even while going down from a hard hit. Get up and do it again. It was all or nothing for him and the TEAM. (MAV)
Terry needs to be 1 10 super bowl rings get out of here
Should be number one I'm a huge Steelers fan

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!


Shouldn't even be close to top 10.
How can troy not bed in the top 10?
[Newest]He was the cowboys legend

12Bart Starr
Bart Starr - Most NFL championships (5). 2ND highest QB rating before the NFL changed the rules to make the passer's job so easy and put skirts on the QBs. Called his own plays. Lead his team to 3 consecutive NFL championships which no one else has ever done. He was a winner - that should be way more important than stats. Maybe the most significant play in NFL history (Ice Bowl).
I agree Montana all the way by far the greatest quarterback to ever played the game
Bart Starr is the best ever

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.
Not only greatest football team of all time, but also greatest quarterback of all time, 7 out of 10 NFL championships, no modern QB will equal that plus under the worst conditions! Montana no. 2 & I saw them both play in their respective stadiums! The truth!

14Kurt Warner
He had a late start to his career and then made most of it. I am not saying he is in the top 10 but he did take two historically bad teams to the Stupor Bowl. He played very well in the Bowls he lost. Short career, great stats, great person.
Kurt Warner was great
Kurt Warner belongs at #10. One of the most Underrated Qbs ever

15Drew Brees
Brees plays in a dome and throws the ball FOR THE STATS much of the time. If he played in cold weather like brady or rodgers he would struggle
Someone said his numbers were due to the fact he plays in a dome... How many other QBs have played in a dome in the history of the NFL... One could also say that if Brees were 6'2" or 6'4" like most QBs he would have more yards as well... He was only rated as the most accurate passer and out-performed an Olympic archer on Sports Science for crying out loud... He's awesome!
He is 3 or the 6 occasions a quarterback threw for over 5000 yards in a season

16Nick Foles
This kid is the future of the Eagles organization and the future of the NFL.
Nick Foles lead the eagles to a playoff last year he is a animal
Nick Foles is absolutely terrible😢😢

17Michael Vick
What is he doing in the # 17 spot should not even be on the list


Why... is he on this list?
Michael vick should be in the 24 spot because he do lead QB in most scrambling yards

18Aaron Rodgers
Not quite the Greatest Of All Time yet, but he'll get there because he IS the best in the NFL today.
He can do anything he Wants if he puts some effort into it
Still pretty young, and just coming into his prime.
[Newest]He is amazing. Period.

19Randall Cunningham
He was a great rusher and had a good throwing arm too.
Cunningham needs to be in top 10.

20Jim 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

21Eli Manning
Eli should be before Vick.
Eli should be number 1. He is the best

22Fran 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.
The first quarterback to bring out of the pocket passing he got snubbed here
Every time I see him throw a touchdown it's so great

23Andy Dalton
Will be one of the best 2 pro bowls and every season in the playoffs
Never had a losing season in 3 seasons
He is great, but why is he 18?

24Andrew Luck
Will be the best ever when its all said and done and I'm not a colts fan
Andrew luck will be no doubt the best ever, he is on his way to the top

25Jim Kelly
Great QB belongs in top ten... it was a thrill to watch him play

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


27Ben Roethlisberger
The GREATEST rookie season of any NFL quarterback ever, two Super Bowls and counting!
He is the best

28Ken Stabler
Ken stabler is a legend! He should be in the top tens

29Joe Namath

30Matthew Stafford
The best of all time, my favorite player
Matthew stafford has lead the lions to victory in many playoffs and exhibitions. Now that doesn't mean he is the best player on the team because Calvin Johnson jr is the engine that runs the lions offense. Stafford can throw like 85 yds. That works with Calvin Johnson and Brandon pettigrews catching

31Donovan Mcnabb

32Matt Ryan
Best in the nfl in completion ratings, setting more records in a single year. Can't wait to see what he has in store for all the rest of 2014
He will win the super bowl in the 2014-15 season know that Julio Jones is off of the foot injury.

33Joey Harrington

34Brian Hoyer

35Sammy Baugh
Sammy Baugh is the pioneer of vertical passing and could be considered best of all time

36Dan Fouts
Dan flouts is the most underrated QB of all time he had barely any weapons and still played like a boss


37Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson should be at least in the top 10
The best quarterback ever


He is awesome and the best. Payton manning is horrible because HE lost the superbowl to russels team

38Tim Tebow
Better than most QB playing today. Won't play him because he is a Christian. Tim is a winner

39Matt Schaub

40Colin Kaepernick
Why is he on the list he's only played half a year
Speedy and a big arm does it all.
Better than Romo good QB but not the best

41Trent Green

42Landry Jones

43Akili Smith

44Matt Flynn

45Mark Rypien

46Cade McNown
The guy was, to put it simply, a survivor. He came back in 2007 and rocked the Raiders to the playoffs.

47Norm Van Brocklin
The only quarterback to win the championship with different teams and his last championship was with a team that had never been a contender before.

48Johnny Manziel

49Philip Rivers
Come on in 2013-2014 he had a better season then Brady and Alex Smith


50Tony Romo
Tony romo is so overrated
Romo? Seriously? Why is he even on this list?
Romo is better then rogers the only reason rogers is higher because he has a ring but 2014nis romo year to win the big one the super bowl
[Newest]He. Sucks so so so badly

51Cam Newton
Why are people like Ryan Leaf, and JaMarcus Russell ahead of him. Cam Newton had one of the best years for a rookie ever and got 2nd in the Madden 13 cover voting, and I in the final four this year. He is a big, speedy, double threat guy.
Cam is king he should be at least #10

52Ryan Leaf
Ryan Leaf went down as the biggest bust in NFL history. He was great in college but was terrible in the NFL. He only played a few seasons and was injured about half the time and when he wasn't injured he was terrible. In his NFL career he completed 48.4% of his passes for 3,666 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 34 interceptions. He should not be on this list and especially not in the top 50.
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.

53Warren Moon
Warren Moon at 47 is a travesty. What an awful list.

54Joe Flacco

55Len Dawson

56Ryan Tannehill

57JaMarcus Russell
Oh yeah, this guy is the best of all the times for sure
This better be a joke.
You mise well put sam Bradford here dang

58Tim Couch
Who the hell is Tim couch

59Phil Simms

60Roman Gabriel

61Robert Griffin III
He brought the wost team in the nfl to the playoffs his rookie year

62David Carr
Not even an NFL player

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