Top Ten NFL Quarterbacks of All Time


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1Joe 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'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.

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.

He is the brain of the 49ers

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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.

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.

Tom Brady best of all time

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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 more

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?

The colts had a terrible offensive line? You're full of crap

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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

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

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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 - Miamidolphins17

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!

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6Johnny 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

Best to ever play the golden arm 🏉

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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.

The only reason Favre has decent stats is because he's a boot-licking traitor who comes out of retirement with a different team because he needs more cash. (I'm not a fan of any Favre team)

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.

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 - dbsbrownell

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8Steve Young

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!

This top 10 thing sucks Steve young is better than choke artist Peyton manning

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

A true class act

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10Bart 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 was the first of the legendary quarterbacks, but not the best one.

Bart Starr is the best ever

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The Contenders

11Terry Bradshaw

Should be number one I'm a huge Steelers fan

Terry needs to be 1 10 super bowl rings get out of here

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)

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12Troy Aikman

I'm a Steelers fan and should probably be voting for Terry Bradshaw right now, but man this guy is an icon! - Ironsights51

Shouldn't even be close to top 10.

How can troy not bed in the top 10?

How dare you not put him in top 10!

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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!

Otto Graham is SO underrated, even being a hall of fame QB. Graham was incredible.

14Drew Brees

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!

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

He is 3 or the 6 occasions a quarterback threw for over 5000 yards in a season

I hope they win it all this year

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15Aaron Rodgers

Not quite the Greatest Of All Time yet, but he'll get there because he IS the best in the NFL today.

A really good quarterback. However, he is not one of the better postseason performers. He had great receivers and a great team given to him, but he is still one of the most fitting role for a quarterback.

There is no way that A Rod is number 16 on the all time list. Any body who thinks that sucks and should get off the website now! A Rod #1

He is amazing. Period.

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16Kurt 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

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17Randall Cunningham

Very tough fast and he had one of the strongest arms ever.

He was a great rusher and had a good throwing arm too.

Cunningham needs to be in top 10.

18Nick Foles

This kid is the future of the Eagles organization and the future of the NFL.

Nick Foles being 19th? Come on people he's not awful but seriously?

Nick Foles lead the eagles to a playoff last year he is a animal

Nick Foles is absolutely terrible😢😢

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19Jim Plunkett

He won 2 Super Bowls and won Super Bowl MVP. What more needs to be said? - alexmendoza

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

20Andrew Luck

He's solid but his performances against New England say a lot. He is not at the next level and I don't think he will for a while.

He didn't play well against NE. He sucked. He always does against the Pats.

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

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