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 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.

Just brilliant. Best by far, no doubt! Great overall player, great quarterback overall. Joe Montana ladies and gentlemen - thebestnbafan

Montana won a super bowl without Rice

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2Tom Brady

Tom Brady is the GOAT plain and simple. Let's go back, way back to the 1990's when Tom Brady was in Michigan...he started his freshman season behind a couple of other QBs but he worked his way up to 2nd string and was pushing for the starting job but the coach always took the upper class man so Brady, a freshman at the time, didn't get the starting job even when he was the best for the job. In his junior and senior seasons he was still in and out of the role, his senior season he was replaced by a guy named Henson, who was much more athletic could run faster and throw better than Brady...and once again as a senior Brady was sitting on the bench. But the coaches had forgotten about one very important aspect...and aspect they couldn't really observe...and that was Brady's heart, he was just more passionate about the game than Henson he was smarter than Henson he was a better leader and just wanted it more than Henson. So a little ways into the season Henson had dug them a hole in the ...more

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 38 years old. He is playing like he's 28. He won 4 Super Bowls and is en-route to a fifth. He has consistently made all his receivers look better than they are. He has played behind a makeshift offensive line Face it, Tom Brady is the best quarterback ever.

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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 ...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?

Peyton uses teamwork and uses a good effort

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4John Elway

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 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.

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

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

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

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.

Todays quarterbacks have it real easy. you just look wrong at a receiver and they throw the flag

During Johnny U's time, Had quarterbacks and receivers been given anywhere near the rule protection they now receive, no telling what kind of numbers Unitas would have put up. Ranks up there with Montana.

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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)

He played with more passion and desire than anyone who played the game should be higher on this list over Marino and Unitas

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

When I saw tom Brady up there man I was so mad 😠. I'm a Big Steve young fan he was the Michael Vick/Aaron rodgers/Big Ben before any of them. Also Aaron Rodgers should be 2#

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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.

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10Terry Bradshaw

Obviously, most of the responders, here, never saw this man play.

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)

The QB of today is protected, he could never get hit as much as the ones before him (Brady).

Should be number one I'm a huge Steelers fan

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11Bart 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.

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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

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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

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

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 sucks only won one ring in is career sucks to be him

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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

Let me know when he wins a ring.

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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.

I am a rams fan and I am 9 remember he used to stock shelfes or 5.50 a hour and than he just gets millions from being a great quarter back he should cover brady shoul dbe his numbrer

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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

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

Why is Nick Foles even on this list? He's played for like 4 years and has done NOTHING to prove that he's any good

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

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19Andrew 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.

Will be the best ever when its all said and done and I'm not a colts fan

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

This is a joke

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20Jim 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

Brady and Montana have won 4 super bowls with three super vowl MVP's a piece. Your point?

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