Best Quarterbacks in NFL History

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1Joe Montana

Joe Montana is definitely the best and I definitely agree that Tom Brady is second so I'm glad they put those two on there aren't you?

Joe had the amazing ability to place the ball in the hands of his receivers without them missing a stride! Better than any other QB in history at doing this!

Four superbowl wins... Great throws all the time - BoredTexasDude

JOE Montana is the best quarter back in all time, but no one can beat his record.

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2Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning is HANDS DOWN the best QB ever. Peyton is the only QB that can take his team year after year after year and make the playoffs (by himself). He's the only one out of all of these other guys that can take a rookie TE or rookie WR and make them look like a 8 year a VET. You don't have to be a Colts fan to know who is the BEST QB EVER.

Enough of Tom Brady being better than Peyton Manning that's just crazy. I mean come on Peyton Manning has every thing you need in a quarterback, but Tom Brady his whole career has had a great offensive line, but Peyton Manning a lot of years had the WORST offensive line. Peyton Manning has a stronger, and more accurate arm than Tom Brady. Peyton Manning went to the playoffs 9 times straight tying an NFL record with the Tom Landry's Dallas Cowboys. Peyton Manning also works harder, plays harder, knows the game better, and has been in the league longer. Though Peyton only has 1 ring, and Tom 3 teams need Peyton. Peyton Manning and the colts went 10-6 and a loss to the jets in the Wild Card round who went to the AFC Championship. The Next The Colts went 0-13 before they finally won, went 2-14 overall, had 3 different staring quarterbacks alone that year, and got the number 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft with out Peyton Manning. I bet if Tom Brady was out for a whole season the Patriots ...more

Whoever wrote this is and idiot and has never watched football to say brady had weapons and peyton didn't

Manning is the best QB of all time. He has not had the defensive teams Brady or Montana had. If you don't believe me look for yourself Brady has never had a defense outside the top 20, while Manning has had defenses outside the top 20 a huge chunk of his career.

Also his record against Tom Brady isn't as bad as people think considering the superior teams and coaching the patriots have had. Also Peyton has beat Tom more times in the biggest game they can play against each other the AFC championship game where he holds a 2-1 record against Brady. Peyton also dominates Brady in most of the statistical categories.

Then for those of you who say stuff about the lack of offensive weapons Brady's had. Well that's not true at all Brady has had Wes welker, Randy Moss, Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Lloyd, Aaron Hernandez, Branch, Julian Edelman, and Danny Amendola who with the Rams was given the label the next Welker and Brady has failed to help him reach that potential. On top of all ...more

Peyton only stayed to get all the records. After beating the passing yard record to beat b.favre he threw 4 interceptions and had to be benched. At least the got brock to play in his place

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3Tom Brady


Wins can't be attributed to a quarterback, football is a team sport. - ryanrimmel

He holds more records than any other quarterback, highest winning percentage of any quarterback, he's won 3 Superbowls and 2 MVPs in the 9 years that he played. Obviously he's the best. One more Superbowl and no one will ever be able to touch him.

the best QB of all time he's won the superbowl 3 times amazing

The only reason tom brady got on her was because he was over rated and almost 40 percent of the usa likes the patriots so that is one of the main reasons. Yes I do admit he is good but he should be like number 12on this list

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4John Elway

Come on... Pure foot ball player. Should be #1... People who did not like him watched him if he was behind 21 to 7 with 4 minutes left he was a class act. I miss those days. I almost stoped watching football when he retired. Manning saved me...

Started in 4 super bowls (probably would of been six if he didn't get hurt in that afc championship game against buffalo).
Especially in the early ones, elway was the broncos. Once he finally had the right players around him he won a couple. I don't remember any of the other guys on the list having a game like "the drive". The guy could pull miracles out of the air all the time. If stanford would of stopped cal on that final kickoff we would be talking about that comeback as well. The guy also had probably the best arm that ever played as well, man that guy could put some smoke on it.

He can run a two minute drill in a losing situation and turn it into the most exciting football of the week. Cool under pressure, loyal, and a natural leader. I miss watch him play, but happy that he left on a high.

Best arm I have ever seen

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5Dan Marino

Simply the best pure passer the game has ever seen. He did the best with some of the most mediocre talent around him. Put Marino in the 49ers teams of the 80's cowboy teams of the 90's or patriots teams of the 00's and Marino would have won double figured superbowls. True class act and great leader

Retired first in almost every major passing record for both career and single season, including 4th quarter comebacks. The only reason John Elway is considered the comeback king is because his team considered overtime wins as 4th quarter comebacks, Dan Marino's team didn't, and by definition of comeback, an overtime win isn't a comeback. Dan Marino-36, John Elway-35, Peyton Manning-35, for top 3 comeback leaders, according to Pro-Football-reference. Com. Another Reason Elway is considered the comeback King is because he didn't throw 2 interceptions in the 4th quarter of the super bowl, but John Elway would have never won a superbowl had it not been for Terrell Davis scoring 3 touchdowns vs green bay. John Elway played terrible in the big game, just look at the superbowl stats. Dan marino deserves to be ranked #5 all time, not John Elway

Its close manning is the most cerebral QB I have ever seen, elway the best all round, and marino the best passer by far. Marino did the most with the least of any QB ever. He took a one dimensional team to the superbowl and lost to one of those juggernaut 49er teams. Not his fault he never had much talent around him. Football is the ultimate team sport. My wife would've been successful with the talent montana and brady had around them.

He is awesome

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6Brett Favre

Who can still play @ a high level at age 40? 33 TD 7 INT 4200 yards... The numbers do not lie.

Let me ask you this when you say Montana or Elway or Marino... Did any of them have to play 8 games a year in Green Bay? Can you imagine how cold it is up there. I'm from Los Angeles and trust me it is hard to twirl my thumbs when its that cold.

I can also make the argument Montana had Rice and Elway had Terrell Davis. Favre never had a marquee player on Offense, but he was fortunate to play with the great Reggie White for a couple of years. Favre will be great forever. - lookmyeyes

Favre has every record in the football bible. Manning, Brady are looking up at him. Favre was a real football player. you never saw him slide or shy away from a hit unlike Brady or Manning. He was the guy looking to take out a linebacker to get his running back an extra yard. He made all the throws and put passes in impossible spots with the strongest throwing arm I've ever seen for a quarter back or an MLB pitcher. The most exciting player to watch in the history of the NFL. Favre would make the sort of plays that make you go "how did he do that", "What was he thinking when he made that throw'? Good or bad he was fun to watch. Having Favre at quarterback could turn a 4-12 team into a Super bowl contender. It didn't matter how many points this guy was down in a game if you were a fan of the team he was facing you knew it wasn't over till the clock said zero. he was Magic in the 4th quarter. He didn't have all time Receivers like Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Randy Moss, Jerry Rice to ...more

Most exciting player in the history of the league at least. When he was on the field no one could take their eyes off of him. You cannot say that for many other players, especially quarterbacks.

Him and Aaron Rodgers are like so awesome

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7Johnny Unitas

This man not only had fantastic numbers in the passing game with records that still stand today, but the leadership and unity he brought to the Baltimore Colts was like no other. Quarterbacks today play well with lots of pads and protection by the refs. Unitas played with sometimes broken bones in a brutal scene of hard gridiron. Alongside his toughness and amazing skill was the greatest humbleness and modesty ever seen in a football player.


Oh come on, with the generalizations of kids these days. by the way, I know who Johnny Unitas is ( he played against Joe Namath and the Jets in Super Bowl III. - MusicalPony

Johnny Unitas played when there were no flags to protect the quarterback and rules favored the run game. Can't picture Tom Brady even in the same league.

Johnny should be number 2 because they didn't have much of the forward pass back then but if they did he would dominate.

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8Steve Young

In his short NFL Career as a starter. NOBODY Made an impact like Steve did. No one ran with as much guts and instinct and at the same time was intelligent enough to understand defenses like he did. Highest rated QB EVER! Most Accurate QB Ever. Biggest heart ever.

I hate Steve young and any 49er QB, but objectively this guy was the best I've ever seen, or maybe #2 behind Peyton Manning. He had a strong arm, was tough, was accurate, and could run. His defining highlight was that incredible run against the Vikings. If he was on the team of the 1980's, he would have won 6 Superbowls, not just 4.

This guy had some big shoes to fill and he did a damn good job of it

Young could rush better than any quarterback

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9Terry Bradshaw

Why are people using this section to talk about Roethlisberger? He does not compare to Bradshaw. I watched in person the Steelers destroy my Chiefs at Arrowhead the last year Bradshaw lead his team to the Superbowl. With the exception of Elway, I have never seen a quarterback throw on the run as accurately as Bradshaw. He was tough, gutsy, and could throw the long ball as good as good as the best. Yes, Bradshaw had great receivers, but it takes a great passer to be as accurate as I witnessed in person.

I'll give some love to my boy TB even though I think it's really montana for sure.

A little surprised Ben Roethlisberger isn't even in the top 41? - madcowsarecrazy

People only vote for today and forgotten people of the past, so it shows the result of the vote, that biased against things, and makes players past disadvantage, lets go to the numbers and results. Nobody like bradshaw

Give me a break his defense should be ahead of him without that defense he wouldn't have won one superbowl.

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10Drew Brees

Unless he gets injured, Brees will probably finish his career in all of the major passing categories - yardage, touchdowns, playoff appearances, playoff victories and Super Bowl appearances and perhaps SB victories. And he's only approaching his prime with a middle-to-just-above average receiving corps and an average defense. Easily better than Roethlisberger (who's had the benefit of a marvelous defense), Tarkenton (who never won a Super Bowl) and Favre (who was erratic throughout his career and the passing records he has can be attributed to his longevity, not so much his talent). Brees' statistics already have surpassed many of Young's and Warner's. Barring injury, Brees will wind up being in the group with Montana, Brady, Manning, Elway and Bradshaw and his statistics are reflecting that as his completion yardage averages between 4,000-5,000 each season and 40 touchdowns. Depending on the talent surrounding him, he may also add one or two Super Bowl rings - as well as SB MVP - to ...more

Drew Brees year in and year out put's up record setting yards in a year on a team that has made it to the Superbowl, once in it's entire career. He has never had even one league nominated number one wide receiver, typically distributing the ball to many that come and go quite frequently. He's put up the most 5,000 + yard passing seasons of any quarterback. He's fourth all time passing yards with 59,005 with three years less than Peyton Manning, five years less than Brett Farve, and one year less than Tom Brady. He currently holds the most accurate career with 66.4%. He has the most accurate season with 72%. He is tied for fourth in career touchdown passes with 416 and he is eighth all-time career passer rating with 95.7. Not to mention that he did most of this after he tore his labrum and returned to the league.

Quite simply put, nobody has achieved "more with less" than Drew Brees. His numbers (and NFL records) are on par with any of the greats of his generation - or those that came before - without any of the surrounding talent. If he'd had the "weapons" of a Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, or Aaron Rodgers, I can't even fathom the numbers he would've put up.

Did you know he hasn't had a SINGLE "pro bowl" wide receiver?!?! I mean yes, you could argue that Jimmy Graham qualifies or whatever, but even then it's only 3 years. That can't compare to the cast of characters the others have been able to utilize.

What's more, he's undersized compared to the names I've mentioned above, as well as other "greats" like: Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, John Elway etc. And he still has as many or more SB wins than P. Manning, Dan Marino, Aaron Rodgers (at the time of this post at least), and Jim Kelly.

Lastly, I'll just point out that the only thing(s) that you can even potentially say ...more

If you take into account his size (which is small for ANY era, let alone the modern-day one), the complexity of the defenses he has to match up against, and the lack of surrounding talent he's had in comparison to many (if not all) of these other players, and then realize what sort of numbers he is still putting up it's UNREAL what he has accomplished. No doubt in my mind he would be just as successful in previous eras when yes, they threw much less but defenses were simpler and defenders were inferior to today's athlete.

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The Contenders

11Troy Aikman

Number one draft pick in his rookie year. Rough beginning but then rose to the challenge and then the numbers speak for themselves. 3 superbowls wins, 1 superbowl MVP, 6 times pro bowl selection, 3 times all pro, 3rd most wins of any QB. One of the top 5 QB's of all time.

Troy always came threw no matter the situation shame for the concussions

Aikman had weapons around him (Emmitt, Michael Irvin, great defense) but he always stood in and threw regardless of the hit he knew was coming. Super strong arm and great accuracy. Definitely a Top 10. And even though Otto Graham should be on this list, there's no need for Tom Brady so no reason to push anyone else out.

COWBOYS are awesome hall of fame for him

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12Aaron Rodgers

If Brett Favre is a legend in Green Bay, and nobody can deny that, what is bigger than a legend? Oh, I know: Aaron Rodgers is! One NFL title in 4 seasons (so far) as opposed to one in 16. You do the math.
His accurate passes are unique in today's NFL. Other QBs can throw accurate passes too, but they don't even come close to Rodger's consistency. Plus, he can also run when no passing opportunity arises, which makes him the most complete quarterback ever. He should be number 2, second only to Payton Manning!

He's only 27 and he's already one of the best quarterbacks currently in the league, he can take hits, keep his cool, and deliver passes where you would least expect them, amazing accuracy, and when I say this kids going somewhere I mean to the top of the leader boards

Read below. Accurate. Accurate. Accurate. He puts balls exactly where he wants at will. I'd say second to Peyton manning and Tom Brady, but he has a lot of career left. Any qb before 1980 should be off the list. Bart Starr or Graham never dealt with the cb, d lineman and schemes we have today.

Best In the world no one is even close to him

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13Otto Graham

People tend to pick quarterbacks who played during their time and whom they watched play. you never hear otto's name spoken when folks talk about the greatest quarterbacks, but he is without a doubt the greatest quarterback ever. he played for 10 years and took his team to the world championship in all 10 years winning 7 times. he led his team to the first perfect undefeated season in 1948. this 7 time world champion quarterback played for 10 regular seasons and 10 post seasons and only lost 17 times. he is the best ever. Period!

Graham played in an era when it was much more difficult to put up the stats successful quarterbacks today enjoy. His championship record should speak for itself. I would like to see the great quarterbacks today try to have the success Graham had if they played in his era. He is simply the best ever.

the consummate leader, Graham played four years the the All American football conference and six in the NFL guiding the browns to the title game in each of them. No quarterback has won more championships then him.

The objective to football is to win. Otto was a winner. He had great stats for his era too. Hands down the best.

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14Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach had the Highest Rating when he retired after the 1979 season. Over 30 years later he still has the 2nd highest Winning Percentage for Quarterbacks with 100 or more starts. He played really 8 full seasons & took the Cowboys to 4 Super Bowls. His 9th season as a starter he was injured most of the year & came in to to pull out a Cowboy Victory against the 49ers in 1972. The 2 Super Bowls he lost as a starter he lost to the Greatest Defense of All Time (the Steelers). If Tom Landry would have played Staubach in Super Bowl V against the Baltimore Colts he would of won that one. Defenses in the 70's were allowed to use their hands on the receivers back then, much more than today. Mel Blount of the Steelers might be kicked out of a number of games if they used today's rules in the 70's. It's very hard to say who's the Greatest because of rule changers in each decade, but Staubach takes a back seat to no one. He also run the Football like Steve Young & Michael Vick. He run away ...more

When Roger Staubach was behind center you felt as though you always had a chance to win. My memories of watching him play when I was a kid were created from two different perspectives. The first was as a fan of the Miami Dolphins and completely indifferent to the Cowboys. The second was as a fan of player whose heroics had captured the imagination of a seven-year-old boy who could identify those heroics as both truly individual (in a team sport) and truly spectacular. I wasn't a Cowboys' fan - I was a Roger Staubach fan. What I remember most was his leadership and his ability to run the two-minute drill. Countless games where the Cowboys were down (by more than a field goal) in the fourth quarter with well under two minutes to go and you just knew they were going to win. You knew it, the Cowboys and their fans knew it, and their opponents knew it, You knew that when it came down to crunch time Staubach would drive his team the full length of the field and score the touchdown to go up ...more

Roger is the all time best, Charlie Waters said that all they needed to do was get the ball back in Rogers hands, they believed he would win it.

He is all star top 10 get him higher

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15Bart Starr

Bart Starr best for all time. No one else has won 5 championship rings. His teams were devoted to him because of his leadership ability. I think he was overshadowed by his coach and did not always get the respect he truly deserved. If you were to ask his team mates they would admit that they took as much leadership from Starr as they did the Bear.

bart starr has won more championships than anyone. he is the greatest. brett favre is 2nd best! - jwileson

Bart Starr was a phenomenal QB. He would be much higher on this poll except that people don't remember him. Only the most hardcore and devoted of NFL fans would have the knowledge of his unbelievable ability.

Bart Starr is a star not 18 he's 6

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16Fran Tarkenton

"The Scrambler." Tarkenton held just about every NFL passing record that existed when he retired. He also changed the game by becoming the first quarterback to take off and run when his receivers were covered. - BurtReynoldsWig

Fran Should be in the top Ten way ahead of Drew Brees Fran the man played in the cold dumpy confines of Metropolitan stadium and New York City very tough divisions and the guy just played his heart out.No he did not win the Big Game for the Vince Lombardi trophy. Who cares he is a Viking and the Vikings Hated Vince Lombardi why would they want his name in a trophy case? They wouldn't. enough said.

What are Aaron Rodgers and Terry Bradshaw doing ahead of this legend? Fran was revolutionary! When he retired he was the best stat-wise Quarterback in NFL history. Should definitely be higher.

Would be higher if he had even one ring. Duh.

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17Eli Manning

Eli is way more clutch than half the quarterbacks on this list some of which have not ever won a Superbowl. Not to mention eli has won two super bowl despite being the underdog team in every game. He is also still in his early thirties and has a chance to win more Super bowls and more Superbowl mvps.

Leading the Giants to victory in super bowl 42!

Definitely not the best but he is a very clutch QB, brought them super bowl 42 and soon a second

Great hidden talent! He works best under pressure!

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18Colin Kaepernick

Super good qb, know wonder Alex Smith lost his job.

Young and quick on his feet

This kid will become a legend on the field

Colin kaepernick is over rated and should not be on this list that is why they sat him out against the falcons

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19Tony Romo

Let Tony win the games. People just don't give him a chance. Look at Tony's record in 2013 and look at Eli's. Tony's is much better. So I think if you give him a chance AND fire Jerry Jones, the Cowboys can win their division. If you throw some luck in there too, we could be talking about Super Bowl 44.

Qb rating stats... And when you watch some games he makes greater effort than most qbs on bum plays and bad snaps.

Don't for get he game back with crack ribs against the 49ner and won the game

He's cool my favorite 2014

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20Jim Kelly

Won the AFC championship four times in a row, popularizing the no huddle offense and calling plays with multiple formations as he looked at the defense. One of the GREATEST quarterbacks to play the game hands down.

Probably top 3 if he wins 2 of those 4 consecutive super bowls. The master of the no huddle run and shoot. A true gun slinger who made good decisions and was the most fun to watch. - jcpenn10

I think he should be number one because he brought the bills to the super bowl 4 TIMES! IN A ROW!

He was a cry-baby

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