Top Ten NFL Quarterbacks of All Time


The Top Ten

1 Tom Brady Tom Brady Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr., is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League.

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.

Greatest. Quarterback. Ever. Enough said

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2 Joe Montana Joe Montana Joseph Clifford "Joe" Montana, Jr., nicknamed Joe Cool and The Comeback Kid, is a retired American football quarterback.

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.

Not #1. But definitely in the top five. Only reason I put Elway at #1 over Montana is because Montana had a great receiver for a lot of his career with Jerry Rice (the best football player in the history of the NFL). - mister83

He is the best I ever seen

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3 Peyton Manning Peyton Manning Peyton Williams Manning is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League.

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?

Yes, but Montana and Brady had 4 rings, Manning only has two. At the end of the day, championships matter more. - JackMM

Honors and awards

High school awards

1992, 1993 Louisiana Class 2A MVP
1993 Gatorade Circle of Champions Award
1993 Atlanta TD Club's Bobby Dodd Award
1993 New Orleans Quarterback Club Player of the Year
1993 Columbus, Ohio Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Year
1993 Gatorade High School Player of the Year (National)

College awards

1994 SEC Freshman of the Year
1995 First-team All-SEC
1995 SEC Offensive Player of the Week (vs. Arkansas)
1995 NCAA Offensive Player of the Week (vs. Arkansas)
1996 Second-team All-SEC
1996 Third-Team All-American
1996 SEC Offensive Player of the Week (vs. South Carolina)
1996 SEC Offensive Player of the Week (vs. Georgia)
1997 Davey O'Brien Award
1997 Johnny Unitas Award
1997 NCAA QB of the Year
1997 Maxwell Award
1997 James E. Sullivan Award
1997 Today's Top VIII Award
1997 SEC Championship MVP
1997 Citrus Bowl MVP
1997 Consensus All-American
1997 SEC ...more

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4 John Elway John Elway John Albert Elway Jr. is a former American football quarterback and current executive vice president of football operations and general manager of the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.

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

Johnny Cash

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5 Dan Marino Dan Marino Daniel Constantine Marino Jr. is a former American football player who was a quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League.

Funniest site I ever saw was Marino running. The look on his face when Shula called it in was telling. Yet he still scored. Had the Dolphins been able to keep Bill Arnspager for a few more years, there would have been a defense and a running game to back up Marino. But how could you argue about spending 12 minutes a quarter to score when Marino could do it in 30 seconds. It's hard to argue with success. Unlike the other quarterbacks on this list, you knew he was going to throw every down if given the chance, and you still couldn't stop him 67% of the time.

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!

Best Ever.

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6 Johnny Unitas Johnny Unitas John Constantine Unitas, nicknamed "Johnny U", or "The Golden Arm", was an American professional football player from the 1950s through the 1970s.

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.

His statistics do not look great to us now, but for his time the defenders were allowed to rough the QB, so for that time it was great

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


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7 Brett Favre Brett Favre Brett Lorenzo Favre is a former American football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.

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)

The man who no matter what team he played for, brought them immediately from a written off team, to a playoff contender. True leader.

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

Brett deserves a spot in this list...stats, leadership, excitement level, and iron man who fans lived to watch play the game. by the way--Green Bay traded him after they offered him a deal to quit and he refused...just to set the record straight. I would have gone to the Vikings too...

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8 Steve 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

He should be #2 since there is Montana GO 49ERS

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9 Roger Staubach Roger Staubach Roger Thomas Staubach, nicknamed Captain America and Captain Comeback, is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League.

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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10 Terry Bradshaw Terry Bradshaw

Should be number one I'm a huge Steelers fan

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

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

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The Contenders

11 Bart Starr Bart 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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12 Troy Aikman

The most accurate quarterback and one of the most completions in nfl history and only played 12 years of football. 3 time Super Bowl winner and over 32,000 yards, 165 Touchdowns, and 2898 completions. Including the bad years when the Cowboys sucked. On his first Super Bowl he completed 22 of 30 passes. He also made 4 touchdowns in the Super Bowl. And the reason why he didn't have the most yards is because he had emmitt smith, the greatest running back of all time

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

Troy is great think he is in the right spot

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13 Otto Graham Otto 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.

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14 Drew Brees Drew Brees Drew Christopher Brees is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League.

He should be in at least the top 5 he has thrown for five 5,000 yard seasons a super bowl ring and super bowl mvp. He is most likely going to break all time passing yards and all time passing touchdowns. He is the most accurate qb in history. Maybe even number one he should be on this list.

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

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's got the intagibles, he's clutch, tough, and no one in history has had his accuracy. Give him what Brady and manning have had over the years He would have at least won another. The saints have failed to put a team that can consistently win around the most profilic passer ever. What a shame.

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15 Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers Aaron Charles Rodgers is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.

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

Aaron is ranked as the best quarterback and that is without Gronk and Julian Eddelman. He also plays fair and isn't a big cheating baby like tom brady.

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16 Randall Cunningham Randall Cunningham Randall W. Cunningham is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League and current football coach and pastor.

I love the eagles but Randall Cunningham is way better than the eagles

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

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

Best punter ever. also was a great long snapper on Wednesdays.

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17 Kurt Warner Kurt Warner Kurtis Eugene "Kurt" Warner is a former American football quarterback, a current part-time TV football analyst, and a philanthropist.

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

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

18 Fran Tarkenton

Fran revolutionized the game with his scrambling. He started out playing for the expansion Vikings for 6 years. He was traded to the Giants in 1967. In 1966, the Giants won 1 game. During the next five years he made the Giants exciting and respectable. The 1970 Giants went 9-5 and missed the playoffs by one game. Players on those Giant teams have said that a few of those teams might not have won any games if it wasn't for Fran. Yes, the Vikings of the 70's lost 3 Super Bowls. However, The Vikings were not as good as the Dolphins, Steelers, and Raiders. The main reason why Minnesota lost those 3
Super Bowls was their offensive and defensive lines (for the most part) were blown away. Minnesota could not rush the ball of offense and their defense simply could not stop the run. Fran was not great in those Super Bowls, but he was not the main reason why they lost. Overall, Fran was brilliant at improvising and seeing the whole field. He was a man ahead of his time.

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

Fran Tarkenton = old school football is there ANYTHING BETTER THAN THAT?!

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19 Andrew Luck Andrew Luck Andrew Austen Luck is an American football quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.

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.

Why the hell is Andrew luck in the top 20 he's not even good. Also his neck beard is ugly

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20 Nick Foles Nick Foles Nicholas Edward Foles is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League.

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

To bad the eagles traded him to the rams


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