Best Quarterbacks in NFL History
The Top Ten
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 SO THE BESTV 379 Comments
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
Brady will be the best ever, because he is the most consistent, and when you come down to it, it's not how many games you play in, but what you do in that span of games you play, Brady is just over 80 career winning percentage which is first in the super bowl era of any quarterback current or all-time up to this point. Add in his 13-2 record in the playoffs, 3 super bowls, 2 MVP awards and the chance at adding to that list of mvps and championships this year, and a chance at a perfect 19-0 season is just extraordinary, as one commentator said it best, "He is as good as humanly possible. " You don't have to break every single record to be the best ever. I also forgot to mention the fact that Brady and the Patriots hold the record for the most regular season consecutive wins (18), most consecutive wins overall (including playoffs) at 21, Brady holds the single season td record for a regular season at 50, tied Staubach for the most wins in his first 100 starts at I believe it was either ...more
Hands down Greatest QB of all time!V 722 Comments
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.
People compare him to Brady just because they played in the same era and Brady has two more rings. I respect that argument, but three more MVPs at least evens the argument. We're not even considering records either. Manning has had better receivers (not that Tom hasn't had some good ones), but Tom has the clear advantage in his coaching staff, which is actually much more important. The early Patriots were also known for their great defense, a side of the ball neglected by the Colts for almost Manning's entire career. When Brady got a defense again in 2014, you saw what happened-Superbowl. When Manning got a defense in 2015-Superbowl. No matter how good a QB is, he's not winning anything without a solid defense. It really illustrates how elite the Patriots are as a organization when you consider their ability to maximize players' strengths within their system, maintain consistency, and compete for a title shot every year.
Still, you have to give credit where credit is do, and ...more
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
Hands down the GOATV 446 Comments
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.
He would own every stat if he hadn't been stuck with Dan Reeves and lousy teams!V 101 Comments
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
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
This was a hard decision to make because there are a lot of great quarterbacks with different styles and from different eras. Why I picked Marino over my other options (Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, or Johnny Unitas) is that he had the least amount of talent around him. Terry Bradshaw had a great o-line and Stallworth and Swann to throw to, of course he won a lot of games, how could the guy miss? Who did Marino have? The guy was great on his own, and that was what made him great. Also, we are in the age of Quarterbacks, yet his numbers are still holding up well (Even though Brees and Brady have passed him). In an age where there are more passing plays, he is still in a lot of top five stat columns. Enough said.
Considering he had NO ONE to help him, it's truly spectacular how amazing he was. Retired first in most major passing categories, and played in the ground-based era, but still has numbers in the top five of pretty much every list.V 106 Comments
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.
This man was unstoppable! His throwing accuracy was supernatural, there's no way you can beat Brett Favre!V 135 Comments
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.
HOW IN THE WORLD IS HE ONLY NUMBER 7! HE REVOLUTIONIZED THE GAME! HE INVENTED THE 2 MINUTE DRILL, 3-STEP DROP, 5-STEP DROP, AND THE PASS FIRST OFFENSE! ALL THE QBS WHO ARE NUMBER 6-1, DAN MARINO, JOHN ELWAY, BRETT FAVRE, PEYTON MANNING, TOM BRADY, AND JOE MONTANA MIGHT HAVE NOT EVEN HEARD OF THE PASS- FIST OFFENSE THAT MADE THE HALL-OF-FAMERS, IF IT WASNT FOR JOHNNY U. THIS LIST JUST SHOWS HOW FAR BACK YOUNGSTERS THESE DAYS REMEMBER. THEY don't REMEMBER BACK TO THE 50s-60s ERA WHERE ONLY 1 QB WAS ON TOP OF THE WORLD... JOHNNY UNITAS
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.
I lived in Baltimore and went to many of his games. He was my idol. Although being great he had a heck of an offensive line that gave him plenty of protection. The offensive line and johnny were hard to beat. I met him in his restaurant, (The Golden Arm) after he retired we became good friends. He was very humble about being a star in the NFL and attributed it to all the protection he had in each game.V 79 Comments
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.
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.
This guy had some big shoes to fill and he did a damn good job of it
Nobody has ever been a more productive QB than him. Many people say that he's masked in the shadows of Joe Montana, but honestly...I think he's better than him. - UltraGamerV 34 Comments
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
I have an actual real job and work to do, so I'll make this short and sweet. Brees will likely finish his career in the top 3 in every important passing category:
1. Completion Percentage - #1
2. Passing Yards - #1
3. Total TD Passes - #1 (Peyton Manning may beat him on this, but it will be very close, and he will finish worst at #2 and likely #1).
4. Most Attempts (combine that with best accuracy/completion percentage - that's impressive).
5. Most completions (again combine that with the best completion percentage of all time when he retires)
I have to get back to work so I don't have time to check all the other stats. He made every offense player around him a star (i.e. best in the league/NFL all time stat breaker #'s for some of those receivers/running backs, i.e. Jimmy Graham competing with Ron Gronkowski for NFL season stat history #1 records with Drew, but a 25ish mediocre player with a very good Wilson starting for Seattle). When those players went to ...more
Every year you hear all the commentators say how Brees is getting older and his numbers won't be the same. Wow these guys really need more things to talk about. I think he will finish higher on this list. Has there ever been a more consistence QB than him. Every year incredible numbers without that star receiver. They way he gets everyone into play. Definitely a league MVP for what he does. Rodgers got it the year he should of. 2012 Bounty gate almost every team (all but one Carolina) they lost to that year went to the playoffs or won the Superbowl. I talked to people and said he did this without his head coach. They said the coach didn't mean much. REALLY 7-9 no coach. Your teams needed there coach to beat Brees and the Saints. Brees has brought life to out beloved city that was broken. I am forever thankful.
I have his I AM A DREW BREES FAN, I have meet him once he is the best ever he is better than any QB in the league. he is the G.O.A.T and he is on the best team ever. JK,but he is the BLACK&GOLD of the superbowlV 93 Comments
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
Greatest ever on long pass! PeriosV 61 Comments
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.
3Superbowls, what can I say, and don't give me, he had that line or receivers or that running back (what's his name) haha
I am disappointed in this list.Hands down in top5V 44 Comments
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.
To me Aaron Rodgers is the best because 1) the way he moves around in the pocket and avoids being sack is incredible 2) When/if he needs to he has a nice pair of wheels on him to scramble, he's not the fastest but he knows how to get that first down 3) out of all the QBs in NFL history he has the best QBR in history 4) this is just an opinion but he probably won't be the most accomplished QB to play the game but I believe he will be one of the best to play the game.V 112 Comments
The greatest forgotten quarterback of all time. Sad times for Browns fans when the possibly greatest passer ever, who played for Cleveland, did so in the pre-Superbowl era that no one seems to care about. The rules have changed and it's difficult to compare different eras, but the one thing the game still needs is toughness in the clutch. You cannot possibly argue that Otto Graham takes a backseat to anyone there.
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.
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!
The one person that could reverse Cleveland's sports curse would be Otto Graham. Cavs beat it to him though. - UltraGamerV 27 Comments
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 Staubach was a true LEADER on the field, and his teams never gave up. He had a positive attitude at all times, and brought that out in his teammates. Beyond that he was an incredibly accurate passer who threw very few interceptions, he was mobile, and he had a strong arm. And, remember - he had to serve FIVE YEARS in the Navy before joining the Cowboys! Had he come in as a younger player his career would have been even more impressive! His last year, at age 38, was one of his very best, if not THE best of his career. He was simply amazing.
He is beastV 32 Comments
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 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 has won more championships than anyone. he is the greatest. brett favre is 2nd best! - jwileson
What. Why is he so low on this list. Joe Montana, much better. Tom Brady, might be better, but Peyton Manning. HELL NOV 29 Comments
"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
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.
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.
go vikingsV 9 Comments
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
goatV 47 Comments
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.
Although he did not win a Super Bowl He started the k gun and made it to 4 super Bowls in a row. I can see some of these other QB in here but Brady Quinn are you kidding me how does he make it in to the top 100 let alone top 25 pst
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
Best QB in Buffalo. - EpicJakeV 20 Comments
Ben Roethlisberger is the most underrated QB of all time by a long shot. Had he not been falsely accused of sexual assault he would be around 7 on this list. How many QB's can say that they've won two Super Bowls and been to three. He is sixth all time in playoff wins, and unlike his 2004 counterpart Eli Manning he has more than just two seasons with a playoff win, he has five. And that is with a pretty god damn terrible offensive line and back running backs (until recently). And some make the case that he has won with bad play on his part and being carried by a great defense, but what they probably don't know is that his career passer rating is 94, ninth all-time, and 10.5 points better than Eli, who is 36th on the list, and worse than Alex Smith, Ryan Tannehill, and Matt Schaub.
I am a big Ben Roethlisberger fan and even though I don't think he is the most accurate, smartest, greatest quarterback ever I do believe he is the toughest and probably one of the strongest when it comes to distance throws.
Not sure why he is so low on the list. How many records does he hold? Two super bowel rings under two different coaches with different supporting teammates. How many times has he had a higher QB rating than Brady, Manning, or Rodgers? Last year the Steelers, a team known for their defense, had the number one offense. One could easily argue they wouldn't have without this key contributor. He's top 15, maybe even 10... All time, and still has time to grow higher
Big Ben won the super bowl in his rookie year with a broken finger. He's one of the best easily. - FFDPV 38 Comments
Over rated due to his notoriety This guy is a flash in the pan. His involvement with a refusal to stand for the national anthem is a ruse to cover the fact that he is "not all that! '
Does not compare at all to any of his contemporaries or predecessors. If not for his NEGATIVE celebrity status, no one would include him in any discussion about "GOOD" QB's.
Colin kaepernick is over rated and should not be on this list that is why they sat him out against the falcons
Wait...WHAT?!V 73 Comments
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