Best Quarterbacks in NFL History

The Top Ten

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

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

The greatest without a doubt in the Super Bowl. And had the rules of his time protected QBs like they have in the past decade, he would have had a longer career - no telling what sort of numbers he could have racked up.

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2 Tom Brady Tom Brady Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr., is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. Brady is known for being the only quarterback in history to win 5 Super Bowls, and is often considered one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Brady is also frequently more.

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

Tom Brady Is THE GOAT. One more Superbowl and HE WILL CEMENT IT. He's 41 and he's playing at a level that puts 90% of the NFL's quarterbacks to shame

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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 for the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos.

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

Heis the Best.

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4 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.

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

Dan "The Man" Marino is the greatest to play the game. Not only because he capitalized even with the lack of talent on the roster throughout his time with the organization, but as a sophomore in the league broke every single season passing record in an era where DB's had the advantage and run n gun spread offense was still not even considered by many coaches.

Instead he thrived in a hard nosed league at the age of 23 until he was 37-39. He individually put two receivers on the brink of being hall of famers Mark brothers, Fryer. Even with no running game he managed to keep Dolphins in the heat of the AFC East title every year. The fire and determination you could see in Dan Marino play made me idolize the work ethic he put forward, and being born in 1992 myself I never had to many memories of watching the great, but over the years I have done nothing but look at game film of Marino, and his release precision, and confidence is unheralded in today's NFL. He is one QB ...more

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 when the Dolphins won super bowls. - WorldPuncher47592834

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5 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.

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.

His dive in Superbowl XXXII is one of the greatest moments in NFL history and rewatching today still gives me goosebumps. He really wanted that Superbowl victory and he got it, and then he followed it up with a second Superbowl win the following year.

His entire career was great and he was exciting to watch. The Broncos were almost a dynasty when he was their quarterback.

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6 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.

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.

Is this a joke? Farve is the NFL equivalent of that kid at recess who only throws Hail Mary's - Titanlord25000

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7 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.

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.

Put Unitas in today's game, with today's rules and he would stand alone. Still, the only discussion should be who was second best.

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8 Steve Young Steve Young

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. - UltraGamer

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9 Drew Brees Drew Brees Drew Christopher Brees is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He is the only player to have back to back to back 5,000 yards in three seasons straight. Brees also has the all time best completion percentage with 66.95%.

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.

the GOAT

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

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.

Lowkey this is a meme that he isn't number 1. Rodgers had only one good team EVER and they didn't even show up to the playoffs that year. Rodgers is the reason the packers have any success after 2007. Mark Murphy should open his eyes and see that qbs play less than half of every game. Rodgers is the only QB ever to win a super bowl by himself, and let me explain. Brady has the best coach ever, tons of targets, sick rb's and always a top ten defense, and just an fyi, Brady throws an int for about every 3 tds. That stats awesome right? Well rodgers throws one for about every 4 tds AND has only 3 seasons as a starter without an above 100 passer rating.

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The Newcomers

? Patrick Mahomes Patrick Mahomes

What he has done in his pretty much rookie season is jaw dropping, He will be a top 10 QB all-time sooner than we think, but too early to say now! - blucas180


He’s already breaking records in his first year as a starter. He’s gonna be good for years to come. I hope he can bring a Lombardi trophy to Kansas City at some point! - Randomator

? Nathan Peterman Nathan Peterman

Absolute Legend

Why people? - blucas180

He’s good alright. Good at passing the ball to the other defenses - Randomator

The Contenders

11 Terry Bradshaw Terry 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

I love Terry Bradshaw, and I am suprised he is not higher because he is in the Hall of Fame. I am also a huge Steelers fan.

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12 Troy Aikman Troy Aikman

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

Carson wentz.. Please. He ll b outta the league in 5 years.

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13 Otto Graham Otto Graham Otto Everett Graham Jr. was an American football quarterback who played for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference and National Football League.

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.

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.

This guy is such a forgotten player. He called all of his own plays. The only reason he's not higher is because he played in the AAFC for a good bit. - Titanlord25000

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

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.

Loved him as a quarterback

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15 Bart Starr Bart 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 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 NO

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16 Fran 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

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.

The Best scrambler is Fran Tarkenton every defender jumped on his back but he would always emerge intact and throwed a touchdown.

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17 Eli Manning Eli Manning Elisha Nelson "Eli" Manning is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He is the younger brother of former NFL quarterback Peyton 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

Took out the best team ever assembled in the NFL - blucas180

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18 Michael Vick Michael Vick Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980) is a former American football quarterback who played 13 seasons in the National Football League, primarily with the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football at Virginia Tech and was selected by the Falcons as the first overall pick more.

Michael Vick is the worst player in the World He can't shoot a 3 pointer he can't dunk a basketball most point guards can.So get a life Michael Vick And go on somewhere else like football maybe you could kick a field goal or throw interception or punt the ball but I think you need to get a batter life than missing 3 pointers every game.

Plus he can't hit any home runs, he can't dunk, he got last place in the US Open, and every time Ronaldo passes to him he gets offside or slide tackled. Worst hockey player ever! He should be in football, or better yet illegal dog fighting. - 9713524179

Truly a gifted player but had off the field issues. If he gets his act together he will slide up this list -

Best athletic QB the NFL has ever seen. Should definitely be among the best, considering he has never had a complete team to help him out, the one time he had some help just look at what he did in one half of a game on the 2010 season!

He should be number 38

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19 Jim Kelly Jim Kelly James Edward Kelly is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for eleven seasons and spent the entirety of his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills.

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

Number 1 no huddle QB

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20 Colin Kaepernick Colin Kaepernick Colin Rand Kaepernick (born November 3, 1987) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. Kaepernick played college football at the University of Nevada, where he was named the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Offensive Player of the Year twice. After graduating, he was selected more.

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


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

Andrew Luck broke a lot of Peyton Manning's records at 22 years old to 24 years old so I'm pretty sure that he'll be in at least the top 5. GO COLTS!, BOO PATRIOTS, THAT'S YOU TOM BRADY

Why the heck is Matt Schaub here in one year Andrew luck is already on. Matt Schaub's level and within the next two years top 5 easy

Will be the best when its all said and done

Go Colts

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22 Russell Wilson Russell Wilson Russell Carrington Wilson is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.

I think russel wilson is at least 20 because he has only been playing 2 almost three years and he is really good they were in the playoffs in 2012 and in.2013 so. Give them some credit come on. People vote for russel wilson and the sea hawks think. About this

2 or 3 years and he will be in the top 15. He has led the Seahawks to the playoffs with not too much support offensively. Andrew luck and RG3 have been carried to the playoffs whereas this guy has done it all himself which makes him rookie of the year for me

Russell Wilson is a true leader on and off the field. He's led the Seahawks to two Super Bowls in three years. He makes pass rushers AND defenders look like idiots on a weekly basis. And yet Kaepernick is 19th...

I think russell should be number 1 I think he is better than big ben and drew brees sam darnold and new qb Patrick mahomes and alex smith

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23 Tony Romo Tony Romo Antonio Ramiro Romo is an American football television analyst and former quarterback who played 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.

We all know " Tony Romo " is a fragile qb, but that don't matter at all. People think he is horrible just because he gets hurt a lot, but he has one of the best passer ratings in the NFL. People also have say Tony Romo should not start over 2016 4th round pick Dakota Prescott

Know as Dak Prescott, well yes he should let me tell you why, this is just like the decision that the 49ers had with Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick Tony Romo can get a lot of yards in a game, more than dak Prescott, because he has great short, medium, and deep accuracy. Just know that Tony Romo is a great qb. If his injuries don't kill him they are going to make him stronger. Tony may not be the best, but he is great.

The 2015-2016 Dallas Cowboys season epitomized why Tony Romo is so important to the them, and is one of the best NFL quarterbacks. Yes, he does get hurt, but give the guy a break, he's 35 years old. The cowboys now have one of the best NFL teams, with Romo under center. They made Magic happen in 2014, and Romo shut up his critics. But when he got hurt, they went 4-12. He is so important to them, and he is the reason why the Cowboys stay relevant. - TheClue1107

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.

This guy is great he is fragile although in terms of pocket passing he is the one of the best possibly the best - RapxGod

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24 Ben Roethlisberger Ben Roethlisberger Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger, Sr., nicknamed Big Ben, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.

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

Pick Ben roethlisberger

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25 Joe Namath Joe Namath Joseph William Namath, nicknamed "Broadway Joe", is a former American football quarterback and actor.

Joe Namath is the most overrated QB of all time. Him and David Ortiz meet up in a New Jersey alleyway every Thursday night to mull over in disbelief as to how sportswriters and general fans think of their decency as among the greatest to ever play the sport. - Satire

He was awesome. think how much better he would have been if he didn't blow out his knee

Love the coats broadway

If you look at his stats, he wasn't that good. - DoroExploro13

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26 Sammy Baugh

An accurate thrower. Baughs passing helped change the game. He won a record six NFL passing titles while also setting marks as a defensive back and a punter. He has a college football award named after him which goes to the best quarterback with the best passing statistics each season.

You could basically say he invented the long ball. And that ball he threw was a wobbly animal skinned pumpkin. No one could throw a decent spiral back then. To bad there aren't enough films of him or people would understand. Him and Whizzer White in their eras where untouchable. Probably would be now too.

The blast-from-the-past joins us here. doubled as a punter -

That Slingin Sammy Baugh ranks beneath QBs like Andrew Luck, who has been in the league like 5 minutes, is an example of how little this guy knows about football before his testicles descended. Football was played before Tom Brady or Peyton Manning arrived and it was played pretty well. It's one thing to sit back in a pocket knowing that nobody is going to hit you for fear of a penalty and another thing to sit back there and take a hard hit on every pass.

1st real NFL QB - Titanlord25000

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27 Robert Griffin III Robert Griffin III Robert Lee Griffin III, nicknamed RG3, is an American football quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League.

He is terrible! I have not seen the Redskins in the playoffs with him, so when he has more rings than Tom Brady or Joe Montana then you may call him number 4 because Tom, Joe, and Peyton kick his ass!

WHAT?!?! How can he be #39? He is awesome. My whole family has been a fan of the Redskins for as long as I can remember! Back in the 1900s they were good, then they started slacking off, but RG3 brought the Redskins up. He is awesome! My first ever jersey was his, and I'm a girl! I can't believe this, it's an outrage! UGH.

He has never done good with the Redskins and never will. If he does good with them it means he is running. If he runs he will get hurt. He didn't get hurt at Baylor because he had 300 pound guys blocking for him. The Redskins should have gotten one of those people. The Redskins don't have blockers so they just wasted a draft pick. The same draft they got Kirk Cousins who does good the the Redskins. They also have Colt Mccoy who is awesome. These two other qbs could do even better. RG3 should be RGB (Robert Griffin Bust). He could be better at another team but for now he is a bust on my list.

As a redskins fan I can’t trash rg3 to much but if you are going to put an rskins put joe theisman or even Alex Smith

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28 Jim McMahon

Jim was the best leader of all time. When they looked into his eyes, he made them believe!

Better than that

Winner winner chicken dinner how many more would the bears heve won if they kept him he played well for a long time after they traded him

The funky qb

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

You got to be on here if you can go from grocery bagger to super bowl MVP

Amazing stats... Amazing accuracy. Took hits that would sideline most other QBs. NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP. Holds Super Bowl records for most passing yards. Should easily be in the top 10. This guy elevated his team and his community.

Is it just me or are their quarterbacks who aren't going to make the hall of fame higher than quarterbacks that made the hall of fame just because they play today. how the heck are geno smith and kyle orton in front of kurt warner

Ultimate Rags to Riches story, also was not ashamed of his faith - blucas180

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30 Warren Moon Warren Moon

21 Seasons, Amazing Stats, Greatest QB The Houston Oilers ever had. The second greatest Quarterback never to win a superbowl!

Top 10 QB at LEAST... Vince Young was a good College QB but shouldn't even been mentioned in ghetto top 100 QB's...

Great stats, beautiful passer. Belongs where you put him. I agree.

He should be in the top 15 at least. He was the first African American hall of fame QB in the NFL.

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31 Norm Van Brocklin

Most people probably never heard of him but this guy had an arm on him

Lead the Eagles to beat the Packers in the 1960 championship game. The only
Time that Green Bay team lost a championship or Super Bowl. That Green Bay team was considered the most dominant of all time. I saw the game live.

The man who set the record for most yards in a game that to this day still hasn't been beaten. - htoutlaws2012

I would say the best eagles quarterback ever, followed by mcnabb, cunningham, and jaworski - RPD6478

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32 Drew Bledsoe

Unlucky to be in the same team as Brady

Loved him and he was screwed

He had some success

No super bowl won

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33 Kirk Cousins Kirk Cousins Kirk Cousins is an American football quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.

Please can we get a better pic, he's not that bad folks - blucas180

I don't like that - UltraGamer

Big beast. the best. nobody need Tom Brady all you need is this guy.

Give it time and Kirk will be up there in the top 10! 😀

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

When he was with the Eagles Randall Cunningham was the equivalent of what Michael Vick is today--maybe even better. He didn't run as much later in his career but, he still holds the all-time record for rushing yards by a QB. He was so elusive against the rush. Just plain fun to watch. Vick is a better runner, but Randall was a better passer.

Randal Cunningham had the great skill of being able to run with the ball as well as throw a great pass. He also had this elusiveness that made him a nightmare for the defense.

This is the dumbest rating ever. 33? He's behind maybe 3 quarterbacks, and is DEFINITELY the most athletic quarterback ever. - AlGalaxy

Eagles rock

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35 Dan Fouts

Dan Fouts was a great passer, and should be included among the top quarterbacks. His stats speak for themselves. If he had more help around him, he would have won the Superbowl.

Should be in the top 3 all time.

Nobody ever played at his level with an average team around him. He took a beating and still was a great as you can.

What did he win?


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36 Philip Rivers

Rivers, he should be top 20. Who the hell votes like this. Really, he is below Kyle Orton. This is the least trustable list I have ever seen. I can't believe that Ryan Leaf is even on this list.

Phillip Rivers will become an all time great

Phillip Rivers is way better than Eli Manning.

He can't even get a picture uploaded? I the only reason Rivers doesn't have a SB visit is because of Brady & Manning - blucas180

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37 Achie Manning

Archie was the football player that kept football alive and that is why people watched football he should be either 1,2,or 3

Archie Manning is the bomb.

Not in the top 50. Probably somewhere between 51-60.


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38 Sonny Jurgensen

from wikipedia:In many circles, he is recognized as the finest pure passer of his time. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, he earned three NFL individual passing titles. With a career rating of 82.6, his stats include 2,433 completions for 32,224 yards and 255 touchdowns. His strong arm is particularly notable. On a 2006 NBC 4 broadcast with George Michael, Jurgensen said in his prime he was able to throw the ball 80 yards.

I know it's a common lament, but it is truly unfortunate that the folks who vote on these things are usually too young to have seen a lot of great players. Sonny was a magician with the ball who put up remarkable numbers despite playing on weaker teams. His accuracy is what set him apart from all others. I am so thankful that I got to watch most of Sonny's career.

He was definitely in the top 10 in the 4th Quarter under two minutes -- especially when playing for George Allen. Many times Sonny was on the bench for 3 and 1/2 quarters, and then Allen would bring him in cold! And, Sonny would still play great.

Efficiency Rank, Total TDs Rank, TDs, Attempts, Avg. Attempts Per TD

1. Jurgensen (11) 255 4,262 16.71
2. Manning (7) 275 4,890 17.78
3. Unitas (6) 290 5,186 17.88
4. Tarkenton (3) 342 6,467 18.91
5. Hadl (15) 244 4,687 19.21
6. Montana (8) 273 5,391 19.75

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39 Sid Luckman

The first successful T-formation quarterback in NFL history, Luckman led the Bears to four championships including one in his MVP season of 1943. Luckman still owns most of the Bears passing records.

This is the best and long forgotten quarterback - they choose to forget to help promote todays palyers and make more money but the facts are the facts! Look it up!

7 td passes in1 game, league record 28 td passes

The best Bears QB there was Luckman. - htoutlaws2012

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40 Bobby Layne

He was the master of the two minute drill before there was a two minute drill.

He should be number 1

Best QB to ever play football he should be in the top three

The best Lions QB period! - htoutlaws2012

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41 Matt Schaub

Why the heck is Andrew Luck in here he is a rookie

He was good with the Texans now with the Falcons at backup his really showing his age of decline which means he should be lower. - htoutlaws2012

Matt Schaub Is Awful. All He Does Is Make Mistakes. You People Who Made This List Don't Know Football!

Currently backs up the much lower-rated Joe Flacco. That is, when Schaub isn't hurt, which is most of the time.

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42 George Blanda George Blanda

The Fireman. Best QB when you are WAY behind in the 4th. He got up from being pile-driven to the turf, throw a TD bomb, then kick the extra point (to win, I think).

Excellent player but played too long. -

You could always breath a sigh of relief when they put him in.

Should be higher not a lot of QB's can literally play in there 50's you have to respect that R.I.P. - htoutlaws2012

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43 Joe Theismann

The best of the best quarterback that ever played football

He is the best


44 Mark Rypien
45 Donovan Mcnabb Donovan Mcnabb Donovan Jamal McNabb is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for thirteen seasons.

Donovan McNabb should most defitnitly be in the top 10 or 25 he is one of the three qb's to go to five championships and a superbowl 22 consecutive completions against the packers 5 td's this guy is mobile crazy. He is # four on the top ten black qb's come on now give the man some credit he's up there with brady and manning if he would have won that super bowl but that didn't happen

He is better than Michael vick any day, should be to 25.

This list is pitiful why did I sign up & how do you vote players up? - blucas180

Really deserves more credit, he was my childhood hero! He should be higher than tony romo at LEAST, romo never made an NFC championship game, mcnabb led the eagles to 5 NFC championships and a super bowl - RPD6478

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46 Matthew Stafford Matthew Stafford John Matthew Stafford is an American football quarterback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. more.

He's the best no doubt.

He is on a bad team, this kid has potential to be in the top 30 at least - RPD6478

Still not even in top 60, but there's still time.

He is WAY better than Dak Prescott! - lionsforlife

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47 Nick Foles Nick Foles Nicholas Edward Foles is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was named MVP of Super Bowl LII.

He had great potential but like Kaepernick his on the tale of falling down. - htoutlaws2012

He's not the one who will take the eagles to big game.

Nick Foles is a one hit wonder and that was with Shady and Desean Jackson.

Ok qb could be better

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48 Dak Prescott Dak Prescott Rayne Dakota "Dak" Prescott is an American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.

I am a Dallas fan and when I saw Dak play his first game he was outstanding I think that he is the best rookie ever

He's the best rookie quarterback passer rating wise

Cowboys all the way

Best to ever live

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49 Len Dawson

Should be higher, stats and winning seasons, Super Bowls back it up. A pinpoint passer who could also throw the long ball

Very under-rated Put up very good stats in an era when it was much harder to complete passes.

Highly under-rated quarterback. His passing game is among the best.

Excellent quarterback. So smooth to watch

50 Carson Palmer Carson Palmer Carson Hilton Palmer is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League. He played for the Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders, and Arizona Cardinals.

When he first started with the Bengals who's alright went the raiders he sucked, now with Arizona his playing his best ever so I'd say he should be higher if he wins a super bowl this year that's a big if. - htoutlaws2012

Carson palmer is awesome he lead the Arizona cardinals to the nfc championship game in 2016

He is good

This is a joke I have been a bengals fan my whole life for Carson Palmer to be in the top 40 Quarter Backs of all time is rediculiols he is a terriable backstabbing Quarterback Andy Dalton is 10 times better than him -Ashten C.

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