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Who is the best quarterback of all time?

In eight seasons in the National Football League, Tom Brady has worked his way up from a bench-warming rookie into possibly the best quarterback ever. His story is told in an article in the September 2008 issue of Boys’ Life magazine.

But there are plenty of other great quarterbacks in NFL history. Here is a summary of some of them in alphabetical order. Take a look, and then vote for the best quarterback of all time.

TERRY BRADSHAW (Pittsburgh Steelers, 1970-83): First to win four Super Bowl titles (’74, ’75, ’78, ’79). Two-time Super Bowl MVP. Hall of Fame class of 1989.

TOM BRADY (New England Patriots, 2001-present): Won one NFL Most Valuable Player award and two Super Bowl MVPs. Won three of the four Super Bowls in which he has played. Holds the NFL record for most touchdown passes in a season.

JOHN ELWAY (Denver Broncos, 1983-98): Led Broncos on “The Drive” in 1986 AFC title game in cold and wind at Cleveland, moving 98 yards to beat the clock and force overtime that led to 23-20 victory. Two Super Bowl titles, including one Super Bowl MVP. Hall of Fame class of 2004.

BRETT FAVRE (Green Bay Packers, 1991-2007): Holds NFL passing records for TDs (442), yards (61,655), completions (5,377) and interceptions (228). Seven-time All-Pro and three-time NFL MVP. Led Green Bay to consecutive Super Bowls in 1996, when they beat the Patriots, and 1997, when they lost to the Broncos.

PEYTON MANNING (Indianapolis Colts, 1998-present): Foremost rival to Tom Brady for supremacy among current QBs. Led 2006 Colts to Super Bowl title and was named MVP. Two-time NFL MVP. Six-time All-Pro.

DAN MARINO (Miami Dolphins, 1983-99): Repeated knee surgeries limited mobility but still achieved terrific career statistics — 420 TDs, 61,361 yards, 37 fourth-quarter comebacks. Eight-time All-Pro, one MVP. Only Super Bowl trip came in second season (38-16 loss to 49ers). Hall of Fame class of 2005.

JOE MONTANA (San Francisco 49ers, 1979-94): “My favorite quarterback of all time,” says Tom Brady, who saw many 49ers games as a boy. “I loved the way he carried himself, his leadership ability and the way the team looked up to him.” Montana won four Super Bowls and three MVPs in 1980s. Hall of Fame class of 2000.

BART STARR (Green Bay Packers, 1956-71): The only QB to lead team to five titles (NFL champs in ’61, ’62 and ’65 before there was a Super Bowl, then ’66 and ’67 in first two Super Bowls). Two-time Super Bowl MVP. Hall of Fame class of 1977.

ROGER STAUBACH (Dallas Cowboys, 1969-79): Navy graduate’s debut delayed four years by military commitment, but still led Cowboys to four Super Bowls in the 1970’s, including two victories. Coach Tom Landry called him “possibly the best combination of passer, athlete and leader ever to play in the NFL.” Hall of Fame class of 1985.

JOHNNY UNITAS (Baltimore Colts, 1956-73): First great QB of modern era helped propel pro football toward the tremendous popularity it now enjoys when he led colts to titles in 1958 and 1959. Three-time NFL MVP. Nine-time All-Pro. Hall of Fame class of 1979.

WHO DID WE MISS?

Did your favorite quarterback not make our list? Tell us about it in the comment section below.

196 Comments on Who is the best quarterback of all time?

  1. i think you forgot vince young he’s like the best qb who sneaks besides michele vick well hes in jail so i shouldn’t talk about him.

  2. steelers fan // August 23, 2008 at 7:27 pm // Reply

    com on tom brady as #1 qb it should be terry brad shaw!!!

  3. superkid312 // August 23, 2008 at 7:10 pm // Reply

    i like brett farve vote for brett farve go brett farve

  4. YOU ARE SO RIGHT WITH TOM BRADY BUT WILL HE BE ABLE TO PASS MONTANA. MAYBE!!! BUT UTITAS WAS AMAZING.

  5. what about lucky from nebraska corn huskers

  6. they missed Jake Dellhome (Sorry, i dont know how 2 spell his name)!!!!

  7. In his 10 seasons in the NFL, Peyton Manning has been a guy who you’d always want on your team. Ever since he started From Isdore Newman to the University of

    Tennessee to the Indianapolis Colts, He had faced but completed many obsticles

    Including being picked first in 1998 before Ryan Leaf(1998-2002 San Diego Chargers) winning in the postseason in ’04 and victory after 7-straight losses to New England

    and Super Bowl title in ’06.

  8. I REALLY DISSAGREE ABOUT TOM BRADY ,BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE UNDEFEATED THEY LOST THE SUPER BOWL ,SO INSTEAD OF TOM BRADY I THINK IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ELI MANNING.

  9. patriots,celtics,redsox // August 22, 2008 at 8:18 pm // Reply

    I can’t belive the patriots lost the super bowl!!!!!!!!!!! Tom Brady is THE BEST quarterback of all time!!.

  10. some people have not ever heard of joe montana but when they get the chance to. they can hear of the stories about joe montana from long passes to QB sneaks. im not saying that tom brady isnt good hes awsome but joe montanas better. By wilky.

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