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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.


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?



  3. flag_football // August 25, 2008 at 10:10 am // Reply

    where is Ben Roethlisberger? HE IS AWESEOM!!!!

  4. They forgot to mention that Brett Favre has the record for most consecutive starts, which is possibly the hardest record to acheive of all. I mean, sure, technically all he has to do is START the game, doesnt matter if he plays the rest as long as he starts, right? But he didnt just start, he played most, if not all, of nearly every game, even when he was injured (as long as it wasnt a critical injury). THAT is commitment to the game. Oh, and having beaten at least 3 NFL records in the past 2 years helps too.

  5. I voted for Farve, however watch out for Payton Manning. If it wasn’t for the team behind Brady he wouldn’t stand a chance. When his line is not working he can’t handle the pressure. If you don’t agree,Watch the last superbowl!

  6. Bob Griese was left out of the choices of greatest quarterbacks. I think he should be in the mix because he lead the Dolphins to two Super Bowl victories in 1971 and 1972. He also helped lead the Dolphins to a perfect season in 1972. He was a mobile quarterback, too.

  7. I think Tom Brady is the best quarterback of all time!!!!!!!Its so cool he won three superbowls and holds the world record for the most touchdowns in one season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. I think Tom Brady is the best quarterback of all time.Its so amazing that he won three superbowls.

  9. Brett farve is the best qb ever. If you dont think so you have lost your mind. i mean look at his stats. sereusly i mean he has brooken every record ther is that is good for a qb.

  10. I think Tom Brady is the very very best quarterback because he won two superbowls.Its so amazing he holds the world record for most touchdowns in one season.I am the biggest Tom Brady fan ever.

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