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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.

Comments about “Who is the best quarterback of all time?”

  1. eno says:

    Where’s Otto Graham?

  2. TIMTEBOW says:

    YOU’RE ALL WRONG!!!!!! ITS TIM TEBOW!!!!!!

  3. broncosfan says:

    john elway hands down

  4. JACKATTACK says:

    I’m pretty sure Joe Montana is the best QB of all time,but what about Drew Brees

  5. madison parrish says:

    dreew bress

  6. peewee says:

    I would think Tom brady for sure.

  7. TB12 says:

    Tom Brady has the best winning percentage of any QB who’s played over 100 games.

  8. winston says:

    The best qb of all time is Joe Montana who has 4 superbowl rings, 1 national title wth notre dame in 1977 and if marshall had not knocked him out in the playoffs and if seifert would have started him in the plaoffs againsts emmitt and the boys joe would have had 6 or 7 superbowl rings instead of the incredible 4 he has now.

  9. Heathy says:

    I think Brett Farve is the best ever.

  10. Drew says:

    I know I said Drew Brees is the best quarterback ever but…shouldn’t Phillip Rivers awsome to? The San Diego Chargers won all of thier games in December 2005.

  11. Drew says:

    tom brady is horible

  12. bod says:

    tom bray is the best

  13. bobdole says:

    Peyton Manning. He’s got the arm and leadership to match the rest of them but brings an intelligence to the game unknown before him.

  14. mizo says:

    me i’ll say tom brady , brett farve, and peyton manning but i relly thik it is drew brees

  15. holland74 says:

    brett favre…

  16. BRADYFORLIFE says:

    when its all said and done tom brady goona be the bestt 2 everrrr playy no questoin

  17. dragon says:

    dan marino is the best

  18. Day light says:

    Ya its Brett favre I hate to say it

  19. Anonymous says:

    Brett favre he can make a bad team good

  20. buck says:

    one thing for sure montana never got put down in the big one whoo

  21. let it rock says:

    john elway is the best QB,changing the broncos,and the number 7.

  22. Tricky says:

    Its Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw Montana is a clutch quarterback and Terry Bradshaw his team was always ahead why would Micheal Vick be on there?

  23. max&jim says:

    Daryle Lamonica is awesome. He should be on the list.

  24. vbn y says:

    There is no dought about it’s Brett Favre

  25. lulu1942 says:

    I vote for Terry Bradshaw he is the greatest

  26. Romeo says:

    Joe Montana is the best quaterback who ever played the game.

  27. abom667 says:

    unitas, he played back in a time with worse equiptment and no 2-minute drill

  28. boone says:

    This is a tough one, but I would have to say Joe Montana. Dan Marino, John Elway and Peyton Manning all rank up there, though.

  29. bsaeagle says:

    Joe Montana, no question

  30. troy boy says:

    TROY AIKMAN IS THE 3RD BEST QB OF ALL TIME HE WON 3 SUPERBOWLS WITH THE COWBOYS AND A 1 TIME SUPER BOWL MVP THE OTHER TWO WERE EMITT AND MICHAEL HE DESERVES TO BE THE NUMBER 3 QUARTERBACK OF ALL TIME.

  31. mcwilly says:

    Michael Vick anyone?!?!?

  32. billybob says:

    rich ganon is teh best qb of all times

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