The Best Quarterbacks of All Time Football Players (American)

The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

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This list of the greatest quarterbacks of all time only includes the best NFL quarterbacks to ever play professional football. Who are the best quarterbacks of all time? That is a question that experts have been tackling since the NFL first started in the 1920s. Defining who the best quarterback of all time isn't easy since every individual has a different criteria that defines who is the best NFL quarterback. If you like championships, then quarterbacks like Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, Tom Brady, Terry Bradshaw and Bart Starr are your guys. If you like gaudy numbers then you're more likely to be a fan of Peyton Manning, Dan Marino and Brett Favre.

The quarterback position is the most important in football. The position entails being a coach on the field who can call and adjust plays on a whim, being able to dissect the defensive coverage by taking a peek at what they're showing him, all while having the ability to avoid the oncoming pass rush and make accurate throws. Sounds easy right? The gentleman who are considered the best quarterbacks of all time have the rare ability to do all of these things in a matter of seconds.   

Vote for whoever you think should get the title of the best quarterback of all time. If you see someone who is missing, feel free to add them to this Ultimate List of the Best Quarterbacks of All Time. 

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  1. 1
    Up 3714
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Joe Montana

    1956 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 3583
    Down 2311

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tom Brady

    1977 More
    94
  3. 3
    Up 3081
    Down 1965
    1976 More
    94
  4. 4
    Up 2040
    Down 1181

    ranked low on reranks
    Johnny Unitas

    1933 More
    93
  5. 5
    Up 2125
    Down 1385
    1961 More
    92
  6. 6
    Up 2169
    Down 1353

    ranked low on reranks
    John Elway

    1960 More
    92
  7. 7
    Up 1924
    Down 1438

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Brett Favre

    1969 More
    86
  8. 8
    Up 1673
    Down 1086
    1961 More
    86
  9. 9
    Up 1340
    Down 868
    1942 More
    80
  10. 10
    Up 1371
    Down 1080

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Terry Bradshaw

    1948 More
    79
  11. 11
    Up 1347
    Down 804

    ranked low on reranks
    Bart Starr

    1934 More
    75
  12. 12
    Up 1404
    Down 983
    1979 More
    70
  13. 13
    Up 1073
    Down 1022

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Troy Aikman

    1966 More
    69
  14. 14
    Up 903
    Down 766
    1940 More
    66
  15. 15
    Up 1088
    Down 828
    1971 More
    65
  16. 16
    Up 937
    Down 670
    1921 More
    64
  17. 17
    Up 782
    Down 727

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jim Kelly

    1960 More
    62
  18. 18
    Up 702
    Down 750

    often listed
    Warren Moon

    1956 More
    62
  19. 19
    Up 1218
    Down 833

    ranked low on reranks
    Aaron Rodgers

    1983 More
    60
  20. 20
    Up 636
    Down 601
    1951 More
    59
  21. 21
    Up 677
    Down 536
    1914 More
    55
  22. 22
    Up 719
    Down 750

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Joe Namath

    1943 More
    54
  23. 23
    Up 576
    Down 574
    1945 More
    49
  24. 24
    Up 467
    Down 576

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bob Griese

    1945 More
    48
  25. 25
    Up 494
    Down 492

    ranked low on reranks
    Y. A. Tittle

    1926 More
    48
  26. 26
    Up 378
    Down 441
    1926 More
    42
  27. 27
    Up 597
    Down 731

    controversial
    Eli Manning

    1981 More
    42
  28. 28
    Up 321
    Down 478

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Len Dawson

    1935 More
    42
  29. 29
    Up 372
    Down 462
    1934 More
    41
  30. 30
    Up 534
    Down 829

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ben Roethlisberger

    1982 More
    40
  31. 31
    Up 352
    Down 449
    1916 More
    39
  32. 32
    Up 351
    Down 546

    controversial
    Phil Simms

    1954 More
    39
  33. 33
    Up 299
    Down 537

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Boomer Esiason

    1961 More
    36
  34. 34
    Up 322
    Down 359

    ranked low on reranks
    Joe Theismann

    1949 More
    36
  35. 35
    Up 377
    Down 621

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Drew Bledsoe

    1972 More
    36
  36. 36
    Up 291
    Down 482

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Randall Cunningham

    1963 More
    35
  37. 37
    Up 294
    Down 267

    ranked low on reranks
    George Blanda

    1927 More
    35
  38. 38
    Up 387
    Down 438
    1949 More
    35
  39. 39
    Up 312
    Down 385
    1926 More
    35
  40. 40
    Up 292
    Down 343

    ranked low on reranks
    Jim Plunkett

    1947 More
    35
  41. 41
    Up 174
    Down 250
    1949 More
    32
  42. 42
    Up 272
    Down 774

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Donovan McNabb

    1976 More
    32
  43. 43
    Up 251
    Down 460
    1940 More
    32
  44. 44
    Up 253
    Down 597

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Steve McNair

    1973 More
    31
  45. 45
    Up 189
    Down 425

    often listed &controversial
    Bernie Kosar

    1963 More
    28
  46. 46
    Up 126
    Down 198

    ranked low on reranks
    Jim McMahon

    1959 More
    25
    added by: super_bowl_47
  47. 47
    Up 39
    Down 33

    niche appeal
    Doug Flutie

    1962 More
    25
    added by: hookstyler
  48. 48
    Up 14
    Down 49

    about to drop off &ranked high on reranks
    Tim Tebow

    1987 More
    25
    added by: randen
  49. 49
    Up 81
    Down 124

    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Daryle Lamonica

    1941 More
    25
  50. 50
    Up 59
    Down 100

    controversial &niche appeal
    John Brodie

    1935 More
    25
    added by: Bogart33
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