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
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Joe Montana

    1956 More
    100
  2. 2
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    Down 2304

    most voted &often listed
    Tom Brady

    1977 More
    94
  3. 3
    Up 3072
    Down 1959

    often listed &loved
    Peyton Manning

    1976 More
    94
  4. 4
    Up 2035
    Down 1178

    often listed &loved
    Johnny Unitas

    1933 More
    93
  5. 5
    Up 2117
    Down 1382

    often listed &loved
    Dan Marino

    1961 More
    92
  6. 6
    Up 2161
    Down 1350

    often listed &loved
    John Elway

    1960 More
    92
  7. 7
    Up 1914
    Down 1435

    often listed &loved
    Brett Favre

    1969 More
    86
  8. 8
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    Down 1086
    1961 More
    86
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    1942 More
    80
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    1948 More
    79
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    1934 More
    74
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    1979 More
    70
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    1966 More
    69
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    66
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    1971 More
    64
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    1921 More
    64
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    1960 More
    62
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    1956 More
    62
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    1983 More
    60
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    1951 More
    59
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    1914 More
    54
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    1943 More
    54
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    1945 More
    49
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    1945 More
    47
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    1926 More
    47
  26. 26
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    1926 More
    42
  27. 27
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    controversial
    Eli Manning

    1981 More
    42
  28. 28
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    Down 475
    1935 More
    41
  29. 29
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    1934 More
    41
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    controversial
    Ben Roethlisberger

    1982 More
    40
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    Down 447
    1916 More
    39
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    Up 348
    Down 545
    1954 More
    38
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    controversial
    Boomer Esiason

    1961 More
    35
  34. 34
    Up 321
    Down 357
    1949 More
    35
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    Up 376
    Down 619

    controversial
    Drew Bledsoe

    1972 More
    35
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    Down 438
    1949 More
    35
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    Down 267
    1927 More
    35
  38. 38
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    controversial
    Randall Cunningham

    1963 More
    35
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    Down 384
    1926 More
    35
  40. 40
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    Down 343
    1947 More
    35
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    Down 249
    1949 More
    32
  42. 42
    Up 271
    Down 773

    controversial
    Donovan McNabb

    1976 More
    31
  43. 43
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    Down 459
    1940 More
    31
  44. 44
    Up 252
    Down 597

    controversial
    Steve McNair

    1973 More
    30
  45. 45
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    Down 425
    1963 More
    27
  46. 46
    Up 125
    Down 198
    1959 More
    25
    added by: super_bowl_47
  47. 47
    Up 37
    Down 33

    niche appeal
    Doug Flutie

    1962 More
    25
    added by: hookstyler
  48. 48
    Up 59
    Down 99

    niche appeal
    John Brodie

    1935 More
    24
    added by: Bogart33
  49. 49
    Up 79
    Down 123
    1941 More
    24
  50. 50
    Up 85
    Down 102

    niche appeal
    Don Meredith

    1938 More
    24
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