The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

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This list of the greatest quarterbacks of all time only includes the best NFLquarterbacks 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 is isn't easy since every fan 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 top quarterbacks of all time are known for their excellent skills and leadership on the field. 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 and being able to dissect the defensive coverage by taking a peek at what they're showing, 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 qbs 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  best quarterback ever. If you see someone who is missing, feel free to add them to this Ultimate List of the best NFL quarterbacks of all time. 
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City ...

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    Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

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    Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

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    Miami Dolphins

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    Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time


    Tom Brady Michigan Wolverines football, New England Patriots

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    Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

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    Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets

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    Baltimore Colts, Louisville Cardinals football, San Diego Chargers

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, BYU Cougars football

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    Navy Midshipmen football, Dallas Cowboys

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    Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time


    Terry Bradshaw Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

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    Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

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    Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers

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    Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time


    Drew Brees New Orleans Saints, Purdue Boilermakers football, San Diego Chargers

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    Dallas Cowboys

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    Iowa Barnstormers, Amsterdam Admirals, Arizona Cardinals

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    Georgia Bulldogs football team, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

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    Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time


    Warren Moon Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers, Washington Huskies football

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    Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time


    Otto Graham Northwestern Wildcats football, Cleveland Browns

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    Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time


    Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills, Miami Hurricanes football, Houston Gamblers

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    Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time


    Dan Fouts Oregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers

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    Los Angeles Rams, Alabama Crimson Tide Football, New York Jets

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    Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time


    Ken Stabler New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

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    Ben Roethlisberger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time


    Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Baltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants

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    Purdue Boilermakers football, Miami Dolphins

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    Eli Manning is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time


    Eli Manning New York Giants

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    Randall Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time


    Randall Cunningham UNLV Rebels football, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

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    Joe Theismann Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Washington Redskins, Toronto Argonauts ...

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    Sonny Jurgensen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time


    Sonny Jurgensen Washington Redskins, Duke Blue Devils football, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs

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    New York Giants

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    Boomer Esiason is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time


    Boomer Esiason Maryland Terrapins football, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals

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    Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time


    Drew Bledsoe Washington State Cougars football, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots

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    Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

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    Jim Plunkett Stanford Cardinal football, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots

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    Archie Manning is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time


    Archie Manning New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Ole Miss Rebels football

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    Donovan McNabb is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

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    Donovan McNabb Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings

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    Steve McNair is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

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    Steve McNair Baltimore Ravens, Alcorn State Braves, Tennessee Titans

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    Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Bulldogs, Chicago Bears

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    Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time


    Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks, NC State Wolfpack football, Wisconsin Badgers football ...

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    Ken Anderson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

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    Ken Anderson Cincinnati Bengals

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    NC State Wolfpack football, San Diego Chargers

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    Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

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    Doug Flutie Buffalo Bills, Toronto Argonauts, New England Patriots

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    Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

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    Andrew Luck Stanford Cardinal football, Indianapolis Colts

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    Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

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    Bernie Kosar Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes football

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    Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

    added by angie.millikin
    Cam Newton Auburn Tigers football, Florida Gators football, Carolina Panthers

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    Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

    added by velvet
    Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys

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