The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012 Football Players (American)

The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012

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List Criteria: Please vote for the quarterbacks based only on their 2012 season. No college or Arena League quarterbacks

The top NFL quarterbacks in 2012 are the top passers and superstar football players who will see the most success in the 2012 National Football League season. While it's easy to argue about how to select which quarterback is the best, each of the stars below all strive to lead their respective NFL teams to the title game, the Super Bowl. Think one quarterback is better than the bunch? Want to add one not listed or re-rank this list your way? Do all of that and more below!

If you judge NFL quarterbacks by their 2012 stats, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints easily rank as the top three. All set passing records, led the league in statistical categories and, in one case, led their team to the Super Bowl. It's safe to say that these three leaders are nearly guaranteed to one day reach the Pro Football Hall of Fame, if not go down as some of the best quarterbacks of all time.

But it's not just the superstars that should get all the credit. Plenty of other NFL quarterbacks held their own during the season, even when their teams maybe didn't. Take Tony Romo for example. His Dallas Cowboys finished the 2011 season 8-8 and didn't make the playoffs yet Romo tallied over 4,000 passing yards and 31 touchdowns. Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions helped his team squeak into the sixth seed for the 2011 NFL playoffs with a 10-6 record all while Stafford topped 5,000 passing yards, 400 completions and 40 touchdowns.

History can only be an indicator of so much though. Sure the top quarterbacks from the 2011 NFL season will likely see success in 2012 ( and some will go on to be known as the best quarterbacks NFL quarterbacks of all time), there's a whole group of others, such as the new Denver Bronco Peyton Manning and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, ready to compete for the title of the best NFL quarterback of 2012.
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    Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Tom Brady Quarterback

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    Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012

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    Peyton Manning Quarterback

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    Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012

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    Aaron Rodgers Quarterback

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    Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Drew Brees Quarterback

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    Matt Ryan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Matt Ryan Quarterback

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    Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Robert Griffin III Quarterback

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    Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Andrew Luck Quarterback

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    Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012

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    Russell Wilson Quarterback

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    Eli Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Eli Manning Quarterback

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    Joe Flacco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Joe Flacco Quarterback

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    Ben Roethlisberger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Ben Roethlisberger Quarterback

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    Matt Schaub is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Matt Schaub Quarterback

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    Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Cam Newton Quarterback

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    Andy Dalton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Andy Dalton Quarterback

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    Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Matthew Stafford Quarterback

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    Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012

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    Alex Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Alex Smith Quarterback

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    Sam Bradford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Sam Bradford Quarterback

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    Jay Cutler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Jay Cutler Quarterback

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    Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Tony Romo Quarterback

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    Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Michael Vick Quarterback

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    Ryan Tannehill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012

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    Ryan Fitzpatrick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Ryan Fitzpatrick Quarterback

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    Carson Palmer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Carson Palmer Quarterback

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    Matt Cassel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Matt Cassel Quarterback

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    Kirk Cousins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012

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    Kirk Cousins Quarterback

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    Brandon Weeden is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Brandon Weeden Quarterback

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    Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Tony Gonzalez Tight end

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    Nick Foles is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012

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    Nick Foles Quarterback

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    Christian Ponder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012

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    Christian Ponder Quarterback 

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    Terrelle Pryor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012

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    Terrelle Pryor Quarterback

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    Rex Grossman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Rex Grossman Quarterback

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    Jeff Garcia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012

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    Jeff Garcia Quarterback

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    Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Troy Smith Quarterback

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    Donovan McNabb is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012


    Donovan McNabb Quarterback

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