NFL The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012  

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List Rules 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
Peyton Manning Quarterback

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Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
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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Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Russell Wilson Quarterback

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Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Andrew Luck 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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Alex Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Alex Smith Quarterback

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Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Colin Kaepernick Quarterback

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Philip Rivers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Philip Rivers Quarterback

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Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Tony Romo Quarterback

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Sam Bradford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Sam Bradford Quarterback

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Jay Cutler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Jay Cutler Quarterback

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Christian Ponder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Christian Ponder 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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Josh Freeman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Josh Freeman Quarterback

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

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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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Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Tim Tebow Quarterback

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Jake Locker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Jake Locker Quarterback

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Matt Cassel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Matt Cassel Quarterback

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Matt Flynn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Matt Flynn Quarterback

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Kirk Cousins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Kirk Cousins Quarterback

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Kevin Kolb is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Kevin Kolb 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
Nick Foles Quarterback

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Matt Moore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Matt Moore Quarterback

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Mark Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Mark Sanchez Quarterback

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Chad Henne is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Chad Henne Quarterback

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Matt Hasselbeck is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Matt Hasselbeck Quarterback

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Christian Ponder is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Christian Ponder Quarterback 

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Charlie Batch is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Charlie Batch Quarterback

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Byron Leftwich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Byron Leftwich Quarterback

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Terrelle Pryor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
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
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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Jon Kitna is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
Jon Kitna Quarterback

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John Beck is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NFL Quarterbacks for 2012
John Beck Quarterback