Football 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 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, Peyton Manning and Bart Starr are your guys. If you like gaudy numbers then you're more likely to be a fan of 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? These gentlemen, who are considered the best NFL 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 best quarterbacks in NFL history. If you see someone who is missing, feel free to add them to this ultimate list of the best NFL quarterbacks of all time. 

list ordered by

1
17,787 13,225
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

2
26,758 13,097
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Michigan Wolverines football, New England Patriots

3
16,604 14,808
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

4
11,622 9,526
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Miami Dolphins

5
11,786 7,817
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

6
11,891 6,951
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets

7
9,986 6,008
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Baltimore Colts, Louisville Cardinals football, San Diego Chargers

8
9,337 6,226
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, BYU Cougars football

9
7,555 5,708
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Navy Midshipmen football, Dallas Cowboys

10
7,946 6,519
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers

11
9,383 5,248
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
New Orleans Saints, Purdue Boilermakers football, San Diego Chargers

12
10,811 4,524
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Green Bay Packers

13
6,815 4,883
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

14
6,333 5,671
Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Dallas Cowboys

15
6,158 4,582
Kurt Warner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Iowa Barnstormers, Amsterdam Admirals, Arizona Cardinals

16
5,167 3,875
Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers, Washington Huskies football

17
4,636 4,197
Fran Tarkenton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Georgia Bulldogs football team, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

18
4,859 3,413
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Northwestern Wildcats football, Cleveland Browns

19
4,994 3,538
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Buffalo Bills, Miami Hurricanes football, Houston Gamblers

20
3,385 3,812
Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Oregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers

21
4,233 4,313
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Los Angeles Rams, Alabama Crimson Tide Football, New York Jets

22
5,126 4,618
Ben Roethlisberger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers

23
3,201 3,357
Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

24
2,677 3,134
Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Baltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants

25
2,284 3,582
Bob Griese is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Purdue Boilermakers football, Miami Dolphins

26
3,780 5,706
Eli Manning is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
New York Giants

27
2,866 3,144
Randall Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
UNLV Rebels football, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles

28
1,879 2,927
Len Dawson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs

29
1,925 2,772
Sonny Jurgensen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Washington Redskins, Duke Blue Devils football, Philadelphia Eagles

30
2,329 3,229
Phil Simms is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
New York Giants

31
2,294 2,739
Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Washington Redskins, Toronto Argonauts

32
2,135 2,232
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Stanford Cardinal football, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots

33
1,680 2,519
Sid Luckman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Chicago Bears, Newark Bears

34
1,763 2,595
Norm Van Brocklin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams

35
1,790 2,911
Boomer Esiason is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Maryland Terrapins football, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals

36
2,624 2,514
Archie Manning is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Ole Miss Rebels football

37
2,314 3,122
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Washington State Cougars football, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots

38
2,203 3,250
Donovan McNabb is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings

39
2,968 2,521
Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Seattle Seahawks, NC State Wolfpack football, Wisconsin Badgers football

40
1,796 2,032
George Blanda is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Baltimore Colts, Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers

41
2,020 2,641
Steve McNair is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Baltimore Ravens, Alcorn State Braves, Tennessee Titans

42
2,304 2,233
Philip Rivers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
wam72 added NC State Wolfpack football, San Diego Chargers

43
1,457 2,182
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Bulldogs, Chicago Bears

44
1,259 2,214
Ken Anderson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Cincinnati Bengals

45
2,011 1,917
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
hookstyler added Buffalo Bills, Toronto Argonauts, New England Patriots

46
2,223 3,190
Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Virginia Tech Hokies football, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles

47
2,230 2,303
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Stanford Cardinal football, Indianapolis Colts

48
2,274 3,038
Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
velvet added Dallas Cowboys

49
1,929 1,797
Matt Ryan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
ms12969 added Atlanta Falcons, Boston College Eagles football

50
1,220 2,460
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes football