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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 fan has a different criteria that defines who is the best NFL quarterback. If you like championships, then famous quarterbacks like Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, Tom Brady, Terry Bradshaw, Peyton Manning, and Bart Starr are clearly top 10 QBs. If you like gaudy numbers then you're more likely to be a fan of Dan Marino and Brett Favre as top ten choices.

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. 

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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from San Mateo, California, United States of America

Teams: New England Patriots

Age: 38

Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). Brady has played in nine Super ...more

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Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Austin, Texas, United States of America

Teams: New Orleans Saints

Age: 36

Drew Christopher Brees (; born January 15, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). After a successful college football career ...more

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Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Chico, California

Teams: Green Bay Packers

Age: 32

Aaron Charles Rodgers (born December 2, 1983) is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). Rodgers played college football for the ...more

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Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Teams: Baltimore Colts, Louisville Cardinals football, San Diego Chargers

Age: Dec. at 69 (1933-2002)

John Constantine Unitas (; May 7, 1933 – September 11, 2002), nicknamed "Johnny U" and "The Golden Arm", was an American football player in the National Football League ...more

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Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Gulfport, Mississippi, United States of America

Teams: Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings

Age: 49

Brett Lorenzo Favre ( (listen); FARV; born October 10, 1969) is a former American football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football ...more

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John Elway is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Port Angeles, Washington, United States of America

Teams: Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

Age: 55

John Albert Elway Jr. (born June 28, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who is currently general manager and President of Football Operations of the Denver Broncos of the National ...more

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Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, BYU Cougars football, Los Angeles Express

Age: 57

Jon Steven Young (born October 11, 1961) is a former professional American football quarterback who played 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and is best known for his 13 seasons ...more

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Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Waukegan, Illinois, United States of America

Teams: Northwestern Wildcats football, Cleveland Browns

Age: Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

Otto Everett Graham Jr. (December 6, 1921 – December 17, 2003) was an American football quarterback who played for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National ...more

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Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Montgomery, Alabama

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

Age: 81

Bryan Bartlett Starr (January 9, 1934 – May 26, 2019) was a professional American football quarterback and coach. Starr played college football at the University of Alabama, and was selected by ...more

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Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Navy Midshipmen football, Dallas Cowboys

Age: 77

Roger Thomas Staubach (born February 5, 1942), nicknamed "Roger the Dodger", "Captain America" and "Captain Comeback", is an American former football quarterback in ...more

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Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Teams: Miami Dolphins

Age: 54

Daniel Constantine Marino Jr. (born September 15, 1961) is an American former football quarterback who played seventeen seasons for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). ...more

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Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from USA, Pennsylvania, East Brady

Teams: Buffalo Bills, Miami Hurricanes football, Houston Gamblers

Age: 59

James Edward Kelly (born February 14, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons and spent the entirety of his NFL career ...more

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Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from New Eagle, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Teams: Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

Age: 62

Joseph Clifford Montana Jr. (born June 11, 1956), nicknamed "Joe Cool" and "the Comeback Kid", is an American former football quarterback who played in the National Football ...more

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Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers, Washington Huskies football, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, + more

Age: 59

Harold Warren Moon (born November 18, 1956) is a former American and Canadian football quarterback who played professionally for 23 seasons. He spent the majority of his career with the Houston ...more

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

Age: 39

Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Indianapolis Colts. ...more

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Kurt Warner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Burlington, Iowa, United States of America

Teams: Iowa Barnstormers, Amsterdam Admirals, Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Northern Iowa Panthers football, + more

Age: 44

Kurtis Eugene Warner (born June 22, 1971) is an American former football quarterback. He played for three National Football League (NFL) teams: the St. Louis Rams, the New York Giants, and the ...more

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Fran Tarkenton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time

Teams: Georgia Bulldogs football team, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

Age: 79

Francis Asbury Tarkenton (born February 3, 1940) is an American former football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He played in the NFL for 18 seasons, spending ...more

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Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Cincinnati, Ohio

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

Age: 30

Russell Carrington Wilson (born November 29, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the ...more

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Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Shreveport, Louisiana, United States of America

Teams: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers

Age: 70

Terry Paxton Bradshaw (born September 2, 1948) is an American former football quarterback who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL). Since 1994, he has been a television ...more

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Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from West Covina, California, United States of America

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

Age: 49

Troy Kenneth Aikman (born November 21, 1966) is a former American football quarterback who played for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League (NFL). The number one overall draft pick ...more

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Ben Roethlisberger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Lima, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers

Age: 33

Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger Sr. (; born March 2, 1982), nicknamed Big Ben, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played ...more

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Philip Rivers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
wam72 added Quarterback from Decatur, Alabama

Teams: Los Angeles Chargers

Age: 37

Philip Michael Rivers (born December 8, 1981) is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at North Carolina ...more

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Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Foley, Alabama

Teams: New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Oakland Raiders

Age: 70

Kenneth Michael Stabler (December 25, 1945 – July 8, 2015), nicknamed "the Snake", was an American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Oakland Raiders ...more

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Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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

Age: 75

Joseph William Namath (; born May 31, 1943), nicknamed Broadway Joe, is an American former football quarterback and actor. He played college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide under coach ...more

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Archie Manning is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Drew, Mississippi

Teams: New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Ole Miss Rebels football, Minnesota Vikings

Age: 69

Elisha Archibald Manning III (born May 19, 1949) is an American former football quarterback who played professionally for 13 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played in the NFL ...more

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