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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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Matt Ryan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
ms12969 added Quarterback from Exton, Pennsylvania

Teams: Atlanta Falcons

Age: 33

Matthew Thomas Ryan (born May 17, 1985) is an American football quarterback and team captain for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for ...more

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#30 of 79 The Best NFL Player Nicknames #59 of 120 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time

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Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Washington, D.C.

Teams: Indianapolis Colts

Age: 29

Andrew Austen Luck (born September 12, 1989) is a former American football quarterback who played all seven years of his professional career with the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football ...more

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#13 of 53 The Best No. 1 Overall NFL Draft Picks Of All Time, Ranked #206 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever #15 of 120 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time

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Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from California

Teams: Oregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers

Age: 67

Daniel Francis Fouts (born June 10, 1951) is an American former football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL). Fouts played his entire professional career with the San ...more

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#6 of 111 The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time #142 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever #7 of 45 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

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Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Marshall, Texas, United States of America

Teams: Baltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants

Age: 89

Yelberton Abraham Tittle Jr. (October 24, 1926 – October 8, 2017) was a professional American football quarterback. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for the San Francisco 49ers, ...more
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Randall Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time

Teams: UNLV Rebels football, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys

Age: 55

Randall Wade Cunningham (born March 27, 1963) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He played in the NFL for 16 seasons, primarily with the ...more

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#17 of 348 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #91 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever #16 of 45 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

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Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time

Teams: Stanford Cardinal football, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers

Age: 71

James William Plunkett (born December 5, 1947) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for sixteen seasons. He achieved his greatest success ...more

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#1,952 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #9 of 53 The Best No. 1 Overall NFL Draft Picks Of All Time, Ranked

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Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
hookstyler added Quarterback from Manchester, Maryland, United States of America

Teams: Buffalo Bills, Toronto Argonauts, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, New Jersey Generals, + more

Age: 56

Douglas Richard Flutie (born October 23, 1962) is an American former quarterback in the National Football League (NFL), Canadian Football League (CFL), and United States Football League (USFL). ...more

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#2,009 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #15 of 120 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time

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George Blanda is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback and Placekicker from Youngwood, Pennsylvania

Teams: Baltimore Colts, Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders

Age: Died at 83 (1927-2010)

George Frederick Blanda (September 17, 1927 – September 27, 2010) was an American football quarterback and placekicker who played professionally in the American Football League (AFL) and ...more

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#70 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever #90 of 140 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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Sid Luckman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from New York City, New York

Teams: Chicago Bears, Newark Bears

Age: Dec. at 82 (1916-1998)

Sidney Luckman (November 21, 1916 – July 5, 1998) was an American football quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL) from 1939 through 1950. During his 12 seasons ...more

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#2,081 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #8 of 140 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
JohnTeglia added Quarterback from Tampa, Florida

Teams: Detroit Lions

Age: 31

John Matthew Stafford (born February 7, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was raised in Dallas, Texas, and went to ...more

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#5 of 116 The Best Detroit Lions of All Time #238 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever

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Patrick Mahomes II is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
23ibaker added Patrick Mahomes II

Teams: Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Lavon Mahomes II (born September 17, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He is the son of former Major League ...more
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Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from New Brunswick, USA, New Jersey

Teams: Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Washington Redskins, Toronto Argonauts

Age: 69

Joseph Robert Theismann (born September 9, 1949) is an American former professional gridiron football player, sports commentator, corporate speaker and restaurateur. He played quarterback in the ...more

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#157 of 348 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #230 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Everlisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Steve McNair is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Mount Olive, Mississippi, United States of America

Teams: Baltimore Ravens, Alcorn State Braves, Tennessee Titans

Age: Dec. at 36 (1973-2009)

Stephen LaTreal McNair (February 14, 1973 – July 4, 2009), nicknamed Air McNair, was an American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He spent most of his career with the ...more

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#902 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive #2,082 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Craig Morton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Flint, Michigan

Teams: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Denver Broncos

Age: 72

Larry Craig Morton (born February 5, 1943) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and Denver Broncos. He played ...more

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#10 of 63 Every Quarterback To Achieve A Perfect Passer Rating #4 of 11 The Best Backup Quarterbacks to Reach a Super Bowl

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Phil Simms is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Springfield, Kentucky, USA

Teams: New York Giants

Age: 61

Phillip Martin Simms (born November 3, 1955) is a former American football quarterback who spent his entire 15-year professional career playing for the New York Giants of the National Football ...more

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#28 of 348 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #219 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever

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Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
velvet added Quarterback from San Diego, California, United States of America

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

Age: 38

Antonio Ramiro Romo (born April 21, 1980) is an American football television analyst and retired quarterback who played 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). ...more

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#280 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever #156 of 266 Celebrities Who Should Run for President #64 of 290 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Virginia

Teams: Virginia Tech Hokies football, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles

Age: 38

Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980) is a former American football quarterback who played 13 seasons in the National Football League, primarily with the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia ...more

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#1,953 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #144 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever #8 of 120 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time

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Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback and Placekicker from Santa Anna, Texas, United States of America

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Bulldogs, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Texas Longhorns football

Age: Dec. at 60 (1926-1986)

Robert Lawrence Layne (December 19, 1926 – December 1, 1986) was an American football quarterback who played for 15 seasons in the National Football League. He played for the Chicago Bears in ...more

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#105 of 165 If You Fought To The Death, Who Would You Want By Your Side? #8 of 116 The Best Detroit Lions of All Time #10 of 71 The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time

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Norm Van Brocklin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Punter and Quarterback from Parade, South Dakota

Teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams

Age: Dec. at 57 (1926-1983)

Norman Mack Van Brocklin (March 15, 1926 – May 2, 1983), nicknamed "The Dutchman" was an American football quarterback, punter, and coach in the National Football League. He was ...more
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Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time

Teams: Washington State Cougars football, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys

Age: 43

Drew McQueen Bledsoe (born February 14, 1972) is a former American football quarterback who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the New England ...more

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#1,941 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #22 of 53 The Best No. 1 Overall NFL Draft Picks Of All Time, Ranked

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Don Meredith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Mount Vernon, Texas, United States of America

Teams: SMU Mustangs football, Dallas Cowboys

Age: Dec. at 72 (1938-2010)

Joseph "Dandy" Don Meredith (April 10, 1938 – December 5, 2010) was an American football quarterback, sports commentator and actor. He spent all nine seasons of his professional ...more

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#461 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever #25 of 63 Every Quarterback To Achieve A Perfect Passer Rating

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Sonny Jurgensen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Wilmington, North Carolina

Teams: Washington Redskins, Duke Blue Devils football, Philadelphia Eagles

Age: 81

Christian Adolph Jurgensen III (born August 23, 1934), known better as Sonny Jurgensen, is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Philadelphia ...more

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#182 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever #5 of 111 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time #17 of 63 Every Quarterback To Achieve A Perfect Passer Rating

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Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
angie.millikin added Quarterback from Atlanta, Georgia

Teams: Carolina Panthers

Age: 29

Cameron Jerrell Newton (born May 11, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida and Auburn. ...more

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#21 of 53 The Best No. 1 Overall NFL Draft Picks Of All Time, Ranked #207 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever #10 of 83 The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

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Alex Smith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
ebauer2896 added Quarterback from Seattle, Washington

Teams: Utah Utes football, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

Age: 34

Alexander Douglas Smith (born May 7, 1984) is an American football quarterback for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Utah Utes, ...more

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#28 of 53 The Best No. 1 Overall NFL Draft Picks Of All Time, Ranked #95 of 111 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time #32 of 68 The Best Quarterbacks in the NFL Right Now

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Len Dawson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Quarterback from Alliance, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs

Age: 83

Leonard Ray Dawson (born June 20, 1935) is a former American football quarterback and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played 19 seasons for three professional teams, the last 14 ...more

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#902 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #642 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever #10 of 39 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the 1970s