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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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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos
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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Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs
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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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
New England Patriots
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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Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Miami Dolphins
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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Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets
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
Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos
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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Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Baltimore Colts, Louisville Cardinals football, San Diego Chargers
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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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
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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Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
New Orleans Saints
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) 10 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Green Bay Packers
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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Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Navy Midshipmen football, Dallas Cowboys
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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Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers
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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Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers
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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Kurt Warner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Iowa Barnstormers, Amsterdam Admirals, Arizona Cardinals
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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Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Dallas Cowboys
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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Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Northwestern Wildcats football, Cleveland Browns
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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Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers, Washington Huskies football
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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Fran Tarkenton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Georgia Bulldogs football team, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants
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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Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Buffalo Bills, Miami Hurricanes football, Houston Gamblers
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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Ben Roethlisberger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers
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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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
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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Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Oregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers
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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#10 of 111 The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time #6 of 45 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

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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
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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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
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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Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
Seattle Seahawks
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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