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 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. 

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1
19,506 16,106
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
Joseph Clifford "Joe" Montana, Jr., nicknamed Joe Cool and The Comeback Kid, is a retired professional American football player, a hall of fame quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers ...more

2
31,241 14,692
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Michigan Wolverines football, New England Patriots
Thomas Edward Patrick "Tom" Brady, Jr., nicknamed Tom Terrific, is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. After playing college ...more

3
18,537 16,539
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos
Peyton Williams Manning is an American football quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. A five-time league MVP, he played for the Indianapolis Colts for 14 seasons ...more

4
12,913 10,879
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Miami Dolphins
Daniel Constantine "Dan" Marino, Jr. is an American former football player who was a quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. The last quarterback of the ...more

5
12,882 8,933
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos
John Albert Elway, Jr. is a former American football quarterback and current General Manager and Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Denver Broncos of the National Football ...more

6
13,295 7,914
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets
Brett Lorenzo Favre is a former American football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He was a 20-year veteran of the ...more

7
11,082 6,799
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 "Johnny" Unitas, nicknamed "Johnny U", or "The Golden Arm", was an American professional American football player who played from the 1950s through ...more

8
10,323 7,165
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 "Steve" Young is a former professional American football quarterback who played 14 seasons in the National Football League. Young played college football for Brigham Young ...more

9
8,350 6,656
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Navy Midshipmen football, Dallas Cowboys
Roger Thomas Staubach is a former star National Football League quarterback who is executive chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy where he won a Heisman Trophy, and ...more

10
11,760 5,664
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
New Orleans Saints, Purdue Boilermakers football, San Diego Chargers
Drew Christopher Brees is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. After a prolific college football career at Purdue University, he was ...more

11
8,754 7,652
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers
Terry Paxton Bradshaw is a former American football quarterback who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League. Since 1994, he has been a TV analyst and co-host of Fox ...more

12
12,580 5,278
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Green Bay Packers
Aaron Charles Rodgers is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. Rodgers played college football for California, where he set several career ...more

13
7,474 5,450
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 "Bart" Starr is a former professional American football player and coach. He wore #15 and he was the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers from 1956 to 1971, during ...more

14
6,915 6,425
Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Dallas Cowboys
Troy Kenneth Aikman is a former American football quarterback who played for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League. The number one overall draft pick in 1989, Aikman played twelve ...more

15
6,872 5,173
Kurt Warner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Iowa Barnstormers, Amsterdam Admirals, Arizona Cardinals
Kurtis Eugene "Kurt" Warner is a former American football quarterback, a current part-time TV football analyst, and a philanthropist. He played for three National Football League ...more

16
5,865 4,398
Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers, Washington Huskies football
Harold Warren Moon is a former American professional gridiron football quarterback who played for the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos and the National Football League's Houston ...more

17
5,139 4,663
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
Francis Asbury "Fran" Tarkenton is a former NFL quarterback, television personality, and computer software executive. He is best known for playing with the Minnesota Vikings and New ...more

18
5,579 3,969
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Buffalo Bills, Miami Hurricanes football, Houston Gamblers
James Edward Kelly is a retired American football player, a quarterback in the National Football League for the Buffalo Bills and in the United States Football League for the Houston Gamblers. ...more

19
5,441 3,794
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Northwestern Wildcats football, Cleveland Browns
Otto Everett Graham, Jr. was an American football quarterback who played for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference and National Football League. Graham is regarded by ...more

20
3,751 4,370
Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Oregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers
Daniel Francis Fouts is a retired Hall of Fame American football quarterback in the National Football League. Fouts played his entire professional career with the San Diego Chargers from 1973 ...more

21
4,732 4,927
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 "Joe" Namath, nicknamed "Broadway Joe" or "Joe Willie", is a former American football quarterback and actor. He played college football for the ...more

22
5,776 5,303
Ben Roethlisberger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers
Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger Sr., nicknamed Big Ben, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Miami ...more

23
3,542 3,795
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 "Ken" Stabler, nicknamed "The Snake," is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers, and ...more

24
2,979 3,506
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, better known as Y. A. Tittle, is a former football quarterback in the National Football League and All-America Football Conference who played for the Baltimore Colts, ...more

25
2,488 4,067
Bob Griese is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Purdue Boilermakers football, Miami Dolphins
Robert Allen "Bob" Griese is a former American football quarterback who earned All-American honors with the Purdue Boilermakers before being drafted in 1967 by the American Football ...more