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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 Brady1
    36,328
    17,995

    Tom Brady

    New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    BirthplaceSan Mateo, California, United States of America

    7× Super Bowl champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, LIII, LV)
    5× Super Bowl MVP (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, LI, LV)
    3× NFL Most Valuable Player (2007, 2010, 2017)
    2× NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010)
    3× First-team All-Pro (2007, 2010, 2017)
    14× Pro Bowl (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009–2018)

     

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  • Drew Brees2
    16,720
    9,512

    Drew Brees

    New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers

    BirthplaceAustin, Texas, United States of America

    Super Bowl champion (XLIV)
    Super Bowl MVP (XLIV)
    2× NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2008, 2011)
    First-team All-Pro (2006)
    13× Pro Bowl (2004, 2006, 2008–2014, 2016–2019)
    NFL Record Most career passing yards
    NFL Record Most career pass completions

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  • Peyton Manning3
    22,737
    18,118

    Peyton Manning

    Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    2× Super Bowl champion (XLI, L)
    Super Bowl MVP (XLI)
    5× NFL Most Valuable Player (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013)
    2× NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2004, 2013)
    7× First-team All-Pro (2003–2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013)
    14× Pro Bowl (1999, 2000, 2002–2010, 2012–2014)

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  • Aaron Rodgers4
    15,888
    10,051

    Aaron Rodgers

    Green Bay Packers

    BirthplaceChico, California

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  • Johnny Unitas5
    12,688
    10,585

    Johnny Unitas

    Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Brett Favre6
    15,025
    12,615

    Brett Favre

    Green Bay Packers, New York Jets

    BirthplaceGulfport, Mississippi, United States of America

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  • Joe Montana7
    22,604
    19,807

    Joe Montana

    San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

    BirthplaceNew Eagle, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    4× Super Bowl champion (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV)
    3× Super Bowl MVP (XVI, XIX, XXIV)
    2× NFL Most Valuable Player (1989, 1990)
    NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1989)
    3× First-team All-Pro (1987, 1989, 1990)
    8× Pro Bowl (1981, 1983–1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993)

     

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  • John Elway8
    14,277
    12,366

    John Elway

    Denver Broncos

    BirthplacePort Angeles, Washington, United States of America

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  • Dan Marino9
    14,968
    13,205

    Dan Marino

    Miami Dolphins

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    #1 of 30 The Best College Football Quarterbacks of the 1980s#60 of 71 Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

  • Steve Young10
    11,721
    10,752

    Steve Young

    San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

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  • Roger Staubach11
    9,805
    9,160

    Roger Staubach

    Dallas Cowboys

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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    #6 of 83 The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time#1 of 11 The Best Backup Quarterbacks to Reach a Super Bowl

  • Fran Tarkenton12
    6,743
    6,291

    Fran Tarkenton

    Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, United States of America

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    #1 of 39 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the 1970s#9 of 44 The Best University of Georgia Football Players of All Time

  • Bart Starr13
    8,561
    8,102

    Bart Starr

    Green Bay Packers

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

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  • Russell Wilson14
    5,919
    5,109

    Russell Wilson

    Seattle Seahawks

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

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  • Otto Graham15
    6,772
    6,435

    Otto Graham

    Cleveland Browns

    BirthplaceWaukegan, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Kurt Warner16
    7,645
    7,298

    Kurt Warner

    St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals

    BirthplaceBurlington, Iowa, United States of America

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    #39 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon#3 of 110 The Best Los Angeles Rams of All Time

  • Jim Kelly17
    6,692
    6,391

    Jim Kelly

    Buffalo Bills

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    #14 of 64 The Best Miami Football Players of All Time#8 of 41 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '90s

  • Warren Moon18
    7,013
    6,704

    Warren Moon

    Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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    #1 of 66 The Best University of Washington Football Players Ever#32 of 35 Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Terry Bradshaw19
    9,690
    9,381

    Terry Bradshaw

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana, United States of America

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  • Troy Aikman20
    7,628
    8,017

    Troy Aikman

    Dallas Cowboys

    BirthplaceWest Covina, California, United States of America

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    #1 of 44 The Best UCLA Football Players of All Time#26 of 26 NFL Players Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

  • Patrick Mahomes II21
    2,885
    1,474

    Patrick Mahomes II

    Kansas City Chiefs

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  • Ben Roethlisberger22
    6,749
    7,488

    Ben Roethlisberger

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    BirthplaceLima, Ohio, United States of America

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    #161 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#5 of 24 The Most Hated Players In The NFL Right Now

  • Ken Stabler23
    4,343
    4,993

    Ken Stabler

    Oakland Raiders, New Orleans Saints

    BirthplaceFoley, Alabama

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    #1296 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#6 of 84 The Most Overlooked Quarterbacks of All Time

  • Philip Rivers24
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    Philip Rivers

    Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts

    BirthplaceDecatur, Alabama

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    #41 of 119 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time#34 of 41 The 41 Hottest Men in the NFL

  • Joe Namath25
    5,435
    6,438

    Joe Namath

    New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams

    BirthplaceBeaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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