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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. 

  • Tom Brady1

    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

    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

    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

    Aaron Rodgers

    Green Bay Packers

    BirthplaceChico, California

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  • Johnny Unitas5

    Johnny Unitas

    Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Brett Favre6

    Brett Favre

    Green Bay Packers, New York Jets

    BirthplaceGulfport, Mississippi, United States of America

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  • Joe Montana7

    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

    John Elway

    Denver Broncos

    BirthplacePort Angeles, Washington, United States of America

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  • Dan Marino9

    Dan Marino

    Miami Dolphins

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Steve Young10

    Steve Young

    San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

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  • Roger Staubach11

    Roger Staubach

    Dallas Cowboys

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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  • Fran Tarkenton12

    Fran Tarkenton

    Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, United States of America

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  • Bart Starr13

    Bart Starr

    Green Bay Packers

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

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  • Russell Wilson14

    Russell Wilson

    Seattle Seahawks

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

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  • Otto Graham15

    Otto Graham

    Cleveland Browns

    BirthplaceWaukegan, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Kurt Warner16

    Kurt Warner

    St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals

    BirthplaceBurlington, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Jim Kelly17

    Jim Kelly

    Buffalo Bills

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Warren Moon18

    Warren Moon

    Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Terry Bradshaw19

    Terry Bradshaw

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana, United States of America

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  • Troy Aikman20

    Troy Aikman

    Dallas Cowboys

    BirthplaceWest Covina, California, United States of America

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  • Patrick Mahomes II21

    Patrick Mahomes II

    Kansas City Chiefs


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  • Ben Roethlisberger22

    Ben Roethlisberger

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    BirthplaceLima, Ohio, United States of America

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  • Ken Stabler23

    Ken Stabler

    Oakland Raiders, New Orleans Saints

    BirthplaceFoley, Alabama

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  • Philip Rivers24

    Philip Rivers

    Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts

    BirthplaceDecatur, Alabama

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  • Joe Namath25

    Joe Namath

    New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams

    BirthplaceBeaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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