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This list of the greatest quarterbacks of all time only includes the best NFLquarterbacks 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 is 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 quarterback ever. 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
15,080 9,668
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Joe Montana Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

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2
13,663 12,071
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

3
20,992 10,729
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Tom Brady Michigan Wolverines football, New England Patriots

4
9,620 7,727
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Dan Marino Miami Dolphins

5
9,824 6,201
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
John Elway Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

6
9,601 5,507
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Brett Favre Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets

7
8,319 4,737
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts, Louisville Cardinals football, San Diego Chargers

8
7,695 4,758
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Steve Young Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, BYU Cougars football

9
6,339 4,410
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Roger Staubach Navy Midshipmen football, Dallas Cowboys

10
6,696 5,002
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Terry Bradshaw Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers

11
5,761 3,883
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Bart Starr Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

12
6,734 4,400
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Drew Brees New Orleans Saints, Purdue Boilermakers football, San Diego Chargers

13
7,966 3,672
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers

14
5,351 4,561
Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Troy Aikman Dallas Cowboys

15
5,051 3,690
Kurt Warner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Kurt Warner Iowa Barnstormers, Amsterdam Admirals, Arizona Cardinals

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16
3,818 3,447
Fran Tarkenton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Fran Tarkenton Georgia Bulldogs football team, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

17
4,061 3,097
Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Warren Moon Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers, Washington Huskies football

18
4,002 2,793
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Otto Graham Northwestern Wildcats football, Cleveland Browns

19
4,025 2,884
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills, Miami Hurricanes football, Houston Gamblers

20
2,795 3,011
Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Dan Fouts Oregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers

21
3,403 3,438
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Joe Namath Los Angeles Rams, Alabama Crimson Tide Football, New York Jets

22
3,946 3,648
Ben Roethlisberger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers

23
2,602 2,734
Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Ken Stabler New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

24
2,189 2,553
Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Y. A. Tittle Baltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants

25
1,940 2,854
Bob Griese is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Bob Griese Purdue Boilermakers football, Miami Dolphins

26
3,038 4,396
Eli Manning is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Eli Manning New York Giants

27
2,228 2,470
Randall Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Randall Cunningham UNLV Rebels football, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles

28
1,866 2,162
Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Joe Theismann Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Washington Redskins, Toronto Argonauts

29
1,925 2,598
Phil Simms is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Phil Simms New York Giants

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30
1,554 2,289
Sonny Jurgensen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Sonny Jurgensen Washington Redskins, Duke Blue Devils football, Philadelphia Eagles

31
1,526 2,430
Len Dawson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Len Dawson Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs

32
1,525 2,362
Boomer Esiason is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Boomer Esiason Maryland Terrapins football, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals

33
1,360 2,073
Sid Luckman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

34
1,706 1,794
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Jim Plunkett Stanford Cardinal football, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots

35
1,889 2,465
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Drew Bledsoe Washington State Cougars football, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots

36
1,426 2,169
Norm Van Brocklin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

37
2,123 2,047
Archie Manning is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Archie Manning New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Ole Miss Rebels football

38
1,669 2,678
Donovan McNabb is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Donovan McNabb Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings

39
1,586 2,146
Steve McNair is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Steve McNair Baltimore Ravens, Alcorn State Braves, Tennessee Titans

40
1,474 1,656
George Blanda is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

41
2,158 1,917
Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks, NC State Wolfpack football, Wisconsin Badgers football

42
1,191 1,805
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Bobby Layne Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Bulldogs, Chicago Bears

43
1,688 1,762
Philip Rivers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
wam72 added Philip Rivers NC State Wolfpack football, San Diego Chargers

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44
1,024 1,775
Ken Anderson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Ken Anderson Cincinnati Bengals

45
1,625 1,417
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
hookstyler added Doug Flutie Buffalo Bills, Toronto Argonauts, New England Patriots

46
1,800 1,671
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Andrew Luck Stanford Cardinal football, Indianapolis Colts

47
1,695 2,318
Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
velvet added Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys

48
994 2,000
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Bernie Kosar Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes football

49
1,511 2,547
Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Michael Vick Virginia Tech Hokies football, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles

50
1,060 1,259
Carson Palmer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
velvet added Carson Palmer USC Trojans football, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders