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. 

list ordered by

1
18,561 14,321
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

2
17,451 15,746
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

3
28,398 13,845
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Michigan Wolverines football, New England Patriots

4
12,216 10,132
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Miami Dolphins

5
12,254 8,346
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

6
12,497 7,420
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets

7
10,448 6,420
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Baltimore Colts, Louisville Cardinals football, San Diego Chargers

8
9,776 6,686
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

9
7,895 6,180
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Navy Midshipmen football, Dallas Cowboys

10
8,293 7,084
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers

11
10,582 5,445
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
New Orleans Saints, Purdue Boilermakers football, San Diego Chargers

12
11,685 4,886
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Green Bay Packers

13
7,095 5,154
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

14
6,614 6,024
Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Dallas Cowboys

15
6,491 4,860
Kurt Warner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Iowa Barnstormers, Amsterdam Admirals, Arizona Cardinals

16
5,515 4,110
Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers, Washington Huskies football

17
4,854 4,429
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

18
5,109 3,616
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Northwestern Wildcats football, Cleveland Browns

19
5,276 3,730
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Buffalo Bills, Miami Hurricanes football, Houston Gamblers

20
3,568 4,073
Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Oregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers

21
4,456 4,598
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

22
5,457 4,919
Ben Roethlisberger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers

23
3,360 3,566
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

24
2,818 3,321
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

25
2,383 3,814
Bob Griese is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Purdue Boilermakers football, Miami Dolphins

26
3,965 6,166
Eli Manning is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
New York Giants

27
3,059 3,353
Randall Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
UNLV Rebels football, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles

28
1,987 3,115
Len Dawson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs

29
2,018 2,956
Sonny Jurgensen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Washington Redskins, Duke Blue Devils football, Philadelphia Eagles

30
2,446 3,426
Phil Simms is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
New York Giants

31
2,428 2,915
Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Washington Redskins, Toronto Argonauts

32
1,782 2,664
Sid Luckman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Chicago Bears, Newark Bears

33
2,254 2,380
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Stanford Cardinal football, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots

34
1,851 2,737
Norm Van Brocklin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams

35
2,372 3,446
Donovan McNabb is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings

36
2,453 3,316
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Washington State Cougars football, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots

37
1,874 3,090
Boomer Esiason is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Maryland Terrapins football, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals

38
2,771 2,682
Archie Manning is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Ole Miss Rebels football

39
3,229 2,697
Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Seattle Seahawks, NC State Wolfpack football, Wisconsin Badgers football

40
2,161 2,793
Steve McNair is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Baltimore Ravens, Alcorn State Braves, Tennessee Titans

41
1,877 2,170
George Blanda is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Baltimore Colts, Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers

42
2,578 2,357
Philip Rivers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
wam72 added NC State Wolfpack football, San Diego Chargers

43
1,543 2,303
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Bulldogs, Chicago Bears

44
1,335 2,356
Ken Anderson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Cincinnati Bengals

45
2,417 3,381
Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Virginia Tech Hokies football, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles

46
2,135 2,055
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
hookstyler added Buffalo Bills, Toronto Argonauts, New England Patriots

47
2,413 2,465
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Stanford Cardinal football, Indianapolis Colts

48
2,437 3,238
Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
velvet added Dallas Cowboys

49
2,093 1,952
Matt Ryan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
ms12969 added Atlanta Falcons, Boston College Eagles football

50
1,307 2,600
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes football