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 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 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
18,017 13,567
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
27,253 13,317
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Michigan Wolverines football, New England Patriots

3
16,877 14,982
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

4
11,783 9,713
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Miami Dolphins

5
11,930 7,972
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

6
12,072 7,088
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
10,115 6,132
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
9,463 6,367
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
7,655 5,844
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Navy Midshipmen football, Dallas Cowboys

10
8,061 6,683
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers

11
9,729 5,304
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
11,093 4,623
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Green Bay Packers

13
6,904 4,962
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

14
6,412 5,770
Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Dallas Cowboys

15
6,266 4,665
Kurt Warner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Iowa Barnstormers, Amsterdam Admirals, Arizona Cardinals

16
5,277 3,937
Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers, Washington Huskies football

17
4,704 4,263
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
4,932 3,475
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Northwestern Wildcats football, Cleveland Browns

19
5,093 3,591
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Buffalo Bills, Miami Hurricanes football, Houston Gamblers

20
3,436 3,888
Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Oregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers

21
4,303 4,393
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
5,228 4,701
Ben Roethlisberger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers

23
3,249 3,423
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
2,728 3,187
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
2,314 3,653
Bob Griese is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Purdue Boilermakers football, Miami Dolphins

26
3,830 5,849
Eli Manning is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
New York Giants

27
2,936 3,205
Randall Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
UNLV Rebels football, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles

28
1,909 2,989
Len Dawson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs

29
1,950 2,823
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
2,370 3,283
Phil Simms is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
New York Giants

31
2,330 2,790
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
2,166 2,276
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Stanford Cardinal football, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots

33
1,699 2,563
Sid Luckman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Chicago Bears, Newark Bears

34
1,786 2,637
Norm Van Brocklin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams

35
1,820 2,965
Boomer Esiason is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Maryland Terrapins football, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals

36
2,361 3,171
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
2,670 2,561
Archie Manning is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Ole Miss Rebels football

38
2,260 3,307
Donovan McNabb is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings

39
3,035 2,580
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
2,071 2,683
Steve McNair is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Baltimore Ravens, Alcorn State Braves, Tennessee Titans

41
1,821 2,073
George Blanda is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Baltimore Colts, Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers

42
2,375 2,273
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
1,482 2,218
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Bulldogs, Chicago Bears

44
1,279 2,262
Ken Anderson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Cincinnati Bengals

45
2,046 1,962
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
hookstyler added Buffalo Bills, Toronto Argonauts, New England Patriots

46
2,296 3,244
Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Virginia Tech Hokies football, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles

47
2,280 2,360
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Stanford Cardinal football, Indianapolis Colts

48
2,334 3,102
Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
velvet added Dallas Cowboys

49
1,980 1,845
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
1,251 2,503
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Quarterbacks of All Time
Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes football