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The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time

List RulesVote up the top QBs in NFL history

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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  • New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    34,310
    17,029

    BirthplaceSan Mateo, California

    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)
    NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2009)
    3× First-team All-Pro (2007, 2010, 2017)
    14× Pro Bowl (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009–2018)
    4× NFL passing touchdowns leader (2002, 2007, 2010, 2015)
    3× NFL passing yards leader (2005, 2007, 2017)
    2× NFL passer rating leader (2007, 2010)
    NFL completion percentage leader (2007)

  • Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos
    22,234
    16,966

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    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)
    NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2012)
    7× First-team All-Pro (2003–2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013)
    14× Pro Bowl (1999, 2000, 2002–2010, 2012–2014)
    3× NFL passing yards leader (2000, 2003, 2013)
    4× NFL passing touchdowns leader (2000, 2004, 2006, 2013)
    2× NFL completion percentage leader (2003, 2012)
    3× NFL passer rating leader (2004–2006)

    NFL Hall of Fame

  • Green Bay Packers
    15,295
    10,411

    BirthplaceChico, California

    Super Bowl champion (XLV)
    Super Bowl MVP (XLV)
    3× NFL Most Valuable Player (2011, 2014, 2020)
    3× First-team All-Pro (2011, 2014, 2020)
    9× Pro Bowl (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014–2016, 2018–2020)
    3x NFL passer rating leader (2011, 2012, 2020)
    2× NFL passing touchdowns leader (2016, 2020)
    NFL completion percentage leader (2020)

  • San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs
    22,342
    17,773

    BirthplaceNew Eagle, Pennsylvania

    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)
    NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1986)
    3× First-team All-Pro (1987, 1989, 1990)
    8× Pro Bowl (1981, 1983–1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993)
    2× NFL passer rating leader (1987, 1989)
    2× NFL passing touchdowns leader (1982, 1987)
    5x NFL completion percentage leader (1980, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1989)
    ​​​​​​​NFL Hall of Fame

  • New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers
    15,545
    10,739

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Super Bowl champion (XLIV)
    Super Bowl MVP (XLIV)
    2× NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2008, 2011)
    NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2004)
    First-team All-Pro (2006)
    13× Pro Bowl (2004, 2006, 2008–2014, 2016–2019)
    7× NFL passing yards leader (2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014–2016)
    4× NFL passing touchdowns leader (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)
    2× NFL passer rating leader (2009, 2018)
    6× NFL completion percentage leader (2009–2011, 2017–2019)
    NFL Record Most career passing yards

    NFL Record Most career pass completions

  • Miami Dolphins
    14,516
    12,224

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    NFL Most Valuable Player (1984)
    NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1984)
    NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1994)
    3× First-team All-Pro (1984–1986)
    9× Pro Bowl (1983–1987, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995)
    5× NFL passing yards leader (1984–1986, 1988, 1992)
    3× NFL passing touchdowns leader (1984–1986)
    NFL passer rating leader (1984)
    ​​​​​​​NFL Hall of Fame

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  • Green Bay Packers, New York Jets
    14,297
    12,123

    BirthplaceGulfport, Mississippi

    Super Bowl champion (XXXI)
    3× NFL Most Valuable Player (1995–1997)
    NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1995)
    3× First-team All-Pro (1995–1997)
    11× Pro Bowl (1992, 1993, 1995–1997, 2001–2003, 2007–2009)
    4× NFL passing touchdowns leader (1995–1997, 2003)
    2× NFL passing yards leader (1995, 1998)
    NFL completion percentage leader (1998)
    ​​​​​​​NFL Hall of Fame

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  • Denver Broncos
    13,802
    11,665

    BirthplacePort Angeles, Washington

    2× Super Bowl champion (XXXII, XXXIII)
    Super Bowl MVP (XXXIII)
    NFL Most Valuable Player (1987)
    First-team All-Pro (1987)
    9× Pro Bowl (1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996–1998)
    NFL passing yards leader (1993)
    ​​​​​​​NFL Hall of Fame

  • Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers
    12,186
    10,314

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Super Bowl champion (V)
    3× NFL champion (1958, 1959, 1968)
    3× NFL Most Valuable Player (1959, 1964, 1967)
    5× First-team All-Pro (1958, 1959, 1964, 1965, 1967)
    10× Pro Bowl (1957–1964, 1966, 1967)
    4× NFL passing yards leader (1957, 1959, 1960, 1963)
    4× NFL passing touchdowns leader (1957–1960)
    ​​​​​​​NFL Hall of Fame

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  • San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    11,229
    10,186

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah

    3× Super Bowl champion (XXIII, XXIV, XXIX)
    Super Bowl MVP (XXIX)
    2× NFL Most Valuable Player (1992, 1994)
    NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1992)
    3× First-team All-Pro (1992–1994)
    7× Pro Bowl (1992–1998)
    4× NFL passing touchdowns leader (1992–1994, 1998)
    6× NFL passer rating leader (1991–1994, 1996, 1997)
    5× NFL completion percentage leader (1992, 1994–1997)
    ​​​​​​​NFL Hall of Fame

  • Dallas Cowboys
    9,471
    8,599

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    2× Super Bowl champion (VI, XII)
    Super Bowl MVP (VI)
    6× Pro Bowl (1971, 1975–1979)
    NFL passing touchdowns leader (1973)
    4× NFL passer rating leader (1971, 1973, 1978, 1979)
    ​​​​​​​NFL Hall of Fame

  • Green Bay Packers
    8,268
    7,667

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

    2× Super Bowl champion (I, II)
    2× Super Bowl MVP (I, II)
    5× NFL champion (1961, 1962, 1965–1967)
    4× Pro Bowl (1960–1962, 1966)
    First-team All-Pro (1966)
    NFL Most Valuable Player (1966)
    5× NFL passer rating leader (1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969)
    ​​​​​​​NFL Hall of Fame

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  • Cleveland Browns
    6,643
    6,110

    BirthplaceWaukegan, Illinois

    3× NFL champion (1950, 1954, 1955)
    3× NFL Most Valuable Player (1951, 1953, 1955)
    4× First-team All-Pro (1951, 1953–1955)
    5× Pro Bowl (1950–1954)
    2× NFL passing yards leader (1952, 1953)
    NFL passing touchdowns leader (1952)
    2× NFL passer rating leader (1953, 1955)
    NFL 1950s All-Decade Team
    NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
    NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
    ​​​​​​​NFL Hall of Fame

  • Pittsburgh Steelers
    9,241
    8,771

    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana

    4× Super Bowl champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV)
    2× Super Bowl MVP (XIII, XIV)
    NFL Most Valuable Player (1978)
    3× Pro Bowl (1975, 1978, 1979)
    First-team All-Pro (1978)
    2× NFL passing touchdowns leader (1978, 1982)
    NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
    ​​​​​​​NFL Hall of Fame

  • St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals
    7,403
    6,973

    BirthplaceBurlington, Iowa

    Super Bowl champion (XXXIV)
    Super Bowl MVP (XXXIV)
    2× NFL Most Valuable Player (1999, 2001)
    4× Pro Bowl (1999–2001, 2008)
    2× First-team All-Pro (1999, 2001)
    2× NFL passing touchdowns leader (1999, 2001)
    3× NFL completion percentage leader (1999–2001)
    2× NFL passer rating leader (1999, 2001)
    NFL passing yards leader (2001)
    ​​​​​​​NFL Hall of Fame

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  • Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants
    6,533
    6,131

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia

    9× Pro Bowl (1964, 1965, 1967–1970, 1974–1976)
    First-team All-Pro (1975)
    NFL Most Valuable Player (1975)
    NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1975)
    NFL passing yards leader (1978)
    NFL passing touchdowns leader (1975)
    ​​​​​​​NFL Hall of Fame

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  • Buffalo Bills
    6,513
    6,174

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    5× Pro Bowl (1987, 1988, 1990–1992)
    First-team All-Pro (1991)
    NFL passing touchdowns leader (1991)
    NFL passer rating leader (1990)
    NFL completion percentage leader (1990)
    ​​​​​​​NFL Hall of Fame

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    Kansas City Chiefs
    3,122
    2,157

    Super Bowl champion (LIV)
    Super Bowl MVP (LIV)
    NFL Most Valuable Player (2018)
    NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2018)
    First-team All-Pro (2018)
    3× Pro Bowl (2018–2020)
    NFL passing touchdowns leader (2018)

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  • Dallas Cowboys
    7,463
    7,528

    BirthplaceWest Covina, California

    3× Super Bowl champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)
    Super Bowl MVP (XXVII)
    6× Pro Bowl (1991–1996)
    NFL Hall of Fame​​​​​​​

  • Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers
    6,729
    6,443

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    9× Pro Bowl (1988–1995, 1997)
    First-team All-Pro (1990)
    NFL Most Valuable Player (1990)
    NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1990)
    2× NFL passing yards leader (1990, 1991)
    NFL passing touchdowns leader (1990)
    ​​​​​​​NFL Hall of Fame

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  • Seattle Seahawks
    5,716
    5,365

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Super Bowl champion (XLVIII)
    8× Pro Bowl (2012–2015, 2017–2020)
    NFL passer rating leader (2015)
    NFL passing touchdowns leader (2017)

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  • Oakland Raiders, New Orleans Saints
    4,275
    4,723

    BirthplaceFoley, Alabama

    Super Bowl champion (XI)
    NFL Most Valuable Player (1974)
    4× Pro Bowl (1973, 1974, 1976, 1977)
    2× First-team All-Pro (1974, 1976)
    NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1974)
    2× NFL passing touchdowns leader (1974, 1976)
    NFL passer rating leader (1976)
    NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
    ​​​​​​​NFL Hall of Fame

  • Chicago Bears
    2,837
    3,143

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    4× NFL champion (1940, 1941, 1943, 1946) - player, NFL champion (1963) - coach
    3× NFL All-Star (1940–1942)
    5× First-team All-Pro (1941–1944, 1947)
    NFL Most Valuable Player (1943)
    3× NFL passing yards leader (1943, 1945, 1946)
    3× NFL passing touchdowns leader (1943, 1945, 1946)
    3× NFL passer rating leader (1941, 1943, 1946)

    NFL record 7 touchdown passes in a game (tied)
    ​​​​​​​NFL Hall of Fame

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  • New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams
    5,312
    6,045

    BirthplaceBeaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Super Bowl champion (III)
    Super Bowl MVP (III)
    NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1974)
    Second-team All-Pro (1972)
    Pro Bowl (1972)
    NFL passing yards leader (1972)
    NFL passing touchdowns leader (1972)
    AFL champion (1968)
    4× AFL All-Star (1965, 1967–1969)
    First-team All-AFL (1968)
    3× Second-team All-AFL (1966, 1967, 1969)
    2× AFL Most Valuable Player (1968, 1969)
    AFL Rookie of the Year (1965)
    2× AFL passing yards leader (1966, 1967)
    AFL All-Time Team
    ​​​​​​​NFL Hall of Fame

  • Pittsburgh Steelers
    6,505
    7,277

    BirthplaceLima, Ohio, United States of America

    2× Super Bowl champion (XL, XLIII)
    NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (2004)
    6× Pro Bowl (2007, 2011, 2014–2017)
    2× NFL passing yards leader (2014, 2018)
    PFWA All-Rookie Team (2004)