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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. 

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    Tom Brady

    New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    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)

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    Drew Brees

    New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers

    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

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    Peyton Manning

    Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

    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

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    Joe Montana

    San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

    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

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    10,091

    Aaron Rodgers

    Green Bay Packers

    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)

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    Brett Favre

    Green Bay Packers, New York Jets

    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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    Johnny Unitas

    Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers

    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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    John Elway

    Denver Broncos

    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

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    Dan Marino

    Miami Dolphins

    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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    Steve Young

    San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    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

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    Roger Staubach

    Dallas Cowboys

    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

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    6,548
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    Fran Tarkenton

    Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

    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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    Bart Starr

    Green Bay Packers

    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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    Otto Graham

    Cleveland Browns

    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

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    Kurt Warner

    St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals

    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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    9,444
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    Terry Bradshaw

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    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

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    5,782
    5,135

    Russell Wilson

    Seattle Seahawks

    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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    Warren Moon

    Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers

    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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    Jim Kelly

    Buffalo Bills

    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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    7,426
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    Troy Aikman

    Dallas Cowboys

    BirthplaceWest Covina, California

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

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    Patrick Mahomes II

    Kansas City Chiefs

    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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    "Big" Ben Roethlisberger

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    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)

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    Ken Stabler

    Oakland Raiders, New Orleans Saints

    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

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    Sid Luckman

    Chicago Bears

    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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    Joe Namath

    New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams

    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

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