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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 Brady1
    36,258
    17,978

    Tom Brady

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceSan Mateo, California, United States of America

    Age38

    Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for...  more

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  • Drew Brees2
    16,698
    9,463

    Drew Brees

    New Orleans Saints

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceAustin, Texas, United States of America

    Age41

    Drew Christopher Brees (; born January 15, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the...  more

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  • Peyton Manning3
    22,696
    18,095

    Peyton Manning

    Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Age44

    Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who...  more

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  • Aaron Rodgers4
    15,859
    10,019

    Aaron Rodgers

    Green Bay Packers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceChico, California

    Age36

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  • Johnny Unitas5
    12,662
    10,562

    Johnny Unitas

    Baltimore Colts, Louisville Cardinals football

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    AgeDied at 69 (1933-2002)

    John Constantine Unitas (; May 7, 1933 – September 11, 2002), nicknamed "Johnny U" and "The...  more

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  • Brett Favre6
    15,010
    12,571

    Brett Favre

    Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceGulfport, Mississippi, United States of America

    Age50

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  • Joe Montana7
    22,540
    19,800

    Joe Montana

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, San Francisco 49ers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceNew Eagle, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age59

    Joseph Clifford Montana Jr. (born June 11, 1956), nicknamed "Joe Cool" and "the Comeback Kid",...  more

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  • John Elway8
    14,244
    12,346

    John Elway

    Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplacePort Angeles, Washington, United States of America

    Age55

    John Albert Elway Jr. (born June 28, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who is...  more

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  • Dan Marino9
    14,935
    13,188

    Dan Marino

    Miami Dolphins

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age59

    Daniel Constantine Marino Jr. (born September 15, 1961) is an American former football...  more

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  • Steve Young10
    11,695
    10,733

    Steve Young

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

    Age54

    Jon Steven Young (born October 11, 1961) is a former professional American football...  more

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  • Roger Staubach11
    9,776
    9,150

    Roger Staubach

    Navy Midshipmen football, Dallas Cowboys

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

    Age73

    Roger Thomas Staubach (born February 5, 1942), nicknamed "Roger the Dodger", "Captain America"...  more

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  • Fran Tarkenton12
    6,733
    6,274

    Fran Tarkenton

    Georgia Bulldogs football team, Minnesota Vikings

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, United States of America

    Age75

    Francis Asbury Tarkenton (born February 3, 1940) is an American former football player who was...  more

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  • Russell Wilson13
    5,902
    5,084

    Russell Wilson

    Seattle Seahawks

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Age27

    Russell Carrington Wilson (born November 29, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the...  more

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  • Bart Starr14
    8,543
    8,092

    Bart Starr

    Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

    Age81

    Bryan Bartlett Starr (January 9, 1934 – May 26, 2019) was a professional American football...  more

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  • Otto Graham15
    6,751
    6,428

    Otto Graham

    Northwestern Wildcats football, Cleveland Browns

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceWaukegan, Illinois, United States of America

    AgeDied at 82 (1921-2003)

    Otto Everett Graham Jr. (December 6, 1921 – December 17, 2003) was an American football...  more

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  • Kurt Warner16
    7,632
    7,280

    Kurt Warner

    Iowa Barnstormers, Amsterdam Admirals

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceBurlington, Iowa, United States of America

    Age44

    Kurtis Eugene Warner (born June 22, 1971) is an American former football quarterback. He...  more

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  • Jim Kelly17
    6,677
    6,374

    Jim Kelly

    Buffalo Bills, Miami Hurricanes football

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age60

    James Edward Kelly (born February 14, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who...  more

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  • Terry Bradshaw18
    9,669
    9,367

    Terry Bradshaw

    Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana, United States of America

    Age67

    Terry Paxton Bradshaw (born September 2, 1948) is an American former football quarterback who...  more

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  • Warren Moon19
    6,999
    6,685

    Warren Moon

    Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Age59

    Harold Warren Moon (born November 18, 1956) is a former American and Canadian football...  more

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  • Troy Aikman20
    7,608
    8,002

    Troy Aikman

    Dallas Cowboys

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceWest Covina, California, United States of America

    Age53

    Troy Kenneth Aikman (born November 21, 1966) is a former American football quarterback who...  more

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  • Ben Roethlisberger21
    6,727
    7,471

    Ben Roethlisberger

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceLima, Ohio, United States of America

    Age33

    Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger Sr. (; born March 2, 1982), nicknamed Big Ben, is an American...  more

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  • Patrick Mahomes II22
    2,866
    1,454

    Patrick Mahomes II

    Kansas City Chiefs

    PositionQuarterback

    Patrick Lavon Mahomes II (born September 17, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the...  more

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  • Ken Stabler23
    4,327
    4,986

    Ken Stabler

    New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceFoley, Alabama

    Age70

    Kenneth Michael Stabler (December 25, 1945 – July 8, 2015), nicknamed "the Snake", was an...  more

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  • Philip Rivers24
    3,970
    4,345

    Philip Rivers

    Los Angeles Chargers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceDecatur, Alabama

    Age34

    Philip Michael Rivers (born December 8, 1981) is an American football quarterback for the Los...  more

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  • Joe Namath25
    5,418
    6,433

    Joe Namath

    Los Angeles Rams, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceBeaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age77

    Joseph William Namath (; born May 31, 1943), nicknamed Broadway Joe, is an American former...  more

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