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The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time

Updated September 29, 2020 942.0k votes 87.6k voters 953.0k views252 items

List RulesVote up the top QBs in NFL history

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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  • 1
    Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    36,674
    17,598

    Tom Brady

    New England Patriots

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceSan Mateo, California, United States of America

    Age43

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

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  • 2
    Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    16,872
    7,996

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    12,641
    9,733

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    15,586
    9,106

    Aaron Rodgers

    Green Bay Packers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceChico, California

    Age36

    Aaron Charles Rodgers (born December 2, 1983) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    21,816
    18,785

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    14,874
    12,021

    Brett Favre

    Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceGulfport, Mississippi, United States of America

    Age50

    Brett Lorenzo Favre ( (listen); FARV; born October 10, 1969) is a former American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    John Elway is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    14,006
    12,112

    John Elway

    Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplacePort Angeles, Washington, United States of America

    Age60

    John Albert Elway Jr. (born June 28, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who is... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    14,577
    13,401

    Dan Marino

    Miami Dolphins

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age54

    Daniel Constantine Marino Jr. (born September 15, 1961) is an American former football... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Fran Tarkenton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    6,663
    5,739

    Fran Tarkenton

    Georgia Bulldogs football team, Minnesota Vikings

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, United States of America

    Age80

    Francis Asbury Tarkenton (born February 3, 1940) is an American former football player who was... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    11,465
    10,613

    Steve Young

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

    Age58

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

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  • 11
    Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    5,618
    4,404

    Russell Wilson

    Seattle Seahawks

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Age31

    Russell Carrington Wilson (born November 29, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    8,468
    7,880

    Bart Starr

    Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

    Age86

    Bryan Bartlett Starr (January 9, 1934 – May 26, 2019) was a professional American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    6,647
    6,168

    Otto Graham

    Northwestern Wildcats football, Cleveland Browns

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceWaukegan, Illinois, United States of America

    AgeDec. at 82 (1921-2003)

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

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  • 14
    Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    21,529
    20,813

    Joe Montana

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, San Francisco 49ers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceNew Eagle, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age64

    Joseph Clifford Montana Jr. (born June 11, 1956), nicknamed "Joe Cool" and "the Comeback Kid",... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    9,673
    9,153

    Roger Staubach

    Navy Midshipmen football, Dallas Cowboys

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

    Age78

    Roger Thomas Staubach (born February 5, 1942), nicknamed "Roger the Dodger", "Captain America"... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    6,924
    6,535

    Warren Moon

    Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Age63

    Harold Warren Moon (born November 18, 1956) is a former American and Canadian football... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    6,565
    6,197

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Kurt Warner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    7,569
    7,205

    Kurt Warner

    Iowa Barnstormers, Amsterdam Admirals

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceBurlington, Iowa, United States of America

    Age49

    Kurtis Eugene Warner (born June 22, 1971) is an American former football quarterback. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    9,553
    9,594

    Terry Bradshaw

    Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana, USA

    Age72

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

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  • 20
    Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    7,555
    7,963

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Philip Rivers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    3,980
    3,901

    Philip Rivers

    Los Angeles Chargers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceDecatur, Alabama

    Age38

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

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  • 22
    Patrick Mahomes II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    2,193
    1,025

    Patrick Mahomes II

    Kansas City Chiefs

    PositionQuarterback

    Patrick Lavon Mahomes II (born September 17, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Ben Roethlisberger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    6,638
    7,298

    Ben Roethlisberger

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceLima, Ohio, United States of America

    Age38

    Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger Sr. (; born March 2, 1982), nicknamed Big Ben, is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    4,279
    4,906

    Ken Stabler

    New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceFoley, Alabama

    Age74

    Kenneth Michael Stabler (December 25, 1945 – July 8, 2015), nicknamed "the Snake", was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Matt Ryan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
    3,096
    3,145

    Matt Ryan

    Atlanta Falcons

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceExton, Pennsylvania

    Age35

    Matthew Thomas Ryan (born May 17, 1985) is an American football quarterback and team captain... more on Wikipedia
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