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The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time

Updated December 13, 2019 11.8k votes 1.4k voters 35.4k views46 items

Big fan of New York football? Then check out this list of New York Jets quarterbacks with photos! It includes every starting quarterback from throughout New York Jets history, including current quarterbacks and past ones. This roster contains many American football greats, players in the game with the highest ratings in the NFL. The QB is the leader of the offensive team, the one who often calls the plays. Although most teams use an offensive coordinator now, QBs still need to know the intricacies of the rules for trick plays and tactics. Vigorous training is a must-- and don't forget that a quarterback is only as good as his receivers.

Featuring 2018-2019 New York Jets and some of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time, the best Jets QBs include Joe Namath, Vinny Testaverde, Chad Pennington, and Ken O'Brien, among many other football greats.

Who are the best quarterbacks in New York Jets history? Here is every athlete who's ever held the illustrious position of New York Jets quarterback.

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    Seasons: 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972,1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965

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

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  • 2

    Seasons: 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998

    Vincent Frank Testaverde Sr. (; born November 13, 1963) is an American former football...  more

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    Chad Pennington

    Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002

    James Chadwick Pennington (born June 26, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who...  more
  • 4

    Seasons:  1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984

    Kenneth John O'Brien, Jr. (born November 27, 1960) is a former American football quarterback...  more

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  • 5

    Seasons: 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976

    Richard Todd (born November 19, 1953) is a former professional American football quarterback...  more
  • 6

    Seasons: 2016, 2015

    Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick (born November 24, 1982), nicknamed Fitzmagic, is an American football...  more

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    #70 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames#37 of 70 The Best Quarterbacks in the NFL Right Now

  • 7

    Seasons: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

    Mark Travis John Sanchez (born November 11, 1986) is a former American football quarterback....  more

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    Sam Darnold

    Seasons 2018

  • 9

    Seasons: 1995, 1994, 1993

    Norman Julius "Boomer" Esiason (; born April 17, 1961) is an American retired football...  more

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    #63 of 120 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#137 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • 10

    Seasons: 2008

    Brett Lorenzo Favre ( (listen); FARV; born October 10, 1969) is a former American football...  more

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    Pat Ryan

    Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984

    Patrick Lee Ryan (born September 16, 1955) is a former professional American football...  more
  • 12

    Seasons: 2017

    Joshua Treadwell McCown (born July 4, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the...  more

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    #28 of 28 The Oldest Active Players In The NFL Right Now#16 of 20 The Best Athletes Who Retired in 2019

  • 13

    Seasons: 1995

    Walter Andrew "Bubby" Brister, III (born August 15, 1962) is a former American football...  more
  • 14

    Seasons: 1964, 1963

    Malcolm Richard Wood (February 29, 1936 – April 4, 2015) was an American football quarterback...  more
  • 15
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    J.J. Jones

    Seasons: 1975

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    Jack Trudeau

    Seasons: 1994

    Jack Francis Trudeau (born September 9, 1962) is a former professional American football...  more
  • 17
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    Mike Taliaferro

    Seasons: 1966, 1965

    Myron Eugene Taliaferro (pronounced "tollifur", born July 26, 1941) is a former collegiate and...  more
  • 18

    Seasons: 1999

    Ray Lucas (born August 6, 1972) is a former American football quarterback in the National...  more
  • 19

    Seasons: 2014

    Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980) is a former American football quarterback who played...  more

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    Dick Jamieson

    Seasons: 1960

    Richard Alexander Jamieson (November 13, 1937 – May 2, 2001) was an American football and...  more
  • 21

    Seasons: 1962

    Clyde Lee Edward Grosscup (born December 27, 1936) is a former American football player and...  more
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    Galen Hall

    Seasons: 1963

    Galen Samuel Hall (born August 14, 1940) is a retired American college and professional...  more
  • 23

    Seasons: 1996

    Frank Michael Reich Jr. (rye-k) (born December 4, 1961) is an American football coach and...  more
  • 24

    Seasons: 2012

    Timothy Richard Tebow (; born August 14, 1987) is an American professional baseball player,...  more

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    Neil O'Donnell

    Seasons: 1997, 1996

    Neil Kennedy O'Donnell (born July 3, 1966) is a former American football quarterback who...  more