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The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time 

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Updated December 13, 2019 8.7k votes 1.2k voters 29.9k views 46 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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Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time

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 football quarterback and actor. He played college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide under coach ...more

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Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time

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

Vincent Frank Testaverde Sr. (; born November 13, 1963) is an American former football quarterback who played for 21 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at ...more

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Chad Pennington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time
Chad Pennington

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

James Chadwick Pennington (born June 26, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played college football at ...more
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Ken O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time

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 who played in the National Football League for the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles. When he ...more

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Sam Darnold is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time
Vincent Memoli added Sam Darnold

Seasons 2018

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Mark Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

Mark Travis John Sanchez (born November 11, 1986) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at the University of Southern California (USC), and was drafted by the New ...more

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Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 2008

Brett Lorenzo Favre ( (listen); FARV; born October 10, 1969) is a former American football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football ...more

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Ryan Fitzpatrick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 2016, 2015

Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick (born November 24, 1982), nicknamed Fitzmagic, is an American football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the St. ...more

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Boomer Esiason is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 1995, 1994, 1993

Norman Julius "Boomer" Esiason (; born April 17, 1961) is an American retired football quarterback and former network color commentator. During his 14-year career in the National ...more

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Richard Todd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time

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

Richard Todd (born November 19, 1953) is a former professional American football quarterback for the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints from 1976 to 1985. Todd, like former Jets quarterback ...more
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Josh McCown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 2017

Joshua Treadwell McCown (born July 4, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) He attended Jacksonville High School in ...more

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Pat Ryan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time
Pat Ryan

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

Patrick Lee Ryan (born September 16, 1955) is a former professional American football quarterback. He played 14 seasons in the National Football League for the New York Jets and the Philadelphia ...more
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Ray Lucas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 1999

Ray Lucas (born August 6, 1972) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League. He played for three teams, the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins ...more
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Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 2014

Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980) is a former American football quarterback who played 13 seasons in the National Football League, primarily with the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia ...more

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Glenn Foley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons:1998, 1997, 1996

Glenn Foley (born October 10, 1970) is a former American football quarterback. He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the New York Jets from 1994 to 1998 and the ...more
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Matt Robinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time
Matt Robinson

Seasons: 1979, 1978, 1977

Matthew Gillette Robinson (born June 28, 1955) is a former professional American football player. He played quarterback for the University of Georgia. Robinson played in the National Football ...more

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Frank Reich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 1996

Frank Michael Reich Jr. (rye-k) (born December 4, 1961) is an American football coach and former player who is the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). ...more
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Neil O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time
Neil O'Donnell

Seasons: 1997, 1996

Neil Kennedy O'Donnell (born July 3, 1966) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for 14 seasons (1990–2003) with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York ...more
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Al Woodall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time
Al Woodall

Seasons: 1973, 1971, 1970

Frank Alley Woodall (born December 7, 1945) is a retired American football player. Woodall played college football at Duke where he was an All-American. Woodall played several seasons with the ...more
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Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time
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Seasons: 2012

Timothy Richard Tebow (; born August 14, 1987) is an American professional baseball player, former professional football quarterback, and broadcaster. He played college football for the ...more

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Al Dorow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 1961, 1960

Albert Richard Dorow (November 15, 1929 – December 7, 2009) was an American gridiron football quarterback. He played college football at Michigan State University and professionally in the ...more
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Bubby Brister is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 1995

Walter Andrew "Bubby" Brister, III (born August 15, 1962) is a former American football quarterback in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Denver ...more

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Dick Wood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 1964, 1963

Malcolm Richard Wood (February 29, 1936 – April 4, 2015) was an American football quarterback and coach who played college football at Auburn and professionally in the American Football League ...more

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Kellen Clemens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 2009, 2007

Kellen Vincent Clemens (born June 6, 1983) is a former American football quarterback who spent eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was selected by the New York Jets in the ...more
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Tony Eason is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Jets Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 1989

Charles Carroll "Tony" Eason IV (born October 8, 1959) is a former quarterback. He played college football for the University of Illinois (1980–1982) and professional football for the ...more

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