Athletes The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite quarterbacks that played in the NFL in the 1980s.

These are the best quarterbacks of the 80s. Quarterbacks are the heart of any football team. The best NFL quarterbacks are part captain, part coach and all player. So when talking about the best 80s quarterbacks, you know that these players are some of the greatest in NFL history. Take a look at this list of 80s QBs and vote up your favorites! From Joe Montana to Steve Young, these are the best QBs of the 80s! Who do you think are the best NFL quarterbacks of the 1980s?

Dan Marino is frequently mentioned as one of the greatest quarter backs of the 80s, and there's no argument here! The greatest QBs of the 1980s are all here, so take a look! Do you think Jim Kelly is one of the best? There aren't many that would argue with you. Be sure to vote up who you think are the top quarterbacks of the 80s!

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Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Joe Montana Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

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163 60
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Dan Marino Miami Dolphins

3
135 56
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
John Elway Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

4
103 58
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills, Miami Hurricanes football, Houston Gamblers

5
110 67
Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Warren Moon Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers, Washington Huskies football

6
101 62
Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Dan Fouts Oregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers

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114 80
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Steve Young Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, BYU Cougars football

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82 66
Randall Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Randall Cunningham UNLV Rebels football, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles

9
71 54
Boomer Esiason is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Boomer Esiason Maryland Terrapins football, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals

10
75 63
Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Joe Theismann Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Washington Redskins, Toronto Argonauts

11
66 54
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Bernie Kosar Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes football

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63 50
Ken Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Ken Anderson Cincinnati Bengals

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76 69
Phil Simms is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Phil Simms New York Giants

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49 32
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jim Plunkett Stanford Cardinal football, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots

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71 55
Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Brad Shields added Troy Aikman Dallas Cowboys

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48 49
Danny White is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Danny White Arizona State Sun Devils football, Memphis Southmen, Dallas Cowboys

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69 63
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Terry Bradshaw Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers

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45 47
Dave Krieg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Dave Krieg Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Oilers, Arizona Cardinals

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36 31
Doug Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Doug Williams Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Outlaws

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55 64
Jim McMahon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jim McMahon Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears

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35 44
Jim Everett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jim Everett New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Purdue Boilermakers football

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20 6
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
1525304932022 added Doug Flutie Buffalo Bills, Toronto Argonauts, New England Patriots - Though he was small, Doug Flutie could play the game of football. Flutie was very mobile, and loved to through the deep ball.

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32 36
Steve DeBerg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

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35 45
Ron Jaworski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Ron Jaworski Youngstown State Penguins football, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins

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26 31
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
bigulcards added Vinny Testaverde Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens

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21 25
Ken O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

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33 42
Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Brian Sipe Jacksonville Bulls, New Jersey Generals, Cleveland Browns

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23 28
Neil Lomax is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

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23 29
Steve Bartkowski is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

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24 30
Mark Rypien is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

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24 31
Steve Grogan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

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29 39
Lynn Dickey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

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19 28
Tommy Kramer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

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17 26
Don Majkowski is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

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13 23
Tony Eason is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

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12 21
Vince Ferragamo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Vince Ferragamo Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills, Montreal Alouettes

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13 27
Jay Schroeder is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

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15 27
Wade Wilson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

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12 26
Bill Kenney is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

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6 6
Don Strock is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
1525304932022 added Don Strock Dolphins, Colts, Browns - Don Strock is one of the best backup quaterbacks of all time, and helped Dan Marino go from good to great!

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Vince Evans is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
1525304932022 added Vince Evans Bears, Raiders

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6 26
David Woodley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

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Mark Malone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
1525304932022 added Mark Malone Steelers, Jets, Chargers - Mark Malone lead the Steelers to the 1984 AFC champinoship against the Dolphins.