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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276 74
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

2
232 85
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Miami Dolphins

3
203 83
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

4
149 89
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Buffalo Bills, Miami Hurricanes football, Houston Gamblers

5
152 95
Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers, Washington Huskies football

6
140 93
Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Oregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers

7
166 107
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, BYU Cougars football

8
104 76
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes football

9
115 90
Phil Simms is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
New York Giants

10
116 93
Randall Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
UNLV Rebels football, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles

11
103 79
Boomer Esiason is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Maryland Terrapins football, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals

12
108 76
Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Brad Shields added Dallas Cowboys

13
103 85
Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Washington Redskins, Toronto Argonauts

14
86 71
Ken Anderson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Cincinnati Bengals

15
104 82
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers

16
74 55
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Stanford Cardinal football, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots

17
81 77
Jim McMahon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears

18
70 70
Danny White is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Arizona State Sun Devils football, Memphis Southmen, Dallas Cowboys

19
62 66
Dave Krieg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Oilers, Arizona Cardinals

20
43 24
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
scaigwad82 added 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.

21
50 49
Doug Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Outlaws

22
43 44
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
bigulcards added Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens

23
51 59
Ron Jaworski is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Youngstown State Penguins football, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins

24
53 63
Jim Everett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Purdue Boilermakers football

25
45 50
Steve DeBerg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

26
47 54
Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jacksonville Bulls, New Jersey Generals, Cleveland Browns

27
37 42
Mark Rypien is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

28
35 42
Ken O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

29
36 42
Steve Grogan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

30
28 34
Don Majkowski is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

31
12 5
Len Dawson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs

32
32 42
Neil Lomax is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

33
35 50
Lynn Dickey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

34
28 40
Steve Bartkowski is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

35
14 10
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets

36
27 40
Tommy Kramer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

37
13 11
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Michigan Wolverines football, New England Patriots

38
13 11
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

39
12 12
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Green Bay Packers

40
19 33
Tony Eason is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

41
9 9
Philip Rivers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added NC State Wolfpack football, San Diego Chargers

42
8 11
Eli Manning is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added New York Giants

43
7 10
Steve Bono is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added

44
7 10
Alex Smith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Utah Utes football, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

45
16 36
Jay Schroeder is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

46
6 9
Rich Gannon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football

47
5 8
Elvis Grbac is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

48
5 8
deshone kizer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added deshone kizer

49
4 7
Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added BYU Cougars football

50
16 35
Bill Kenney is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s