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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
Quarterback from New Eagle, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Teams: Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

Age: 59

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Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Quarterback from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Teams: Miami Dolphins

Age: 54

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John Elway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Quarterback from Port Angeles, Washington, United States of America

Teams: Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

Age: 58

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Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Quarterback from California

Teams: Oregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers

Age: 64

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Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Quarterback from Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers, Washington Huskies football, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings

Age: 59

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Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Quarterback from USA, Pennsylvania, East Brady

Teams: Buffalo Bills, Miami Hurricanes football, Houston Gamblers

Age: 55

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Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Quarterback from Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, BYU Cougars football, Los Angeles Express

Age: 54

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Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

Teams: Stanford Cardinal football, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers

Age: 71

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Phil Simms is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Quarterback from Springfield, Kentucky, USA

Teams: New York Giants

Age: 61

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Boomer Esiason is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Quarterback from West Islip, New York, United States of America

Teams: Maryland Terrapins football, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets

Age: 54

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Randall Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

Teams: UNLV Rebels football, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys

Age: 55

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Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Brad Shields added Quarterback from West Covina, California, United States of America

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

Age: 49

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Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Quarterback from New Brunswick, USA, New Jersey

Teams: Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Washington Redskins, Toronto Argonauts

Age: 69

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Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Quarterback from Youngstown, Ohio

Teams: Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes football, Dallas Cowboys

Age: 55

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Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Quarterback from Shreveport, Louisiana, United States of America

Teams: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers

Age: 67

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Jim McMahon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Quarterback from Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, + more

Age: 56

17
Ken Anderson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Quarterback from Batavia, Illinois

Teams: Cincinnati Bengals

Age: 70

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Danny White is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Punter and Quarterback from Mesa, Arizona

Teams: Arizona State Sun Devils football, Memphis Southmen, Dallas Cowboys

Age: 63

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Ron Jaworski is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Quarterback from Lackawanna, New York, United States of America

Teams: Youngstown State Penguins football, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs

Age: 64

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Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Quarterback from San Diego, California

Teams: Jacksonville Bulls, New Jersey Generals, Cleveland Browns, San Diego State Aztecs football

Age: 69

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Dave Krieg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Quarterback from Iola, Wisconsin

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Oilers, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, + more

Age: 57

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Steve Grogan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
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Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
bigulcards added Quarterback from New York City, New York

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, + more

Age: 52

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Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
scaigwad82 added Quarterback from Manchester, Maryland, United States of America

Teams: Buffalo Bills, Toronto Argonauts, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, New Jersey Generals, + more

Age: 53

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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Jim Everett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Quarterback from Emporia, Kansas

Teams: New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Purdue Boilermakers football, San Diego Chargers

Age: 56

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