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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1
237 68
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
202 74
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Miami Dolphins

3
173 70
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

4
130 75
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
126 75
Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Oregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers

6
132 81
Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers, Washington Huskies football

7
143 92
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
93 66
Boomer Esiason is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Maryland Terrapins football, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals

9
103 79
Randall Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
UNLV Rebels football, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles

10
102 78
Phil Simms is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
New York Giants

11
86 66
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes football

12
93 76
Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Washington Redskins, Toronto Argonauts

13
92 68
Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Brad Shields added Dallas Cowboys

14
92 73
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers

15
75 62
Ken Anderson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Cincinnati Bengals

16
62 46
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
62 58
Danny White is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Arizona State Sun Devils football, Memphis Southmen, Dallas Cowboys

18
35 14
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
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Though he was small, Doug Flutie could play the game of football. Flutie was very mobile, and loved to through the deep ball.

19
69 71
Jim McMahon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears

20
47 41
Doug Williams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Outlaws

21
55 60
Dave Krieg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Oilers, Arizona Cardinals

22
45 53
Ron Jaworski is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Youngstown State Penguins football, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins

23
39 44
Steve DeBerg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

24
34 38
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
bigulcards added Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens

25
40 46
Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jacksonville Bulls, New Jersey Generals, Cleveland Browns

26
44 55
Jim Everett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Purdue Boilermakers football

27
30 35
Ken O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

28
31 36
Steve Grogan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

29
32 38
Mark Rypien is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

30
29 36
Neil Lomax is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

31
25 30
Don Majkowski is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

32
26 36
Steve Bartkowski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

33
25 35
Tommy Kramer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

34
32 45
Lynn Dickey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

35
4 2
Len Dawson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs

36
4 2
Rich Gannon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football

37
17 28
Tony Eason is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

38
6 5
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Green Bay Packers

39
5 6
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

40
4 5
Andy Dalton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added TCU Horned Frogs football, Cincinnati Bengals

41
4 5
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets

42
4 5
Eli Manning is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added New York Giants

43
3 4
Philip Rivers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added NC State Wolfpack football, San Diego Chargers

44
4 6
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Georgia Bulldogs football team, Detroit Lions

45
4 6
Matt Ryan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Atlanta Falcons, Boston College Eagles football

46
3 5
deshone kizer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added deshone kizer

47
3 5
Donovan McNabb is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings

48
3 5
Trent Green is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Indiana Hoosiers football, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams

49
3 5
Steve Bono is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added

50
3 5
Carson Palmer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added USC Trojans football, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders