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
253 71
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
215 78
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Miami Dolphins

3
187 74
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

4
141 81
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
140 90
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
132 85
Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Oregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers

7
154 99
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
108 82
Phil Simms is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
New York Giants

9
95 73
Boomer Esiason is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Maryland Terrapins football, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals

10
107 87
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
93 73
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
97 81
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
99 74
Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Brad Shields added Dallas Cowboys

14
97 79
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers

15
78 68
Ken Anderson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Cincinnati Bengals

16
67 52
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
66 63
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
74 74
Jim McMahon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears

19
48 44
Doug Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Outlaws

20
58 63
Dave Krieg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Oilers, Arizona Cardinals

21
36 20
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
1525304932022 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.

22
45 49
Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jacksonville Bulls, New Jersey Generals, Cleveland Browns

23
47 55
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
41 46
Steve DeBerg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

25
47 59
Jim Everett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Purdue Boilermakers football

26
37 42
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
bigulcards added Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens

27
33 38
Ken O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

28
33 38
Steve Grogan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

29
33 41
Mark Rypien is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

30
30 38
Neil Lomax is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

31
26 32
Don Majkowski is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

32
10 3
Len Dawson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs

33
34 46
Lynn Dickey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

34
26 37
Tommy Kramer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

35
27 39
Steve Bartkowski is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

36
19 31
Tony Eason is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

37
7 6
Philip Rivers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added NC State Wolfpack football, San Diego Chargers

38
5 5
Rich Gannon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football

39
7 8
Steve Bono is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added

40
8 10
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Green Bay Packers

41
7 9
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
16 34
Jay Schroeder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

43
5 7
Donovan McNabb is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings

44
7 10
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

45
18 35
Wade Wilson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

46
4 7
Elvis Grbac is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

47
9 14
Don Strock is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
1525304932022 added Dolphins, Colts, Browns -

Don Strock is one of the best backup quaterbacks of all time, and helped Dan Marino go from good to great!

48
6 10
Matt Ryan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Atlanta Falcons, Boston College Eagles football

49
6 10
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Jared Collins added Michigan Wolverines football, New England Patriots

50
14 31
Vince Ferragamo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s
Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills, Montreal Alouettes