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The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

Updated September 28, 2018 12.5k votes 1.3k voters 23.0k views45 items

List RulesVote 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 Montana1
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    Joe Montana

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, San Francisco 49ers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceNew Eagle, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age64

  • Dan Marino2
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    189

    Dan Marino

    Miami Dolphins

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age54

  • John Elway3
    418
    178

    John Elway

    Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplacePort Angeles, Washington, United States of America

    Age55

  • Dan Fouts4
    285
    200

    Dan Fouts

    Oregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    Age69

  • Warren Moon5
    296
    211

    Warren Moon

    Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Age59

  • Steve Young6
    330
    228

    Steve Young

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

    Age54

  • Jim Kelly7
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    219

    Jim Kelly

    Buffalo Bills, Miami Hurricanes football

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age60

  • Jim Plunkett8
    197
    142

    Jim Plunkett

    Stanford Cardinal football, Oakland Raiders

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    Age72

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  • Boomer Esiason9
    227
    167

    Boomer Esiason

    Maryland Terrapins football, Cincinnati Bengals

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceWest Islip, New York, USA

    Age59

  • Phil Simms10
    240
    194

    Phil Simms

    New York Giants

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Kentucky, United States of America

    Age65

  • Troy Aikman11
    261
    185

    Troy Aikman

    Dallas Cowboys

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceWest Covina, California, United States of America

    Age53

  • Bernie Kosar12
    213
    168

    Bernie Kosar

    Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceYoungstown, Ohio

    Age56

  • Randall Cunningham13
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    201

    Randall Cunningham

    UNLV Rebels football, Baltimore Ravens

    BirthplaceSanta Barbara, California, United States of America

    Age57

  • Joe Theismann14
    217
    187

    Joe Theismann

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Washington Redskins

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceNew Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

    Age71

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    #106 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#43 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time

  • Terry Bradshaw15
    220
    173

    Terry Bradshaw

    Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana, United States of America

    Age67

  • Jim McMahon16
    204
    169

    Jim McMahon

    Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceJersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

    Age56

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  • Ken Anderson17
    163
    154

    Ken Anderson

    Cincinnati Bengals

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceBatavia, Illinois

    Age71

  • Danny White18
    163
    155

    Danny White

    Arizona State Sun Devils football, Memphis Southmen

    PositionPunter, Quarterback

    BirthplaceMesa, Arizona

    Age68

  • Ron Jaworski19
    116
    117

    Ron Jaworski

    Youngstown State Penguins football, Los Angeles Rams

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceLackawanna, New York, United States of America

    Age69

  • Brian Sipe20
    115
    117

    Brian Sipe

    Jacksonville Bulls, New Jersey Generals

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California

    Age71

  • Dave Krieg21
    133
    153

    Dave Krieg

    Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Oilers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceIola, Wisconsin

    Age61

  • Steve Grogan22
  • Doug Flutie23
    126
    100

    Doug Flutie

    Buffalo Bills, Toronto Argonauts

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceManchester, Maryland, United States of America

    Age57

    Though he was small, Doug Flutie could play the game of football. Flutie was very mobile, and loved to through the deep ball.

  • Vinny Testaverde24
    118
    111

    Vinny Testaverde

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Age56

  • Jim Everett25
    121
    136

    Jim Everett

    New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceEmporia, Kansas

    Age57