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The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

Updated September 28, 2018 12.0k votes 1.3k voters 23.3k 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 Montana

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, San Francisco 49ers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceNew Eagle, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age59

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  • John Elway2
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    John Elway

    Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplacePort Angeles, Washington, United States of America

    Age55

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    #392 of 403 Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person#98 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

  • Dan Marino3
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    Dan Marino

    Miami Dolphins

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age59

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    #36 of 60 Famous Athletes Who Could Have Dominated a Second Sport#60 of 71 Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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    Dan Fouts

    Oregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    Age64

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    #5 of 98 The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time#2 of 39 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the 1970s

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    Warren Moon

    Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Age59

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    Steve Young

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

    Age54

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    #2 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#18 of 26 NFL Players Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

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    Jim Kelly

    Buffalo Bills, Miami Hurricanes football

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age60

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  • Jim Plunkett8
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    Jim Plunkett

    Stanford Cardinal football, Oakland Raiders

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    Age68

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    #182 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#24 of 83 The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

  • Boomer Esiason9
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    Boomer Esiason

    Maryland Terrapins football, Cincinnati Bengals

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceWest Islip, New York, USA

    Age59

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  • Bernie Kosar10
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    Bernie Kosar

    Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceYoungstown, Ohio

    Age56

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    #22 of 64 The Best Miami Football Players of All Time#6 of 30 The Best College Football Quarterbacks of the 1980s

  • Phil Simms11
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    Phil Simms

    New York Giants

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Kentucky, United States of America

    Age65

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  • Randall Cunningham12
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    Randall Cunningham

    UNLV Rebels football, Baltimore Ravens

    BirthplaceSanta Barbara, California, United States of America

    Age52

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    #3 of 30 The Best Black Quarterbacks Of All Time#46 of 54 The Greatest NFL Punters of All Time

  • Joe Theismann13
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    Joe Theismann

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Washington Redskins

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceNew Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

    Age71

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  • Troy Aikman14
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    Troy Aikman

    Dallas Cowboys

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceWest Covina, California, United States of America

    Age53

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    Terry Bradshaw

    Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana, United States of America

    Age67

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  • Jim McMahon16
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    Jim McMahon

    Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceJersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

    Age56

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  • Danny White17
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    Danny White

    Arizona State Sun Devils football, Memphis Southmen

    PositionPunter, Quarterback

    BirthplaceMesa, Arizona

    Age68

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    #8 of 24 The Best College Football Quarterbacks of the 1970s#43 of 139 The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time

  • Ken Anderson18
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    Ken Anderson

    Cincinnati Bengals

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceBatavia, Illinois

    Age71

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    #3 of 104 The Best Cincinnati Bengals of All Time#15 of 42 The Best NFL Players From Illinois

  • Ron Jaworski19
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    Ron Jaworski

    Youngstown State Penguins football, Los Angeles Rams

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceLackawanna, New York, United States of America

    Age69

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  • Brian Sipe20
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    Brian Sipe

    Jacksonville Bulls, New Jersey Generals

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California

    Age66

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    #10 of 150 The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time#3 of 56 The Best Cleveland Browns Quarterbacks of All Time

  • Dave Krieg21
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    Dave Krieg

    Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Oilers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceIola, Wisconsin

    Age61

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    #29 of 213 The Best Seattle Seahawks of All Time#17 of 52 The Best NFL Players From Wisconsin

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    Doug Flutie

    Buffalo Bills, Toronto Argonauts

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceManchester, Maryland, United States of America

    Age53

    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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    #12 of 119 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time#23 of 73 The Best Quarterbacks to Never Win a Super Bowl

  • Vinny Testaverde24
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    Vinny Testaverde

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Age52

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    Jim Everett

    New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceEmporia, Kansas

    Age57

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    #51 of 110 The Best Los Angeles Rams of All Time#81 of 135 The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time