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The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

Updated September 28, 2018 12.1k votes 1.3k voters 22.5k 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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  • 1
    Joe Montana
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    148

    Joe Montana

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, San Francisco 49ers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceNew Eagle, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age64

  • 2
    John Elway
    408
    165

    John Elway

    Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplacePort Angeles, Washington, United States of America

    Age60

  • 3
    Dan Marino
    440
    185

    Dan Marino

    Miami Dolphins

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age54

  • 4
    Dan Fouts
    271
    194

    Dan Fouts

    Oregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    Age69

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    #5 of 73 The Best Quarterbacks to Never Win a Super Bowl#3 of 98 The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time

  • 5
    Warren Moon
    286
    204

    Warren Moon

    Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Age63

  • 6
    Steve Young
    317
    223

    Steve Young

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

    Age58

  • 7
    Jim Plunkett
    189
    132

    Jim Plunkett

    Stanford Cardinal football, Oakland Raiders

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    Age72

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    #1418 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#18 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • 8
    Jim Kelly
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    216

    Jim Kelly

    Buffalo Bills, Miami Hurricanes football

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age60

  • 9
    Troy Aikman
    255
    170

    Troy Aikman

    Dallas Cowboys

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceWest Covina, California, United States of America

    Age53

  • 10
    Boomer Esiason
    217
    157

    Boomer Esiason

    Maryland Terrapins football, Cincinnati Bengals

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceWest Islip, New York, USA

    Age59

  • 11
    Phil Simms
    235
    180

    Phil Simms

    New York Giants

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Kentucky, United States of America

    Age65

  • 12
    Joe Theismann
    209
    177

    Joe Theismann

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Washington Redskins

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceNew Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

    Age71

    More Joe Theismann 

    #106 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#44 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time

  • 13
    Bernie Kosar
    205
    164

    Bernie Kosar

    Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceYoungstown, Ohio

    Age56

  • 14
    Jim McMahon
    199
    161

    Jim McMahon

    Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceJersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

    Age61

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    #29 of 144 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time#2 of 66 The Best Chicago Bears Quarterbacks of All Time

  • 15
    Randall Cunningham
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    195

    Randall Cunningham

    UNLV Rebels football, Baltimore Ravens

    BirthplaceSanta Barbara, California, United States of America

    Age57

  • 16
    Terry Bradshaw
    210
    167

    Terry Bradshaw

    Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana, USA

    Age72

  • 17
    Danny White
    160
    149

    Danny White

    Arizona State Sun Devils football, Memphis Southmen

    PositionPunter, Quarterback

    BirthplaceMesa, Arizona

    Age68

  • 18
    Ken Anderson
    160
    150

    Ken Anderson

    Cincinnati Bengals

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceBatavia, Illinois

    Age71

  • 19
    Ron Jaworski
    114
    114

    Ron Jaworski

    Youngstown State Penguins football, Los Angeles Rams

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceLackawanna, New York, United States of America

    Age69

  • 20
    Brian Sipe
    111
    113

    Brian Sipe

    Jacksonville Bulls, New Jersey Generals

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California

    Age71

  • 21
    Dave Krieg
    131
    147

    Dave Krieg

    Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Oilers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceIola, Wisconsin

    Age61

  • 22
    Doug Flutie
    117
    96

    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.

  • 23
    Jim Everett
    121
    127

    Jim Everett

    New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceEmporia, Kansas

    Age57

  • 24
    Steve Grogan
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    Vinny Testaverde
    116
    103

    Vinny Testaverde

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Age56