10 Best Quarterbacks of All Time
G'day everyone, I hope you're all having a good New Year so far. After another week of football, it led me to the question as to who the best quarterbacks of all time are. It's a position that's the heart and soul of a team and requires a dedication for preparation, skill and smarts.
Best Quarterbacks of All Time?
The leader of the offense, a quarterback has a more direct impact on a game than any other player and is the difference between winning and losing a Super Bowl. So, who are the best quarterbacks of all time?
10. Roger Staubach
Roger Staubach was selected in the 10th round of the 1964 draft by the Dallas Cowboys out of Navy. He didn’t begin his NFL career until 1969 after completing his military service at the age of 27. He made the most of his 11 seasons in the NFL, all with Dallas.
Staubach led the Cowboys to four Super Bowl appearances, winning two of those. "Captain America" led the league in quarterback rating three times, including in his last two seasons when he also threw for over 3000 yards for the only times in his career.
The only quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP, Staubach was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
Roger Staubach gave up 4 years of his NFL prime to serve his country. He volunteered to go to Vietnam... And yeah, he's absolutely one of the 10 best QBs ever. pic.twitter.com/Yp95Oux9LR— Ian O'Connor (@Ian_OConnor) December 28, 2019
9. Otto Graham
Graham was selected fourth overall by the Detroit Lions in 1944 out of Northwestern. He won three NFL championships, three NFL MVP awards, five Pro Bowl appearances, and was named seven times to the First-Team All-Pro.
During an era when running the ball and defense dominated play, Graham became the most prolific passer of his era. He led the league in yards passing five times and three times led in touchdown passes. Graham had the highest career quarterback passer rating of 86.6 until it was broken by Joe Montana upon his retirement in 1994.
Ninth on our list of best quarterbacks of all time, Graham spent his entire career with the Browns and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965.
Otto Graham is one of 10 QBs selected to the #NFL100 All-Time Team!🏈 3x NFL Champion 🏈 7x First-Team All-Pro (T-Most by QB in NFL history) 🏈 5x Pro Bowler 🏈 9 yards/attempt (most in NFL history) pic.twitter.com/UiCGs3tGsm — NFL (@NFL) December 28, 2019
8. Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers was selected by the Packers 24th overall out of California in the 2005 draft. He became the starter in 2008 and made his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2009.
Rodgers earned his second Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro in 2010, while earning league MVP after throwing for 4,643 yards and 45 touchdowns.
He has thrown for over 4000 yards ten times, and has also earned back-to-back league MVP honors. Rodgers was MVP of Super Bowl XLV and entered the 2022 season with over 55,000 yards passing and 449 touchdowns.
Rodgers is also one of the highest paid NFL players, will be a first ballot Hall of Famer and will likely rank even higher on the list of best quarterbacks of all time upon his retirement.
Best Passer Rating in a single season2011 Aaron Rodgers 122.5 2020 Aaron Rodgers 121.5 2004 Peyton Manning 121.1 2013 Nick Foles 119.2* *people forget pic.twitter.com/WwnbVTlNGn — NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) December 3, 2022
7. John Elway
John Elway was selected first overall out of Stanford by the Denver Broncos. He struggled as a rookie, completing under 50 percent of his passes and with twice as many interceptions than touchdowns.
Blessed with a strong arm, Elway threw for over 3,000 yards in a season 11 times, and at least 20 touchdowns six times.
Elway was on nine Pro Bowl teams and won two Super Bowl titles in a career spent entirely at the Broncos. He retired with 51,475 yards passing and 300 touchdowns. Elway was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
John Elway is the only player in #NFL history to have 3,000+ pass yards and 200+ rush yards in 7 straight seasons pic.twitter.com/DcmEbhT5q2— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) June 28, 2022
6. Dan Marino
Marino was selected 27th overall out of Pittsburgh in 1983. The sixth best quarterback of all time, he was league MVP in 1984 after leading the league in passing yards (5,084), and touchdowns (48).
He led the league in passing yards in three of the next four seasons, and led the league in touchdown passes two more times - in 1985 and 1986. Marino made nine Pro Bowl teams and First-Team All-Pro three times.
Despite never winning a Super Bowl title, Marino threw for 61,361 yards and 420 touchdowns. He played his entire NFL career in Miami and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
Most Pass TD in NFL history as of 1999 (when Dan Marino retired)Dan Marino 420 Fran Tarkenton 342 John Elway 300 Marino was so ahead of his time pic.twitter.com/3kZ3amUBNI — NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) April 20, 2022
5. Johnny Unitas
Johnny Unitas was selected in the 9th round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1955 but never played for the team. He started seven games in 1956 for the Baltimore Colts before becoming full-time starter in 1957, going on to lead the league in yards passing and touchdowns.
Unitas was named to his first of 10 Pro Bowls and First-Team All-Pro in that year and led the league in touchdown passes in each of the next three seasons, and three more times led in passing yards.
He won league MVP twice and was a three-time NFL champion. Unitas was regarded as the best quarterback of all time upon his retirement, finishing with 40,239 yards passing and 253 touchdowns.
In honor of today's #INDvsBAL, enjoy some Johnny Unitas highlights. #NFLHistory pic.twitter.com/arjROxEBKR— NFL Legacy (@NFLLegacy) December 23, 2017
4. Drew Brees
One of the best quarterbacks of all time, Drew Brees was taken in the second round by the San Diego Chargers in 2001 and his fourth on our list.
In five seasons with the Chargers, he made one Pro Bowl and teamed up with one of the best running backs of all time, LaDainian Tomlinson, who ranked Brees as his second best teammate ever.
Brees' career however took off following a move to the New Orleans Saints, earning 11 Pro Bowl honors in 14 seasons. Brees led the league in passing yards seven times, including recording over 5,000 yards four times.
He was MVP of Super Bowl XLIV, his lone championship of his career and is the fastest quarterback to reach 60,000 and 70,000 yards passing. He retired with 80,358 yards passing and 571 touchdowns.
Most consecutive games with a TD pass (incl. playoffs)…Drew Brees - 60 Peyton Manning - 56 Johnny Unitas - 49 Drew Brees - 47 Brett Favre - 39 Tony Romo - 38 Tom Brady - 35 Andrew Luck - 33 Matt Ryan - 33 Dan Marino - 32 — NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) June 5, 2022
3. Peyton Manning
Manning was selected first overall in 1998 out of Tennessee. He led the league in interceptions as a rookie with 28, but still threw 25 touchdown passes. Manning made the first of 14 Pro Bowls in 1999, and led the league in passing yards.
He led the league in touchdown passes four times, including throwing for 55 in 2013 during his time with the Denver Broncos. Manning won league MVP five times, was named First-Team All-Pro seven times and won two Super Bowls.
Manning retired with 71,940 yards passing and 539 touchdowns following 14 seasons in Indianapolis and four with the Broncos. Manning was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021.
Peyton Manning is: • a Hall of Famer • a 2x Super Bowl champ • a 14x Pro BowlerBut this is still the best thing he's ever done 🤣 pic.twitter.com/xFid2qdNlo — FanDuel (@FanDuel) November 26, 2022
2. Joe Montana
Joe Montana is the second best quarterback of all time. He was selected by the 49ers in the third round out of Notre Dame in 1979. He became a full-time starter two years later where he would make his first of eight Pro Bowl appearances.
Montana led the league in completion percentage five times and in touchdowns scored, and quarterback rating twice. Before Tom Brady, he was widely regarded as the best quarterback in league history.
To his name are four Super Bowl titles and three first-team All-Pro selections. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and spent all but two of his 16 seasons in San Francisco.
It’s Joe Montana’s birthday. No better time than to relish in some highlights.Happy birthday, Joe! pic.twitter.com/B5UB3Tn4SC — Pro Football Network (@PFN365) June 11, 2021
1. Tom Brady
Tom Brady was selected in the 6th round, 199th overall, out of Michigan in 2000. He became a starter and earned his first of 15 Pro Bowl appearances the following season.
Brady led the league in touchdown passes in 2002 for the first of five times in his career. He won his first of three MVP awards in 2007 when he led the league in yards passing (4,806) and touchdowns (50).
In 2021 he threw for an astonishing 5,316 yards and 43 touchdowns at the age of 43. Brady led the Patriots to 17 division titles in 18 seasons and six Super Bowl victories.
Brady holds the league records in career passing yards and touchdowns, and he won a seventh Super Bowl with the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV to cement his position as the best quarterback of all time.
Tom Brady, 43, outplayed his much younger counterpart, Patrick Mahomes, to win the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was his seventh title.When asked if he would return for another NFL season, Brady said: “Yeah, we’re coming back.” https://t.co/66aZIoxLJH pic.twitter.com/RgYicoAoRV — The New York Times (@nytimes) February 8, 2021
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Crazy to think about all the people that passed on him isn't it?
Great post! I wonder, what do you think of the current generation of QBs? I am a big fan of Trevor Lawrence altough he is not shinning, I think he has great potential to build a legacy, what do you think?