aNewDomain — Every football fan knows it is impossible to win without a great quarterback. They can control the entire offense and turn average players into superstars. These are the 10 greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.
1. Tom Brady
Tom Brady became the first player to win five Super Bowls with his recent comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Brady is already the best quarterback in the history of the sport, and he has a few more years to still climb up the leader board.
2. Joe Montana
Joe Montana put up historic numbers in an era that was not known for offensive creativity. His four Super Bowl wins can only be topped by one man, you know. Quarterbacks are supposed to lead their team to victory, so Montana’s .713 win percentage speaks for himself.
3. Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning’s 539 touchdown passes are the most all-time. He also holds the record with 71,940 career passing yards. The only thing keeping Manning from the top spot is his lack of success in the Super Bowl.
4. Brett Favre
Brett Favre was the most prolific passer in the sport before Peyton Manning broke his records. Favre regularly took his teams to the playoffs throughout his career, but he was only able to win the big game one time.
5. Johnny Unitas
Johnny Unitas is often forgotten because he only got to play in one Super Bowl. Unitas revolutionized the quarterback position in an era that rarely relied on passing. Anyone who can start their career in 1956 and still pass for over 40,000 yards has to recognized for their greatness.
6. John Elway
A lot of people knock John Elway for not playing well in the regular season, but he is still the fifth leading passer in NFL history. He was also able to take the Broncos to five Super Bowls, which is only topped by Tom Brady.
7. Roger Staubach
Roger Staubach had the talent to be the best quarterback of all-time, but his patriotism hurt his career stats. Staubach did not start his NFL career until he was 27 because of his commitment to the US Navy, but that did not stop him from winning two titles with the Dallas Cowboys.
8. Dan Marino
Dan Marino might be the most gifted quarterback in NFL history, but he was never able to reach championship expectations with the Miami Dolphins. Marino turned average teams into contenders nearly every season. He is known now as the first truly mobile quarterback. Unfortunately, he never won the Super Bowl with his Dolphins.
9. Terry Bradshaw
Terry Bradshaw may not have the most impressive career stats, but it is hard to ignore his performance in the playoffs. Bradshaw was not asked to do a lot by the Steelers in the regular season, but his great performance in the playoffs led his team to four Super Bowl victories.
10. Steve Young
Steve Young’s high expectations coming out of BYU ultimately hurt his career. He was forced to backup Joe Montana for four years after struggling in Tampa Bay. Steve Young may not have the longevity of everyone else on this list, but his ability to pass and run is unmatched by anyone in NFL history.
For aNewDomain, I’m Brian Matthew.