Top 10 Quarterbacks of All Time

The quarterback is the most exciting position in American football. But who is the best quarterback? Surely, to be ranked among the best players in NFL history, a quarterback must have many accomplishments and talent to win Super Bowls and to set season records.

Let’s take a closer look at our list of Top 10 quarterbacks of all time.

10. Brett Favre

Brett Lorenzo Favre played for 20 years in the NFL as a member of the Atlanta Falcons, the Green Bay Packers, the New York Jets, and the Minnesota Vikings. He spent the majority of his career with the Packers.

Favre was the first quarterback who passed for 500 touchdowns, completed 6 000 passes, attempted 10 000 passes, and threw for 70 000 yards.

He was the third quarterback in NFL history with eleven Pro Bowl invitations and the only one who won the NFL MVP award for three straight years. 

During his career, Favre had many records – most career pass attempts, most times sacked, most fumbles, most passing yards, passing touchdowns, and quarterback wins. After Brett's retirement, the last three records were broken by Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

9. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers started his career in the NFL in 2005, when the Green Bay Packers drafted him, and he is still an active quarterback.

The first three years of his career, Rodgers spent backing up Brett Favre. In 2008 he became the starting QB of the Packers. Two years later Rodgers won the Super Bowl MVP by leading the Green Bay Packers to a victory over the Pittsburg Steelers.

In 2011, the young quarterback star was named Associated Press Athlete of the Year, and he also won two times the NFL MVP award. Over the years Aaron Rodgers’s accuracy was exceptional. In 2017, he became the only QB in NFL history to hit 300 touchdown passes with less than 100 interceptions.

8. John Elway

John Elway played in the NFL for 16 years with the Denver Broncos. He led them to the Super Bowl Championship five times and won two of them. In 1998, Elway was named the Super Bowl MVP after defeating the Atlanta Falcons. For the Broncos that was the second straight year of winning the Super Bowl.

John Elway set a then-record with his five Super Bowl starts which was later broken by Tom Brady. In 2004, the Broncos QB was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

7. Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach, also known as “Roger the Dodger,” “Captain America,” and “Captain Comeback,” played for the NFL for 11 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

He was known to his ability for pulling out late wins. The total of 23 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter gave Stauback the “Captain Comeback” nickname. In his final regular-season game, Roger Staubach led an outstanding comeback. He threw two touchdowns in the last two minutes, and the Cowboys won over the Redskins.

“Captain Comeback” helped his team won the Super Bowl two times. In 1971, he was named Super Bowl MVP.

6. Dan Marino

Dan Marino spent his entire NFL career with the Miami Dolphins. He was their quarterback for seventeen seasons.

Although Marino never won a Super Bowl, he still was a great player. His career was a balance between outstanding stats and a unique playing style.

By the time he retired, Marino held almost every passing record. In 1984, Dan Marino was named NFL MVP because he set single-season records of  5 048 passing yards and 48 touchdown passes.

5. Otto Graham

Otto Graham played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns. During his career, he dominated the league by taking the Browns to the Super Bowl every single year between 1946 and 1955. He won seven out of ten league championships. Compared to the other players in this list, Otto Graham’s career was short but mighty.

4. Johnny Unitas

Johnny Unitas also is known as “Johnny U” and “The Golden Arm” played 18 seasons in the NFL as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Baltimore Colts, and the San Diego Chargers. 

With his manner on the field, with his sheer offensive productions, Unitas revolutionized the quarterback position.

By leading the NFL in 2 899 passing yards, 32 touchdown passes, and 193 completions, Johnny U won his first league MVP. After that, he was named NFL MVP two more time. Unitas also won the Super Bowl V with the Baltimore Colts. His record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (1956-1960) stood for 52 years until Drew Brees broke it in 2012. 

3. Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning was one of the greatest regular-season quarterbacks of all times. He played 18 seasons in the NFL as a part of the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos.

He was a five-time NFL MVP and was also named a Super Bowl MVP in 2007 when he helped the Colts win over the Chicago Bears. Manning also won the Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos. Hi had numerous career achievements, including these 5 MVP awards, that we already mentioned, 14 Pro Bowl Appearances, 539 touchdown passes, etc. Over the years, Peyton Manning accomplished plenty, and we can't say much more about him, that hasn't already been said.

2. Joe Montana

Joe Montana also knows as “Joe Cool” and “the Comeback Kid” spent 16 seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.

Joe Cool was extraordinarily accurate and mobile when passing the ball. He could operate under pressure, and even then he threw the most catchable passes. Montana led the 49ers to four Super Bowls and won all of them. He was the first player who was ever named Super Bowl MVP three times. In 2000 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

1. Tom Brady

We finally arrived at the GOAT position. The New England Patriots superstar Tom Brady is still in the game, and he is the No.1 quarterback in the NFL history. He is 42, and he will probably be the oldest quarterback of all time before he retires.

Brady played a significant part not only for his team but for the American football entirely.

He led the Patriots to nine Super Bowls and won six of them. He is the only quarterback in the NFL history with that many Lombardy Trophies. He also won four Super Bowl MVP awards and was elected three times NFL MVP.

At the age of 42, Tom Brady achieved a lot, and he will probably do his best to win another Super Bowl. But one of his most significant accomplishments was his outstanding comeback from 28-3 against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Probably every fan remembers that game when Brady and the Patriots scored 19 points in the 4th quarter and beat the Falcons in overtime 34-28.

Tom Brady is the NFL’s top quarterback of all time.