Top 30 Best NFL Quarterbacks in NFL History

Let’s Get Right To It
  1. Tom Brady:  Brady’s 21 seasons as the primary starter led to seven Super Bowl titles, the most of any player and more than any NFL franchise. Overall, he appeared in a record 10 Super Bowls; just under half of the seasons in which he was the primary starter, and more than any NFL franchise other than the Patriots.  The Greatest of all Time (GOAT) stands alone on the top of the mountain by far, so far that it’s entirely possible that 100 years from now, he will still stand alone at the top.

  2. Joe Montana:  4 Super Bowl victories in 4 appearances. 100% winning percentage.  The best QB of his era.
  3. Peyton Manning: 3 Super Bowl appearances, and 2 victories, the master technician of his time and the master of “Omaha”
  4. Otto Graham:  Graham is regarded by critics as one of the most dominant players of his era and one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, having taken the Browns to league championship games every year between 1946 and 1955, making ten championship appearances, and winning seven of them.
  5. John Elway:  2 Super Bowl Victories, Started 5 Super Bowls.  The most exciting player to watch of his era.
  6. Bart Star:   The Field general leader of the best championship team of his era.  He won 2 Super Bowls as the Green Bay Packers QB. He was the MVP of both games.  He also led his team to 5 NFL Championships (Pre-Super Bowl era).
  7. Terry Bradshaw:  Bradshaw has 4 Super Bowl victories in 4 appearances.  100% winning percentage. Gets overlooked because his defense was the greatest of its era
  8. Troy Aikman:  QB on the best team of the 90s. Aikman led the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL) to three Super Bowl victories (1993, 1994, and 1996).
  9. Kurt Warner:  Led the Greatest Show on Turf with 1 Super Bowl win.  He had 3 appearances with 2 different teams; the St. Rams and the Arizona Cardinals.  He won 2 League MVP awards.
  10. Roger Staubach: An amazing leader on America’s team; The Dallas Cowboys. Staubach played with the Cowboys during his entire career. He led the team to the Super Bowl five times, four as the starting quarterback. He led the Cowboys to victories in Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl XII.
  11. Sammy Baugh: Slinging Sammy set 13 NFL records in three player positions: quarterback, punter, and defensive back. He was the first NFL QB to use pass as an effective weapon instead of desperation.
  12. Johnny Unitas:  One of the best QBs of his era, he played in 2 Super Bowls and has 1 win. He won 4 NFL MVP awards
  13. Eli Manning:  Won 2 Super Bowls (2008 and 2012), earning the game’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award each time. He played 16 seasons with the New York Giants. A member of the Manning family, he is the youngest son of quarterback Archie Manning and the younger brother of quarterback Peyton Manning.
  14. Fran Tarkenton:  Started 4 Super Bowls with the Minnesota Vikings. He left the game as QB with the most passing yards
  15. Drew Brees: 1 Super Win, Statistical Leader of his era. Played 20 seasons. As of this post, Brees is second in career passing yards, career touchdown passes, career pass completions, and career completion percentage.
  16. Jim Kelly:  4 consecutive Super Bowl appearances with the Buffalo Bills
  17. Dan Marino: 1 Super Bowl appearance, statistical leader upon retirement
  18. Brett Favre:  20 years, 2 Super Bowl appearances with 1 Super Bowl victory. Ended career as a statistical leader in almost all categories
  19. Jim Plunkett:  2 Super Bowl victories, and Super Bowl MVP
  20. Steve Young: Super Bowl Victory with the 49ers.
  21. Joe Namath: Super Bowl 3 champion. Changed the game with his guarantee to beat the Colts in Super Bowl 3
  22. Sid Luckman
  23. Norm Van Brocklin
  24. Bob Waterfield
  25. Phil Simms
  26. Mike Vick
  27. Ken Stabler
  28. Boomer Esiason
  29. Warren Moon
  30. Randall Cunningham
On their way:  Aaron Rodgers?  Patrick Mahomes?
Honorable Mentions:  Dan Fouts, Phillip Rivers and Ken Anderson