In the 100 NFL seasons we have had, we have experienced many elite Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks. These quarterbacks have also done wonders for their franchises. In today’s article I get into the ten greatest QB’s of all-time in my opinion.
- Tom Brady
In my opinion, Tom Brady is the Greatest Quarterback of All-Time. In terms of accolades, nobody has achieved more than Brady. He defined all odds and went from a skinny 6th round pick to the best QB of all-time in some people’s eyes. He has a career record of 219-64, 63.8% completion percentage, and 74,571 passing yards. He is also second all-time in touchdowns with 541 and 179 interceptions. For every three touchdowns Brady throws one interception which is an amazing statistic. Brady has 3 MVP’s, 14 Pro Bowl Selections, 6 Super Bowl Rings, and 4 Super Bowl MVP’s. The Patriots have not done much historically before Brady. Now the New England Patriots are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers with most Super Bowls. The most impressive performance I saw from Brady was when he came back from a 28-3 deficit against the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl in 2017.
2. Joe Montana
At #2 I have Joe Montana. For most people, these two are interchangeable. Montana had a record of 117-47 with a 63.2% completion percentage, and 40,551 passing yards. Montana threw 273 touchdowns and 139 interceptions. Montana has won 2 MVP’s along with 8 Pro Bowl Selections. Montana has also won the Big Game 4 times with 3 of them resulting in Super Bowl MVP.
3. Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning had an amazing career. He had a career record of 186-79 with a 65.3% completion percentage, and 71,940 passing yards. Manning also threw 539 touchdowns and 251 interceptions. Manning had 5 MVP’s and 14 Pro Bowl selections. He won 2 Super Bowls, one with the Indianapolis Colts and one with the Denver Broncos. He won Super Bowl MVP once. Manning would make a better argument to be #2 if he was more successful against Brady in the playoffs and did not turnover the ball as much. However, Peyton Manning is still a top-3 QB of all-time.
4. Johnny Unitas
In my opinion, 4-10 is very difficult to decide and is a huge debate. I have Johnny Unitas but you can make a case for a few other people. Unitas had a record of 118-53-4 with a 54.6% completion percentage while adding 40,239 passing yards. He added 290 touchdowns and 253 interceptions. His touchdown to interception ratio is not the best. However, he has 3 MVP’s, and 10 Pro Bowl selections. Unitas has also won 3 NFL Championships and 1 Super Bowl.
5. Brett Favre
Sneaking in the top-5, I have Brett Favre. Favre coined the nickname the Gunslinger with his arm strength and throwing ability. Favre had a career record of 186-112, with a 62% completion percentage while adding 71,838 passing yards. He also threw for 508 touchdowns and 336 interceptions. Although his interceptions total is high, the fact he threw for over half a thousand touchdowns is quite astounding. Favre won the MVP award 3x while being selected to the Pro Bowl 11x. He led the Packers to 1 Superbowl.
6. Dan Marino
Dan Marino had one amazing career. He had a record of 147-93 with a 59.4% completion percentage and 61,361 passing yards. Marino threw 420 touchdowns and 252 interceptions. Marino has 1 MVP and 9-time Pro Bowler. Marino made it to the Super Bowl once and lost to the San Francisco 49ers. Marino retired holding many NFL records. If Marino won a Super Bowl he would easily be a top-5 QB of all-time.
7. Otto Graham
At #7, I have Otto Graham. He had a short, but still effective career. His career record was 57-13-1. He had a 55.8% completion percentage. He also threw for 23,584 yards which is pretty impressive for the amount of games he has played in. He threw for 174 touchdowns and 135 interceptions. Graham won the MVP Award 3 times and was selected to the Pro Bowl 5 times. Graham is a 3 time NFL Champion and a 4-time AAFC Champion.
8. John Elway
John Elway had a very successful career with the Denver Broncos. Elway had a record of 148-82-1 with a 56.9%. He also added 51,475 passing yards. Elway had 300 touchdowns and 226 interceptions. He won the MVP once and was a 9-time Pro Bowl selection. Elway also is a 2-time Super Bowl winner and won the Super Bowl MVP once.
9. Drew Brees
Drew Brees is a future-hall-of-famer. Brees has been overlooked his whole career due to people doubting how successful an undersized QB can be. Leaving the San Diego Chargers may have been the best thing for Brees and his career. Brees has a career record of 163-111 with an impressive 67.6% completion percentage. Brees has also thrown for 77,416 yards. Brees is also currently first in all-time touchdowns with 547. Brees also has 237 interceptions. Somehow, Brees has never won an MVP and he has finished second four times. However, he is a 13-time Pro Bowler. Brees has won one Super Bowl and was the MVP for that game.
10. Aaron Rodgers
The 10th spot on this list was the most difficult for me to give. There are so many decisions such as Steve Young, Sammy Baugh, Warren Moon and many more. Ultimately, I feel like Aaron Rodgers deserves it. Rodgers has a record of 113-60-1 with a 64.6% completion percentage. Rodgers also had 46,946 passing yards. Rodgers also has thrown 364 touchdowns and 84 interceptions. Rodgers carried the Packers even with a weak receiving core some parts of his career. Rodgers has won MVP twice and made it to the Pro Bowl 8 times. He won the Super Bowl once and won Super Bowl MVP.