The Top 5 Greatest Quarterbacks Of All Time

Let the flame wars begin!

Any discussion of the top NFL quarterbacks of all time is going to disappoint way more people than it satisfies. There are going to be some of your personal favorites that have been left out in favour of QBs that according to you had limp spaghetti arms tossing wounded ducks and won SuperBowls on the backs of their running game. That's fair enough. That's the way things should be in sports. You have to be enthusiastic, and even rabid, in the support of your personal favourites. Otherwise, where's the fun?

So here we go!

#5 Johnny Unitas of the Baltimore Colts and San Diego Chargers (1956-1973)

Johnny would have been likely sparring for the top one or two spot were it not for the missteps in his later career, where he carried on with the Chargers a bit longer than his body allowed him to do. Regardless, you have to look at any 17 year span of taking sacks from 300 lb. meanies as an astonishing feat, and when Johnny was in his prime, he was thoroughly awe inspiring. And when you consider that his 47-game streak of at least one touchdown pass per game was done in an era where the aerial attack was still in its infancy, it's even more astounding. For all the young whippersnappers who were too busy being spermatozoa when Johnny was winning NFL championships (that's what they were before the Super Bowl) and want to place their current flashes in the pans ahead of this vintage signal caller, all I can say is you'd better be able to back it up with real and weighted stats.

Will There Ever Be A More Worthy Group?

#4 Terry Bradshaw of the Pittsburgh Steelers (1970-83)

Again, Terry would have placed a scosh higher were it not for his later career and the extremely unfortunate fact that he was truly only an instinct QB. That's a really PC way of saying that Terry was, in the immortal lyrics of Jim Croce "as big and dumb as a man can come, but he was stronger than a country hoss." Some people may argue that when you have The Steel Curtain Defense to rely on, you could get your grandmother to toss the pigskin and still win championships, but that would be ignoring the stats that definitively prove that anyone who can rack up 212 TD passes and tack on 32 on the ground has to be considered in the absolute highest echelon of all time stars. We love you Terry. We just could have done without the horrific sight of your old bare butt in that stupid movie...

#3 Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts (1998-Forever)

I'm not just a blind Colts fan (I'm actually a Bucs/Raiders hybrid... what can I say, I like Pirates...) but you simply have to list Peyton in this group, and yes, ahead of Bradshaw. Manning has Terry's great physical skills, but trumps him in height and most importantly cranial capacity. Peyton is a thinking man's QB. He can tell by the twitch of a linebacker's arm how the play is going to unfold. His sheer wisdom is not borne of extensive experience like some of the other great all timers, but from study, research and application. If I had a penny for every frame of game film Peyton has reviewed while his peers were out betting on dog fights, I'd have Bill Gates outside right now waxing my car. The pressure is on Dungy who has to really step up and continue to give him a supporting cast worthy of his brain and arm. Even if the inconceivable were to happen and Manning were not to take another snap, he would still deserve to be on this list.

#2 Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins (1983-1999)

Watching Dan hobble around the field on leg braces designed by the Borg Queen was a hard way to see him end a 17 year career, like Unitas before him. Never the most mobile QB of all time, Dan had the benefit of a couple of guys named Duper and Clayton, but no one can ever take away the glory years when he was simply infallible. He succeeded the (in my humble opinion) vastly overrated Bob Griese and not only shattered his records, but dynamited the entire book. The only rookie QB to start the ProBowl, Dan exploded onto the league with his sizzling clotheslines and impeccable reads that set a level of excellence that not only has yet to be surpassed, but perhaps never will be. If he could have gotten even one ring, he might have dethroned the ultimate champion who is next...

... and, drum roll please, the Number One NFL Quarterback of All Time is... (no surprise here):

Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs (1979-1994)

The scouts and managers who let Notre Dame Joe sit on the sidelines through the first two rounds of the draft should be paraded around town in dunce caps. If you have any questions as to who should be the Number One Greatest, just repeat this as your new mantra "11 playoff appearances, 9 divisional championships and victories in Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII, and XXIV." The proof of the pudding is always in the eating, and all the ringless QBs sitting at home can just keep stoking their fan club's fires on their blogs, because nothing is ever going to take away from Joe Montana his rightful place at the head of the class of All Time Great Quarterbacks. There may never be another record quite like that, and thus his place in history is guaranteed in perpetuity. God bless you, Joe, and thanks for showing us what perfection really is!

So, where's Bart Starr, Fran Tarkenton, Roger Staubach, Joe Namath, Troy Aikman, John Elway, Brett Favre, Tom Brady, blah blah blah? Sorry, folks. They just didn't make the cut. They are all greats but they just can't stack up to these five. Considering that there have been hundreds of QBs filling the spot, to make it to the top five is an incredible achievement, and the guys I've listed above would all comfortably fit into the top 20, perhaps alongside Dan Fouts, Phil Simms, Jim Kelly, Warren Moon, Otto Graham, Y.A. Tittle, Len Dawson and a few others. In case you haven't noticed, football is a team sport, so no matter how phenomenal the QB, he has to be backed up by fleet footed Mercury WRs, and stand behind a line that gives him more than six nanoseconds to dump the ball. All of those factors have to be taken into consideration, otherwise, the top QB of all time might end up being Peyton's dad Archie!!!

Post-Script:

My brother-in-law at the time, a young computer programmer and avid Toronto Blue Jays fan took some time out from trudging through slush and adding snow rings to the bottom of his trousers to visit his sister and me at our home in Central Florida. It was clear that the visit had three specific purposes. In order from least important to most important: To get out of the cold; to visit with us; and to get to nearby Dunedin. Ah yes, Dunedin, Florida, that shining nirvana to every shivering toque-clad Torontonian desperately cranking his dying Motomaster battery to get his rusty '89 Cavalier restarted in the left lane of the Don Valley Parking Lot in an early March white-out.

Dunedin is the balmy Florida location where the Toronto Blue Jays come to run their spring training schedule. While most of their fans are taking headers on the icy sidewalks of Bay Street, the team is enjoying the sun and the fun, in-between innings at least.

No sooner did my brother-in-law unpack his bags that he asked me to go with him to Dunedin. We'll have a great time, he insisted.

I had never been to a baseball game. I've been a dyed in the wool football fan ever since I could spell NFL, but baseball to me was somewhat like cricket but with better hot dogs. Eternal, stultifying, incomprehensible and essentially pointless.

What followed were clearly the longest four hours of my life. We sat in the searing Florida sun waiting for someone to hit a ball with a stick, which they managed to do at least a couple of times every hour.

When a Hub writer I respect greatly, Mr. Paul Edmondson, used Hub Pages' new Request feature to ask me to write a piece on "Who are the top five home run hitters of all-time?" the blood chilled in my veins. I certainly didn't want to turn Paul down, but he might as well asked me who the top five quilters of all time are. Writing a Hub about baseball in my playbook would be somewhat equivalent to Ralph Nader writing an article on restoring Corvairs while wearing Armani suits.

Therefore, Paul's request was transmorgified into this Hub. Please forgive me, Paul. But I just didn't have it in me.

By the way:

Hank Aaron

Barry Bonds

Babe Ruth

Willie Mays

Sammy Sosa

And I hadn't even ever heard of one of them! BTW, Harmon Killebrew, Jimmie Foxx, Willie McCovey... are those real or made-up names?

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sd1 9 years ago

I agree with this top 5 list Joe Montana is my favorite quarterback.


Do you know who Elway is? 9 years ago

You almost know what you’re talking about.


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Hal Licino 9 years ago from Toronto Author

Yeah, I know who Elway is. He's this really swiftly-aging, craggy, and surprisingly overweight sidekick to Coach Ditka in that electronics store tv ad. :)


shannon 8 years ago

this list is bullshit. Marino is top dog, second to none. Montana blows, and rice swallows. Anyone not of the opinion that marino is the greatest should die. GO DOLPHINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


popa 8 years ago

Montana ok... Terry ok...jhonny U well ok,,,Marino welllll mmm ok he didn't win rings but ok he was very good,,, Manning nooooooo way.

You want a complet QB, one that is cool like montana, accurate as young, record breaker as marino, durable as favre well the name is Brady and a team player like no other,,, Tom brady,,, 3 Super Bowl rings without Randy Moss,,,records??? well he is only 30 years old,,, the records will come any moment in future unless something happened to him,,, 2007 the year when a QB pass for 50 td,,, more that payton more than marino,,, one more ring and he is with bradshaw and joe cool montana. No QB has ever one 19 games in a season including the Super Bowl without a loss. Bardy can do it and if he does he will become the best of all time. Numbres don't lie. By the way, where is mister durability, the man of steel, the record man,,,, the grate Brett Favre????


Jack 8 years ago

Sorry, but Joe is not the greatest. He won four Superbowls, but so did Bradshaw, and Brady is on his way. Elway was in five, but had to face much more dominating teams in his three losses than Montana did in his four wins.

Elway had comparable leadership skills and smarts to Montana, but had a stronger arm, was more athletic, had more yards passing, rushing, and more TD passes. Plus, he played his whole career for one team, ala Favre and Marino. Montana was shipped to K.C., because the Niners had a better QB at the time in Steve Young.

Montana was great, no doubt, but he seemingly always had a top notch defense, RB, and the greatest WR ever to play. Before Terrell Davis, Elway had.....hmmm...Vance Johnson....Sammy Winder...please!

I rank Elway the greatest. Favre will be right up there when he retires, and Brady will likely pass them both. Montana is in the top 10, but I don't see that he is better than Bradshaw, Namath, Marino, and even Young.


Derek 8 years ago

This is the dumbest list I've ever seen. Manning #3. Bradshaw #4. No Elway. No Favre. Get real.


Denny 8 years ago

You say that Marino could have been No.1 if he just could have won 1 S.B., but you don't tell us why he didn't. Let me help you out: Dan had 3 great chances at 3 Rings---the '84 S.B., and the Conf. Champ. games in '85 and '92, and how did he play? Mediocre to bad. He had a Comp.% UNDER 50%, he had 4 TD's, BUT 6 INT's, a Passer Rating of around 60, and he led his "O" to an avg. of only 13 p.p.g. And he did that with a TEAM that was good enough to beat anybody IN THE REG. SEASON---REF: the '85 Bears for starters. Dan did not come through for his TEAM when they needed him the most, and that should disqualify him from your list, I.M.O.


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zach808 8 years ago from Southern California

I'd have to say that Brett Favre is high up on my list. Man that guy needs a super bowl ring! They got close this season, maybe he'll go another season and make another run at it.


Kenneth Holland 8 years ago

I can see why someone would rate Joe #1.

Here's mine:

5. Tom Brady

4. Johnny Unitas

3. Brett Favre

2. Joe Montana

1. Dan Marino

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dalemiller11 8 years ago

1.Brady

2.Montana

3.Marino

4.Bradshaw

5 Favre

The bottom line is in a 2min drill Brady is the best ever. He will end with the most passing yards per game, Super Bowl rings, and all time wins. He was the greatest draft pick in the history of the game. I have never seen a player make a drive look more like simulated march down a field. His accuracy is second to none. Plus his no remorse, no pressure, no panic, phone booth awareness is God sent. He is a W producing machine. The definition of a winner in the NFL is TOM BRADY..... I'd imagine another 4 to 5000 yard season. He throughs lazers. I cant imagine what his stats would look like if Moss had been in New England for the last 8 years...UNimaginable...


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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Sorry. Disagree on Brady. When historians look back, they will see that the torn ACL will effectively end his career of greatness. He will play again, likely next year, but he will never be the Brady of old, and what he's accomplished to date IMHO does NOT make him #1 all time! However, Peyton is going down fast too, so I might have to revise this list at some point in the future.


nick 7 years ago

oh my, almost identicfal to my list

5. Johnny unitas

4. Terry bradshaw

3. Dan Marino

2. John elway

1. Joe montana


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Good list! Especially if we consider this year's Peyton... :(


Erick Smart 7 years ago

I do not see how you can have Peyton in there. He needs to get a ring or two more before he can compare to some other QBs out there.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Strictly on skill. When Payton has the weapons, he is right at the top of the all time standards. Unfortunately, Dungy had been letting him down lately.


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frankiectlus 7 years ago from Chandler, AZ

There are definitely some ommisions on this list. Dan Fouts, Elway, Bart Starr, and Roger Staubach are a few that come to mind that could make some strong cases. Bradshaw definitely falls after all of these. The defense won the Steelers rings in those days.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Can't see putting Fouts, Starr or Staubach ahead of Bradshaw, regardless of D. Elway could be #6, but this is the top 5. :)


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

Where's Otto Graham on your list..? ...And the Snake, Kenny Stabler....


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

You're right that they do belong on the list but I had to restrict it to the top 5. Maybe I should do a top 20 list! :)


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frankiectlus 7 years ago from Chandler, AZ

My problem with Montana is that he was a pure product of the West Coast offense. He was great at the short yardage passes, but without Rice and Taylor he might not have been as good. Rice and Taylor were a deadly combination and could not be stopped no matter how many DB's were covering them.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

I agree fully that if I had Rice, I'd have some Super Bowl rings as well. However, he was not a pushover when he went to the Chiefs (although he had aged considerably) and he didn't have those weapons then.


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Mimi Power 7 years ago from Dallas, TX

Here's my list.

5. Dan Marino

4. Jim Kelly

3. Terry Bradshaw

2. Joe Montana

1. John Elway


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Elway at the top? Do you bleed Orange? :)


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1kmjs 7 years ago from Iowa

Good banter on your QB's. Gotta remember the time though. Johnny U couldn't last a season against today's game. In his day he was the best but nowadays he's a Jon Kitna. Im 33 and a lifeer in the NFL..its raised me, so my heart and nods to our legends of old will never cease. I respect our forefathers who stabilized this sport but have to come to a screeching hault when a Johnny U is put abouve a Favre or Elway as best pure QB in the game. the 60's game doesn't even come close to today's game. Johnny never had to deal with the athletes or aggressive defensive assaults of 2009. The NFL Qb's of today really have to be 3 times the QB's of the 60's just to stay alive. Your comment alone about unitas bringing a passing game to the NFL staples my cretique. Favre is hands down the best QB Ive ever watched, he's a student of the game and a true leader. He can deal with today's athlete and defensive schemes at the age of 38. And he got himself a ring to boot. Brady is the only one who may out stat him but I feel that noone will ever replace him as the NFL's true #1 QB of all time. Dude and Im a die hard Bears fan too, I just have to be honest.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Since I was rabidly following the NFL well before you were conceived let me inform you on a few facts. Favre is way overrated by John Madden all the way down to you. Not only is he a vindictive, ignorant, stubborn nutbar, but even in pure performance he had, at best, three or four good seasons. The latter half of his career sucked, and his famous last minute bravado in some games is more indicative of the personnel around him than his "greatness." A truly great QB doesn't let himself GET into a position where he needs two hail marys at the end of a game to win! As for Johnny, I don't subscribe to the ROBO-QB theory as you don't have to be 6'9 and 330 lbs to play QB now or then. All you need is a brain and an arm and a good offensive line! :)


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ChrisMoyers 7 years ago

I believe that this list is ok. The comment from Papa is ridiculous. Peyton Manning is the best QB in the league right now and as for not breaking records like Marino, he has broke all of Marino's records except for one which is held by favre now, and as for being accurate he had the highest completion % in 2007 and as for Tom Brady winning 3 super bowls, what would he have done without Vinateri...lost...thats what!!


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks Chris! Glad to see that there are some level heads out there when it comes to Manning and Brady! :)


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VShanker 7 years ago from Naperville, IL

I'm sorry but anyone who puts Manning and/or Brady on this list does not know the implications. First of all, THEY HAVEN'T EVEN FINISHED THEIR CAREERS. This list is "5 Greatest quarterbacks" not including quarterbacks who are still "great". Who knows what they can accomplish, but who knows Manning will ever be as good as his record-setting year, or if Brady can completely come to form after surgery. As they stand right now, Brady and Manning don't come close to touching the greats. They may in the future, but not right now. So you can't put them on this list.

5. Terry Bradshaw - He was one of the best quarterbacks of his time, and probably the most clutch ever. He also won some Superbowls along the way.

4. Joe Montana - Super Bowl machine. You don't get that many rings in an 8-year span by not being one of the greatest quarterbacks.

3. Brett Favre - Although he might not be the most talented quarterback in this discussion, his longevity and consistent level of play across 17 years defies logic and physics. He has broken records not only by his talent, but by his consistency. This coming from a Bears fan.

2. Dan Marino - If he had won a single Super Bowl, he'd be number 1. He is clearly the best quarterback in terms of stats, talent, poise, and leadership.

1. John Elway - The two Superbowls barely gives Elway the upper-hand against Marino. Despite Marino not winning a Super Bowl and the numerous excuses as to why the Dolphins never gave him the talent Denver gave Elway, the fact remains.

Clearly I don't care if people switch 1 and 2, just my thinking here.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

You're certainly entitled to your opinion, but I stand my ground. Elway and Favre are not Top 5 material.


A Texan 7 years ago

where is Stabauch? Or me? Oh I guess you weren't including Pop Warner....But I was pretty good!


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

How do I know you were good if you don't tell me who you are? :)


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nesossin 7 years ago

Elway and Favre not top 5 material... have you lost your mind? Elway went to 3 superbowls without any weapons anyone but die hard Bronco's fans can remember, then when he finally had a running game behind him he won 2 in a row - and they could have won 3... And Brett Favre - if you look in the dictionary under quarterback it says : see Brett Favre... come on...

Terry Bradshaw? Are you kidding me, when you have players like Swann, Stallworth, Harris on offense and a defense that may have been the greatest of all time you better win some SB's... and come on the guy was an idiot - you realize they only had 4 plays in their playbook cause he couldn't remember anymore than that.

Then Peyton Manning? Manning is the worst QB I have ever seen when it comes to pressure, he may be the smartest QB ever to walk onto a football-field...definitely in my top 10 but he doesn't belong on a list above Elway or Favre.

The real list

5. Tom Brady (I can't put him ahead of Montana, Brady lost a Super Bowl with maybe the most talented wide reciever to grace a football field besides maybe Jerry Rice)

4. Joe Montana

3. Marino (it's hard to put him here since he never showed up outside of the regular season but his stats are hard to overlook)

2. Brett Favre

1. John Elway - Over his professional career, Elway led his teams to a record 47 fourth quarter comebacks. Elway's 148 wins place him second (to Brett Favre) for career wins among quarterbacks. Elway is one of only three quarterbacks to pass for at least 3,000 yards in 12 seasons; Favre and Marino are the others.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Elway and Favre are not top 5 material. Do you want me to repeat it? Elway and Favre are not top 5 material. And you can erase Brady too. You will see that the football historians will not be at all kind to him and may not even place him in the top 10. I also believe that Favre will drop out of top 10 as his shenanigans the past couple of years have disgusted even the most dyed in the wool Favre supporters. Although you do have to be intelligent to be a great QB in the NFL as Vince Young has proven, Bradshaw overcame his lack of mental acuity with gutsy performances that set the stage for all time. You don't have to throw stats at me, as I know them as well as you. We're talking about taking each QB in his prime and putting him up against the others in their prime. My top 5 stands and that's all there is to that! :)


sneakorocksolid 7 years ago

Dearest clueless Hal, John Elway carried the Broncos and excelled when they had no line and undersized receivers. There wasn't a game where he played that he wasn't the center of attention. He took clean and dirty hits and never quit. His arm was a cannon! When he threw an interception he went after them often made the tackle. How do we spell football'Stud', Elway! Peace.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

ELWAY:

NOT

TOP

FIVE.

Thank you, the management.

:)


sneakorocksolid 7 years ago

Dear Hal, Bite me! Thank you! Peace.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Not with your dentures, dude! :)


sneakorocksolid 7 years ago

Hal, you're scaring me! Its a good Hub and we can still be friends even when you're wrong. Peace.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

When I'm wrong I admit it. I did admit that I stole that baby's candy, but I was four years old. That was the last time I was wrong!

BOO!

:)


sneakorocksolid 7 years ago

Too Bad you broke your streak. But lets face it if Elway ain't your Daddy who could it be? Ya hoser!


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

My daddy is the one and only Joe Montana, the single greatest DEITY who ever set foot on turf. :)

(P.S. Thanks for joining my fan club!) :)


sneakorocksolid 7 years ago

Hey Hal! Thanks for a good battle I'll see you around. Peace.


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jay_dee_007 7 years ago from Fulton, Missouri

I agree with this Top 5 for the most part. Those that say that Belicheat's puppet deserves to be on this list and Montana doesn't, should be shot. Montana went from a great team like San Fran to Kansas City and still made them a playoff contender, and this is coming from a Chiefs fan.

With that said, no Len Dawson? Went to SUperbowls 1 and 3?


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BrenLorenz 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

John Elway baby, John Elway!


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

sneakorocksolid: Thanks!

jay_dee_007, I'm completely with you on the best host of any HBO NFL show in history, but we are talking top five here and there are a lot of great QBs who belong in the top (including Len) but not necessarily in the top five.

BrenLorenz: So you're John Elway's baby? Wow. You do look like him a bit. :)


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BrenLorenz 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Hal, well.. not exactly.. he's just my all time fav qb.. :)


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jay_dee_007 7 years ago from Fulton, Missouri

Understandable. What can I say though, I love my Chiefs!


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

BrenLorenz: I'm sure you could if you put on an orange crush jersey and cut your hair! :)

jay_dee_007: Hey, I was a Bucs fan and I was sitting just behind the visitor's bench when the Chiefs came to town at the old Big Sombrero and I LOVED YOUR CHIEFS... however, you guys did have a QB you might remember... JOE MONTANA! :)


let the truth be told even if some cant handle it 7 years ago

montana is the best even if some idiots out there are too stupid to see it. he would have won five super bowls had he not gotten hurt and then traded.82 84 88 89 94 (94 is the year young won) possibly one in between 89 94 if without injury he also won two super bowls before rice was in the league in 82 and 84. rice was drafted 16th (i believe) overall in the 85 draft. montana also has three super bowl mvp awards(rice won the 88 sb mvp but then again he couldn't have won that with out a little help from montana) dan cant be the best he is a loser look i love dan but he never won a super bowl he only lost one. montana went to four sb and won all four. brady is the only qb to go into the super bowl with having the greatest season ever as a qb and the perfect record 18-0 and come out a loser, if he won that game then you would have a strong argument. elway only won two next. bradshaw two words steel curtain and is it just me or is he constantly drunk on tv? peyton you need to win three more. farve you need about 150 less interceptions and three more Super Bowl rings. troy aikman too many concusions and one sb ring short unitus sorry thats the nfl in its early stages not as competetive (quality of players not as good or as many to choose from)

but your still one of the greats as is all the quaterbacks mentioned and many that were not.

The true top 5 is

#1 joe montana

everybody else is just second best so fight over it

brady can never be # 1 because he lost a Super Bowl the only current player who has a shot and it is slim is peyton but he has to win three more to be considered oh and one more thing roethlesbuger can win 5 super bowls and he still shouldn't even make the top ten he is good really good but not very good and not great and definitly not legendary.

Rice is the greatest wide reciever ever and quite possibly the greatest football player ever his work ethic was second to none Moss you stole rices td record of 22 when you got 23 it took you 16 games rice did it in 12 because the players went on strike at that pace rice would have had inbetween 29 and 30 td catches. suck on that moss you sucked in oak rice has over 20 nfl records and one should be not being a show off T.O. Randy, chad Johnson(i refused to call you ocho cinco) you are a moron.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Dude, when you say Joe is #1 and everyone else is vying for the best among the also-rans, I have to agree with you. Joe was a deity, not a QB.


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drcrischasse 7 years ago from NH/Foxboro

TOM BRADY. Ever see him play? How many games did you watch Unitas play?


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Do you have ANY idea how old I am? Yes, I watched Unitas play and Brady is a great QB but not in his league. Unitas makes Brady look like Ryan Leaf! :)


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ericfeld 7 years ago

I do not know if bradshaw belongs, he had as much TDs as Ints, he was blessed with an amazing team, the steelers we given an avg QB who got the job done.

Great post


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks! But Terry still rules, supporting cast or not. :)


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Drew Breezzy 7 years ago from somewhere in my mind

Very good list! Not sure about Bradshaw though.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Terry was the single smartest QB in history... oh ok... I'm joking... :)


J C Wilks 7 years ago

I sat here an read this all. I do agree with most of the actual hub however in choosing the greatest I would have leaned toward those who are retired with the exception of favre. I am an avid colts fan. I beleive manning will be up there. DO NOT agree with Brady as spoken in the comments. My question is...why is there no mention of Troy Aikman? Joe should be number one...but Troy Aikman should fit in there somewhere.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Troy in the top five? Nope. Top 20 maybe! :)


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undagroundjoe 7 years ago from Southern California,USA

You got Montana on Top. Your all right with me.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Joe Montana belongs on Mount Olympus! :)


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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

You didn't put a #1 next to Joe Montans's name. All the other guys got numbers next to their names.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Yes, but that was because he was introduced by the previous paragraph. I've bolded it now to make it more clear. Thanks!

P.S. Joe Montana is not just #1. He is entire orders of magnitude over and above all other human football players in history! Anyone that great can't possibly be a homo sapiens! :)


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drej2522 7 years ago from Augusta, GA

I think Montana was the best clutch QB of all time...but if one is looking at purely stats, you gotta look at Favre or Marino...so, I guess its a matter of...what determines the "greatest"?? Personally, I don't think Terry Bradshaw deserves to be on the list...he must be a personal favorite because I believe I would choose 5 others to take his spot...easily. There's a lot of people that play with guts, but they are not top 5 material. Look at McNair who was basically hurt every game of his life...or even Favre for that matter, that guy bleeds guts. And if you're going to throw the 4 rings in our faces, you might as well throw in Aikman (and to hell with that!) Honestly, I would gladly take someone like a Warren Moon over Bradshaw or even a Fran Tarkenton. Otherwise, I agree with the list. Elway is not a top five candidate...I'll give him top 10, but not 5!

Good Post, good hub!


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Yup, Terry is a personal favorite as he is a Mensan and a Nobel Prize winner. :)


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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

Sure, Terry only won ... ummm ... FOUR Super Bowls?


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Yeah, but to hear his detractors you'd figure that it was all supporting cast and they got 100% of their yards on the ground! :)


dwight2685 7 years ago

Where is Tom Brady, I think he has a few super bowl rings


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Needs some more to get into the top 5! There's only 5 spots and a heck of a lot more QBs with rings! :)


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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

"Yeah, but to hear his detractors you'd figure that it was all supporting cast and they got 100% of their yards on the ground! :)"

Franco's immaculate reception was on a running play?


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Yes, if you watch the tape carefully you'll notice that Franco got a handoff then fumbled it way into the air as he blasted his way through the safety and caught it again as he was crossing the goal line! He caught his own ball and Bradshaw had nothing to do with it as he was sitting on the bench at the time trying to make sense of The Cat In The Hat. :)


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Matthew Nutter 6 years ago from Dracut, MA

If you read any of my hubs you will know im a Patriots fan. That being said, your list isn't bad, but has to include Tom Brady. 3 Superbowls in 4 years, lost in another Super Bowl, holds the record for most TDs in a season, and was Quarterback during the two longest winning streaks in NFL history. As prolific a passer as Marino was, to me the definition of a great QB is one that wins championships. I would have put Elway or Jim Kelly (he didn't win any superbowls but is the only QB to take his team to 4 straight title games) or even Roger Staubach.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

I'm more than willing to revisit Brady after his career is over, as I suspect that he will not again reach those stellar highs so overall his career won't be quite as sizzling as it has been so far. We'll see! :)


aaron 6 years ago

hers my list:

5. brett favre

4.brett favre

3.brett favre

2.brett favre

1.brett favre


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

1. Brett Favre Is A Washed-Up Has-Been Grudge-Driven Lunatic.

2. Brett Favre Is A Washed-Up Has-Been Grudge-Driven Lunatic.

3. Brett Favre Is A Washed-Up Has-Been Grudge-Driven Lunatic.

4. Brett Favre Is A Washed-Up Has-Been Grudge-Driven Lunatic.

5. Brett Favre Is A Washed-Up Has-Been Grudge-Driven Lunatic.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

Well I just have to put my list up here (and this is really in no other order than who I think belong in the top 5. . lets begin with:

1-Roger Staubach - He took a Dallas club that “couldn’t win the big game” (5 crushing playoff losses in 5 straight seasons, including 3 in NFL championship games (or the Super Bowl) and turned it into a championship team it was then in his first full year at the helm that Dallas became “America’s Team” .

2-Johnny Unitas- Even Sports Illustrated called him the best ever in its cover-story tribute following his death in 2002.

3-Bart Starr - The only quarterback in history who has a ring for every one of his fingers on his throwing hand. And if you go back in time to 1967 and remember the "Ice Bowl" it was Starr who led the Packers to their third straight NFL championship by changing the play of handing off (as the play was designed), and instead he brought the ball in and over himself, and yes that was the winning touchdown. And on a small note . . he was the QB under non other then the legendary Lombardi.

4-Joe Montana - Joe Cool, the master of the late game comebacks. . .it was the time of "Montana Magic" and you have to say that his most magical moment was when he orchestrated a 92-yard game-winning drive in the closing seconds of Super Bowl XXIII.

5-Eli Manning - maybe he doesn't belong on this list (yet) but he will . he will ;)


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Staubach, not top 5.

Unitas, I have.

Starr, close but not top 5.

Montana IS A GOD.

Eli... ELI??? Top 5??? Why not Mark Sanchez? Aw fer cryin' out loud...


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

Sorry Hal but I beg to disagree. Fact is that Starr is a star and is most certainly deserving of a top 5 spot, one for each one of his rings:) Please explain how Dan Marino belongs in the top 5 and not Starr????????

And Eli . . as Three Dog Night once sang.....Eli's coming! Few more seasons under his belt and a few more rings for his fingers and you just might have to eat those words. Sanchez is cute and Jet fans are liking him alot, not a bad start of a season for a rookie but please just cause he plays in NY is no reason to go a crying out loud or try to compare him to a Super Bowl Champ.


JUSLUV2WRITE 6 years ago

If you read many of the comments to this blog you can readily understand why it is impossible to pick five of the greatest quarterbacks or five of the greatest "anythings". There are just too many ways to measure greatness.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Hey, disagreement is what the comments section is all about! :) Why Marino over Starr, simple: Dan head to head against Bart would shred him, even in the later days when he had Robocop legs and couldn't move three inches out of the pocket. Sure, if Eli has a Robocop type transplant where he gets Montana's brain, Vick's legs, Unitas' heart, and Bradshaw's arm, he'll get more rings of the Super Bowl variety. Without it, all he'll get is a footnote that he was the brother of one of the greatest QBs to ever take a snap. And, BTW, Sanchez was just a joke. It was to prove that people always gravitate to the current players as "the greatest" and disregard the truly great ones of the past. How else explain the rabid fanatics who have as an article of faith that the inconsistent, fragile, and overly distracted Brady is a top 5 QB?


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T_Augustus 6 years ago from Detroit, MI

Okay did someone say Brady is the best 2 min drill QB ever? That person evidently is too young to have watched Montana and Elway. Montana is easily the best, and Elway is a very close second in that category. The reason I don't put Brady in their league, if you really look at it, his most famous late drives ended in game winning field goals - Montana and Elway scored game winning touchdowns!

I do believe I'd put Elway over Unitas on this list. I like the rest of it though. Favre is certainly in the conversation, but he has thrown a lot of careless interceptions which is why I would keep him on the outside looking in as you did. Marino had a great career, but one of the comments I read hit the nail on the head, he had some choke performances in the big ones. That's why he's the only ringless member of this list.

Lastly, one person said Elway faced tougher Super Bowl opponents than Montana. I beg to differ. Giants - yes, very tough. Skins - with Doug Wms? FLUKE! 49ers um..wait, how can you argue your point when one of the 3 QBs to beat him was Montana? Packers - very solid team. Falcons - give me a break! That was one of the worst Super Bowl teams ever. 49ers faced 2 very good Bengal teams, the Dolphins featuring the heralded Marino (with the "Marx Brothers at receivers), and your beloved Broncos. To say the Bronco opponents were better is arguable at best...but you're reaching.

I think the success of Matt Cassell takes away from the legacy of Tom Brady. It showed that a mediocre QB could strive in that offense. I think Brady, like Favre, is in the conversation, but will need to have a good "I'm back" moment to regain the respect he once had.

Final thought, a name I find noticeably missing from the conversation is Joe Namath.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

I agree with a lot of what you've said, but with Broadway Joe, he's not top 5 category. Top 20 at best when you look at his overall stats.


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PoliSciMETRODC 6 years ago

The best QB in NFL History is TOM BRADY. He has 3 rings, he has the highest winning percentage in NFL History for the regular season, 2nd highest winning percentage in playoff history, 50 TD season, a 92.5 career QB rating, and one of the most clutch QBs in the history of the NFL.

1. Tom Brady

2. Joe Montana

3. John Elway

4. Terry Bradshaw

5. Dan Marino


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Brady, Brady, Brady... it's starting to sound like Marsha, Marsha, Marsha around here! He was never a top 5 and the proof is definitely since he got hammered in the first game of last season onwards. What has he done that's so spectacular? At this rate the Pats won't even make the playoffs!!!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

still cant buy into Marino but to each his own! And Eli may have had a bad day yesterday but I still believe one day you just might have to eat them words of yours.. maybe take a look at my new one on WR . would LOVE to hear your comments on it. .


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T_Augustus 6 years ago from Detroit, MI

Polisci: As a Wolverine fan I would like to buy that Tom Brady is the best of all time, but I can't. As I said in my post, name his signature "clutch drive" that actually ended up in a winning TD, instead of a field goal. Joe Montana has 4 Super Bowl rings and 3 Super Bowl MVPs. If you can name one other QB that can make that claim, I will wear a Lions jersey in public - in fact, I'll make it a Scott Mitchell throwback!


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

wavegirl22: Great Hub. Rice, no question. Swann, also no question, but make sure to add the second N to his name. Berry, also unquestionable. I have a bit of a problem with your other two. Are either of them more worthy than Michael Irvin or the incredible Paul Warfield?

T_Augustus: You're a braver man than I am. I wouldn't have the stones to wear a Lions jersey in public. In fact, I have my Bucs jersey buried so deep in my closet, I don't even think I could find it in less than an hour!


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acanderson24 6 years ago

Ok...Ruling out my favorite quarterback Roger Staubach, who was known as "Roger the Dodger", and "Captain Comeback", for his mobility in the pocket and his ability to lead his team in 4th quarter comebacks. He was drafted in 1964 but didn't play a down in the NFL until 1969 because of his military obligations....wheew got that out of my system...Oh yeah, he played in 4 superbowls winning two and losing two, to those strong team in the 70's the Steelers or something like that...( lol ) I agree with your picks for the most part...by the it is John Elway and not Tom Brady who is the master of the 2 minute drill. Terry Bradshaw...ahhhmmm...that's a tough one...I never saw him throw an accurate pass in his career, he just threw it as high as he could and then Lynn Swann would always make some acrobatic catch. But I will give him the 4 superbowls.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Once again, Staubach was a great QB. One of the best ever. But not in the top 5. :)


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Fr FtBll Fnz 6 years ago

I must say, throwing Peyton Manning in the list was a bold choice. He's just 33 years old which means he has possibly another 5 years or so. Saying he's already in the top 5 quarterbacks of all time is too bold. In my eyes, he is not even the best quarterback currently in the NFL. Tom Brady, although starting slow, has put up solid numbers of his own and has always found a way to win the majority of his games. Some other mentionables to this list could be, Steve Young, Phil Sims, Joe Namath, Bart Starr, Troy Aikman, John Elway, Sammy Baugh, Roger Staubach, and many others. Also, I'm not trying to bash on you to much, but how could Dan Marino be put in front of someone like John Elway or Joe Namath without ever winning the big game himself? I do like how you have Montana at number one. I also like how you back up your chioces. It is a well written hub.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks for the comment and I appreciate your input. Your list definitely does fill out a Top 20, but I'm sticking to my 5 guys. As for Manning/Brady... Hahahahaaaaaaaaaa... just a few hours after Manning stuffed it up Belechick's cheating netherregions by capitalizing on a typical BB horrible call and made Mr. Bundchen look like he was playing Pop Warner, you still place him above the guy who might just end up displacing Joe from #1? That's too funny. Thanks for the laugh dude! :)


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Bryan Suedbeck 6 years ago

Starr? Favre has to be on this list. Elway should be considered for sure. Brady is pretty awesome. Problem is, who do you bump from the 5 to make room? And is it time to put Big Ben in this conversation?


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RWC149 6 years ago from Jackson, MI

I don't know about Dan Marino being above Brett favre or Tom Brady and both of those guys should be above Johnny Unitas. here's what I think: #5 Terry Bradshaw, #4 Brett Favre, #3 Peyton Manning, #2 Tom Brady, #1 Joe Montana.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Bryan Suedback: Ben can't even ride a motorcycle, let alone get into the Top 5. Right now, Ben wouldn't make the Top 50.

RWC149: Mark my words. In ten years no self respecting sports journalist will place Brady in the Top 20. Favre might make Top 10 by then... but doubtful.


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Gemineye 6 years ago

Nice blog - I agree, as much as I disliekd Montana, anyway you slice it, he was the best. He won, he put up nice numbers, and he was clutch. I don't agree with Bradshaw, I think he is one of the most overrated QBs of all time, but...that's my opinion.

Btw, for more sports info check out ~ Sideline Sportz.com ~ You're welcome to agree / disagree with us on there.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks for the vote of confidence in Joe, Gemineye! :)


Ed Brink 6 years ago

Hal, nice work. Where would you have Favre?


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Double Down 6 years ago

Before it's all said and done I think Peyton will be at the top of the list. He's a mixture of Marino's stats and Montana's winning.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Ed Brink: Right now, I'd have him somewhere around the 12th to 15th ranking. If you'd asked me the same question three months ago I might have said 20th.

Double Down: Yeah, if there has been anyone in this generation who can do that it has to be Peyton. The guy is literally magic.


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Oldskool903 6 years ago

hahah i agree with the DolpHINSSSSS

Brees will be up their soon

Check out my hub on the 2009 Nfl comeback player

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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Brees is damn impressive this year, but he does have a pretty good supporting cast too!


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rsmallory 6 years ago from Central Texas

I agree with your list except maybe that it is lacking Starr and Favre. Shouldv'e done Top 7. Brady has no right or place on any 'Top' list. How much of what he accomplished so far has been attributable to the Pats cheating?


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

I dunno about Favre after yesterday's performance where he looked his age bigtime. Brady was a flash in the pan. Mark my words, he will NEVER have a huge game again.


Horner 6 years ago

To the guy that said Manning doesn't have 12 years of 3000+ yards.... He does now. In fact, barring anything extreme, this will be his 10th 4000+ yard season.

And he's 33.

Also, to the guy that said Brady will finish his career with the highest Y/G numbers: Manning is beating him in career and this season's numbers.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Manning is not just awesome, he is the only homo sapiens alive today who might, just might, end up having football historians place him as the unquestioned #1 all time QB, even above (sigh) Joe. It very well may be that whenever we watch the Colts we should be very aware of the fact that decades from now we might have to answer our grandchildren when they ask: Did you ever see Manning play?


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Lucas Bearce 6 years ago

Dude, I know people are sick of hearing about him, but what about Favre? John Elway should be on this list too.

And Sammy Sosa should not be on any list of real baseball players. that guy was a freak show for a couple of years.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Favre... he'll never have another great game. Mark my words on that one. He's damn near as old as me, and I can't even get out of bed in the morning without creaking! :) No way Elway. No way Elway. No way Elway. Hey, I like the sounds of that. Baseball I don't do, that was only a request! :)


komal 6 years ago

Very good list!


swanny1 6 years ago

All these great qbs that you guys picked is very good. The truth is you could not go wrong with any of these great qbs if you build a team around them. But my list of all time greqat qbs would have to be Dan Marino elway manning brady and then joe montana. The difference with these guys is that you could not go wrong with those qbs. There barnone the best. If they would have gave dan the man the tools like the others on this list he would of had the rings. He was so good under pressure and man could he throw the ball better tan anybody that I have ever seen in my life. He should be number one because he was the best at his position not for not winning a Super Bowl. Thats a team effort. If you asked the other qbs that are on my list or yours if they could win a Super Bowl with the dolphins they would say hell no. Dan will be the man always. I would put johnny u on this list but he played in a way different time than these guys did.


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optimus grimlock 6 years ago

Elway is better then marino and bradshaw is better then namath! montana,payton,unitas,bradshaw,elway,farve,marino,moon,kellystaubach. top 10 how you have it is up to you!


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

komal: Thanks!

swanny1: Dan was a great one, you'll get no argument from me there.

optimus gridlock: gotta disagree with some of your top 10, mostly Kelly, Moon and Staubach... top 20 fer shur... top 10, nah.


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richbrown80 6 years ago

Manning wins next Sunday, he becomes my number one. Nobody commands the control he does in a game. If you wanna know who's gonna win big game next week, check out my site, nflandcollegefootball.com


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Oh yeah, dude. Manning has a chance to break out to the very top in this game. He has carried the whole damn team for a couple of seasons now. Let's just hope for his legacy that he doesn't decide to pull a Favre and stick around way too long.


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nutsaboutsports 6 years ago

nice read but you left out a QB who does own back to back Superbowls and left the game on top John Elway.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Nope. I'll say it for the 100th time. Elway: Great QB. Not top 5 material. :)


Dan 6 years ago

List is bogus! No Elway. Not only is Elway top five, but was good enough to argue for top 3.


mark r dc 6 years ago

Your list is accurate,favre is a lucky gunslinger,and elway lost a Super Bowl to your and my #1 qb ,so what does that do for manning after losing to new orleans....drops down or off the list,never realy convinced he was that good plus he panics to easily..i think some of your critics on here are fans of a team with a historic qb rather than pickin the greatest of all time...remember there can be only one #1 and it will always be joe.....


smurko 6 years ago

I don't agree with putting active players on a list of all time greats. Having Manning as #3, does raise some suspicion as to the validity of your rankings. If you were to ask a coach, player, or an expert "who you would want on your team to lead you to a championship?" I think most would say Brady. He has a better winning percentage in the playoffs and the most Super Bowl rings of any active QB. Maybe your list should be the greatest statistical QBs? Manning and Marino are tops in that category. My vote for best all time would be (no active players)

Montanna

Elway

Bradshaw

Aikman

Kelly

I believe Manning, Farve and Brady will replace the bottom three. If Brady wins another ring, he will be 1. If not, he will be behind Montanna. Marino is a great statistical QB but could never seal the deal. If Kelly had won at least one Super Bowl, he would have been higher, four straight super bowl appearances is hard to overcome. I wished he had won one to complete his legacy.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Dan, your brain is bogus. Take it back for a refund. :)

mark r dc, thank you, and I agree with almost everything you've said. Of course this list was written almost two years ago, and his attack of Favreitis at the end of SB XLIV was definitely a huge letdown, but we'll see what Manning is able to do next season. If he bounces back, he deserves to stay. If he immolates, then he might not be Top 5 material any longer.

smurko, Brady? Brady? A couple of decent years doesn't make you Top 5! Sheesh, dude, check your brain's refund policy and get in line behind Dan. And Aikman and Kelly? You HAVE GOT to be kidding. I could have been a great QB with Irvin and Smith for cryin' out loud, and Kelly is arguably not even in the Top 15 or 20! Gotta lay off the wacky tobacky, smurko! :)


namey 6 years ago

I think Dan Marino is the best. Joe Montana never had a 4,000 yard season.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Ya, but Dan, as much as I love him, never won that big one! :)


namey 6 years ago

Its not who won the most superbowls, its who was the best quarterback. Dan also had 1 5000 yard season.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Ya, and that's why Dan's in there. But overall, Joe beats Dan, hands down. :)


namey 6 years ago

I still think Dan is the best. He had a 5,000 yard season. Joe never had 4,000 yards in a season. Hes great ya. But Dan is better. Imagine if Dan had played for the 49ers and Joe had played for the Dolphins. My list is

1. Dan Marino

2. Joe Montana

3. Peyton Manning

4. John Elway

5. Johnny Unitas


namey 6 years ago

No. Wait. Im gonna have to change 5. on my list from Unitas to Dan Fouts. Some people will disagree with this, but for some reason I just like Fouts.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Well, you can like whoever you want but Fouts is barely a Top 20. And I've already made my case against Elway for Top five. :)


namey 6 years ago

Elway and Fouts are both better than Bradshaw.


landonj5 6 years ago

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namey 6 years ago

i cant find your site landon


namey 6 years ago

Marinos the best.


The Oracle 6 years ago

4 superbowls no interceptons, now thats a statistic !!!! Montana smply the best


hello 6 years ago

i hate it that people say terry bradshaw is great the dude had more ints than tds what's so good about that??? BTW i believe Brady is the best who did he have on the Super Bowl winning teams?? Point proven..


IVQB#9 6 years ago

Best quarterback of all time? Peyton Manning! He has a great work ethic, best machanics in the NFL and last but not least, his will to win. Peyton makes everything he does look so easy. He knows the defense better then they know them selves. Hes smart and will burn you everytime he sees a little mistke you have made, wether its a blown coverage or something as complicated as calling an audible when he reads your defene the correct way, like he does everytime he gets under his center. People say they hate peyton and that they don't like him. They say these things because hes not on the team they like and they know hes gonna kick their teams tails when he gets a chance to. Look, im an 8th grader who played on my highschool team this year because i base my style of play on Peyton's. I don't even like the colts actually, im a cowboys fan. I just like to watch the best quarterback in the NFL kick peoples buts on sundays after the Dallas games. Hopefully this changes your mind on who you think the best quarterback to ever play the game was, #18.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

The Oracle: Right on!

hello: Brady? Ha! A few years from now no one in their right minds will ever even list him in the Top 10 let alone 5!

IVQB#9: I would have agreed with you as late as halftime in the last SB, but the fourth quarter was not Peyton at his best. He will have to struggle back to greatness, unfortunately. And I count myself as a real Peyton fan, but I've got to be realistic.


TTh 6 years ago

Seriously Elway really was the best and everyone knows it, They just all hate the Broncos so they cant say that a Bronco was the best, which he was.


mrm85.com 6 years ago

When you put together a list like this everyone will debate it trying to make a case for their favorite QB or their team's QB but I must agree that Elway should be on this list, but then again my top 5 will differ from other people's top five.


SFMICk 6 years ago

Joe Montana FOREVER #1 - Brady and Manning can win a 3 or 4 superbowls more. Doesn't matter because they have losses. Montana has zero losses in the biggest game ever. The greatest Super Bowl qb rating that anyone will ever have (min 2 superbowls played)

Seriously, the only thing that matters is winning the Super Bowl. Ask anyone. Regular season stats are useless. It is like the 49ers wipping the Rams, Saints, and Cardinals every year in the 80's and getting bounced in the first round, lol, what's the point, Thank God, that didn't happen. The real season starts in the playoffs. All that work and with nothing to celebrate.

To gage how big a Super Bowl win is, not just player, but im talking about for city, a state. ---would you take your kids to a parade for someone having a great year, or would you take your kids to a parade of a winning Super Bowl team?

I attended Super Bowl parades in SF in the 80's and 90's after the niners won. I witnessed crowds of joyful cries of we love you JOE, ive witnessed grown men crying because they got to see a piece of Joe and the 49ers, I watched police tackling fans for apparently trying to reach the parade cars. That is what a Super Bowl does, and what not winning doesn't. Breaking single season records, having a great year doesn't do jack rabbit. Ask the little leager who gives up the winning run in a championship baseball game. Season don't mean jack if you dont win it all.

My top 5:

#1 Montana

#2 Johnny U

#3 Elway

#4 Bart Starr

#5 Bradshaw

Some guy wrote that Brady only wins last minute games on FG. Aint that the truth. LOL :)


jase 6 years ago

okay, i live in canada, so i cant be biased about my top 5...this is based purely on quarterback skills, knowledge, decision making..etc...

1) Johnny Unitas

id like to see peyton throw a td pass in 47 consecutive games...cant be done...just cant beat him...

2) Joe Montana

Joe Cool embodied everything that a quarterback should be: calm under pressure, unfailingly accurate, blessed with great vision and anticipation, and a consummate leader

3) Fran Tarkenton

yeppers...speed...first successful and best scrambling quarterback of all time

4) Dan Marino

The original quarterback...playing style is the same as peyton's and brett's, undoubtedly the quickest release ever..

5) John Elway

the next Joe Cool...clutch much? he only had 1 bad year...1993...or he wudve excelled past Joe...Super Bowl championships dont matter...qbs dont win em...teams do...he didn't have much of a team..and still lead em to 2 Super Bowl victories..

6) Steve Young

7) Ken Anderson...look him up

8) Dan Fouts...don't ask...

9) Brett Favre...the original gunslinger

10) Roger Staubach...copied franny...roger the dodger...


namey 6 years ago

Marino's the best. Hes the most talented. He had a 5000 yard season. I like Montana. But he never even had a 4000 yard season.


CCody 6 years ago

Peyton has carried a okay team most of his career and continues to do so. He has better drive for perfection than just about any player of all time, so this stupidity of just saying rings are the deciding factor should not be part of this title of greatest quarterback. Greatest team would easily be based on rings, but greatest player for a position is about a lot more than rings. In that thought and in the quarterback category, Peyton Manning is the best of all time. And, he still has years left to show up and beat the stats of all the rest. Keep an eye on him as you will most likely never see one as great in your lifetime.


namey 6 years ago

I think i like dan marino better cuz he didn't win a super bowl.


Derek Lee 6 years ago

Montana and Manning are the only ones worth mentioning here. Marino played in a bowl and lost horribly. Elway and Brady are top flight and the other 3 you have listed are next tier.


Chris 6 years ago

Let me guess, your a Raider fan? Would explain why theres no Brady on this list! Lol No, I got it. Your still bitter of "the tuck". Good job man


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Bucs. And Brady is not a Top 5 now, and will never be a Top 5. Period.


Chris 6 years ago

Brady won 3 bowls with less talent around him than any one of these 5 you have. He isn't "one of" He's hands down the greatest ever. And I'm a bucs fan too!


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Brady... bubbling under the Top 10... and depending on how this season goes, may drop from there! But anyway, GO BUCS! :)


Luke Robertson 6 years ago

Marino, an all time top 5, really? Heard of Brady? Also, why didn't you throw Bledsoe in there? He threw for a ton of yards. A similar choke artist! Marino, Yaaak


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Ok... it's obvious that people aren't getting the message so...

READ MY LIPS

BRADY

IS

NOT

AND

NEVER

WILL

BE

A

TOP

5

QB.

Thank you! :)

P.S. I'm willing to put down a bet right now, that once his career is over he will rank between #11 and #15.


Todd 6 years ago

Wow! Some serious bias against John Elway here. Although some of you have him rated high many do not have him in the top five. Are you serious?

Let's see. John Elway is the ONLY QB in NFL history to take a team to FIVE Super Bowls. The first three he got to were miracles because the team around him was not much.

When he finally had a DECENT supporting cast he won two in a row, and if he had decided to keep playing he could have easily won three in a row.

He made plays that many of the GREAT QB's of all time simply could not make, not even imagine making.

Joe Montana was a product of the system and GREAT players around him. Troy Aikman, my goodness, he was average to slightly above average. He had GREAT talent around him.

Marino was a GREAT GREAT QB but just could not get the Dolphins over the hump, like Elway was able to get the Broncos over the hump.

My list:

1. John Elway

2. Dan Marino

3. Steve Young

4. Petyon Manning

5. Roger Staubach

There are so many great QB's but you have to consider what some of these guys had around them. Montana for most of his career had GREAT talent around him plus a fantastic system.

Terry Bradshaw? Are you serious? The defenses won most of those Super Bowls and he also had some of the best talent of all time around him. Look at those Steeler teams. Jesus, the offense and defense is loaded with Hall of Famer's.

When all is said and done it will be hard to beat out John Elway. If he had been surrounded by good to great talent his whole career, and in an offense that took full advantage of his skills...he probably would have won five or six Super Bowls.

Put him on those Cowboy and 49'er teams and he would have.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

#1 Elway? You are in serious need of rehab my friend. :)


Derek Lee 6 years ago

Theres Brady, Montana, Elway, and everyone else. Can you shrink it to three, and please lose the stiffs? Marino? C'mon!


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Sure, we'll cut it to three: Montana, Marino, and Unitas. OK? :)


Derek Lee 6 years ago

What's the love affair with Marino? He's not even in the top 20! Forget about Marino! Brady is god!


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Brady is an overhyped, underachieving footnote in QB history. :)


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em_squared 6 years ago from Greensboro NC

S long as you got #1 right, which you did, Im cool with the list. Lottle argument to maker aginst your picks. i might take Marino out for not having any rings, move everybody up a slot and put Brady at 5. good article. great pic


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Hey, I'll have it on my tombstone: Montana Forever! :)


namey 6 years ago

Brady sucks. And why do you all not like Marino for never winning a super bowl. I dont think it really matters that much.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Hear hear. :)


Derek Lee 6 years ago

Lol Marino is the biggest choke artist next to Kelley. Marino why? And why the blind illogical Brady hate? Noone in there right mind puts Marino ahead of Brady! :)


Derek Lee 6 years ago

Also your dead on with montana. Couldn't agree more. Although it should be noted that your going to hear crap for saying marino was better than brady on any level. As long as your fine with it. Stick with your boy!


SFMICk 6 years ago

@HAL Licino "Montana Forever!" = Hit right on the nail. End this post. LOL


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

I'm not gonna get back into the Marino is better than Brady since Dan is a God and Tom is a relative schmuck. But I'm glad that we can agree that MONTANA IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE GREATEST QUARTERBACK WHO HAS EVER WALKED THIS EARTH! :)


Derek Lee 6 years ago

Lets be realistic for a second. We can all see your negative bias towards Brady. I don't know what hed did to you personally. But i'm sure whatever it was. It was just a misunderstanding. Be realistic. Fact Brady got NE 3 rings. Fact Marino never did anything. Did you forget the facts?


Spunkk 6 years ago

Peyton manning! That's all I gotta say! Quit fronting like y'all don't know who the greatest is!


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Derek. There have been many many MANY hundreds of QBs in NFL history. Brady is way ahead of all but about maybe 8-12 of them. Top 5 no way. How did he play this season?

Spunkk. I'll tell ya, if Peyton has another season like last he's off this list, unfortunately. And I'm a Peyton fan, but facts are facts.


Derek Lee 6 years ago

Brady in 09. 4,398 passing yards. 28 TD's. 96.2 passer rating.

How did he play? You tell me.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

I could have gotten a 90 passer rating with his receiving corps! It's not the singer it's the song! :)

Sure, Montana had Rice, and Marino had Clayton, but those guys could throw to fat grandmas on scooters and score TDs!


Derek Lee 6 years ago

And I can just argue that Brady never has had the superstar receiver, for any one of his three rings that he has. This is what seperates him from all the rest.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

And what percentages of those three rings were "helped out" by his "spy" coach? :)


Derek Lee 6 years ago

Lol "Spygate". Right.. What evidence do you have that anything was helped by video tapes?

Brady will finish his career with a few more rings. And I'll be curious to see what it'll take for this stiff to crack your top ten! :)


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Nah, Belichickipoo was taping the opposite bench just to get intimate jock strap videos to post on sportscrotch.com. :) Tell ya wot... I'm already of the belief that by the time he retires he'll be anywhere between 8-12. But I'll firmly put him in the top 10 if he isn't a washout THIS season. I see a real baaaaaaaaaaaaaaad season in my crystal ball for Tom. We'll see if I'm right! :)


Derek Lee 6 years ago

I don't know what gives you that idea..He'll likely have better receivers than ever before. He can top 50 tds from 07. He's going to smash every single record before its over.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Brady 2010: 24 TD max. Pats 2010: 9-7. Take it to the bank. :)


Derek Lee 6 years ago

Duly noted.


Kirk Minihane 6 years ago

I think Brady is most consistent great quarterback the NFL has ever seen. He's never had a bad year. Montana had a lousy 1986 (threw more INTs than TDs), Manning stiffed in 2003 (23 picks for a 6-10 Colts team coming off 13-3 and 10-6 seasons), and you can find a season like that for other guy on this list but Brady. He's always been over 60 percent passing, always a healthy TD over INT edge, and his teams have had a winning record every year.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

2010: The End Of Brady. (Cue the Also Sprach Zarathustra). :)


Derek Lee 6 years ago

Bold statement. Did you put a hit out on him?


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Won't have to. The other 31 teams already did. :)


Derek Lee 6 years ago

Yeah and then reality will strike, when he smashes every record. And gets another ring or three.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Here's the bet Derek. I'll write a Hub where I state repeatedly that I'm a donkey who knows nothing about football if Brady is in the top 5 QBs of 2010 AND/OR if the Pats go better than 10-6. How's that? :)


Derek Lee 6 years ago

Your on.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

OK, but if I win, then you have to post a comment saying that JaMarcus is a better QB than Brady! :)


Derek Lee 6 years ago

Jemarcus who...Russel? I don't beleive he's currently in the league. Brady couldn't play bad enough to equal a Russel if he had 50 sacks and 60 ints. And never won another game in hus lifetime. Got anything better?


Derek Lee 6 years ago

Russel isn't in the NFL.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

JaMarcus is the winner of the Ryan Leaf award for incompetent brutish moronic QBs. He is a valid choice for you to claim is better than Brady when my prognostications come true. :)


Derek lee 6 years ago

Top 5? 100 bucks says brady will lead the league in either td's or passing yards in 2010. Another 100 says he'll finish among the top three overall.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Hmm... $200 bucks would come in real handy this Xmas. Since it's a SURE thing I'll WIN! :)

NOTE: I'm NOT taking the bet. All I need is for Hubpages to toss me out because I'm using my Hub as a gambling venue! :)

But... That's SUCH a sucker bet... It's the sweetest and easiest $200 I've ever turned down! :)


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author


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jerseys4kids.com 6 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

How do you do a top 5 Quarterbacks list and leave out Brett Favre? Also think Elway could get in there .. But you did get the number 1 right anyway!


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Favre who? You don't mean that embarrassing senior citizen who gets donned up in purple to get mugged on Sundays... :)


steve  6 years ago

Joe Montana super bowl stats prove he was by far the greatest QB ever, no one even comes close. He did win without Jerry and John, anyone remember who played with Joe on his first SB win ? ( without looking it up) and he was the system not product of it. I could be wrong I but beleive he won the title at every level he ever played whoever he played with or against.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

You are certainly referring to Dwight Clark's THE CATCH! Definitely one of the most amazing moments in NFL history! :)


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

HELLO! Bucs are 2-0, Pats are 1-1! Are all you Brady lovers getting ready to kiss your season goodbye yet? NOTE! Josh Freeman will have better stats than Brady by the playoffs... which the Bucs will make and the Pats will MISS!


Derek Lee 6 years ago

The Bucs beat the panthers and the Browns and your celebrating like its your super bowl? People, you'll have to excuse hal, its not his fault, its the drugs. Pats will do better than the most unimpressive 2-0 team in nfl history


Derek Lee 6 years ago

Your Bucs are #23 on the power rankings. Guess 2-0 doesn't mean much to the experts.


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Derek Lee 6 years ago

Ok I read it and. I found this.

•The Bucs defeated two really rotten teams

•The Bucs are young and developing

•Josh is unproven and still a bit erratic

•Cadillac has never recovered from his injuries and likely never will

•Ronde is almost as old as Favre

•The coach is barely qualified to run a Pop Warner offense


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

All true. That makes your Pats even more PAThetic! :) 1-1! HAHA. Maybe they'll get lucky and win another maybe what... two, three games? :)


Dan 6 years ago

dude, hal, there is alot of bias against Elway and Brady, your almost irrational in your opinions


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

No bias at all. Neither are top 5 material.


Derek Lee 6 years ago

Yes, yes they are.


Derek Lee 5 years ago

NE V MINN Super Bowl XLV Take it to the bank!


Derek Lee 5 years ago

Its a certainty by all that the Patriots are going to win it all, led by Brady. Brady the greatest of all time.


colts fan 5 years ago

My list

1.Peyton manning

2. tom brady

3. john elway

4. eli manning

5. aaron rodgers or brett favre


Derek Lee 5 years ago

Brady has 3 rings with less talent than Manning. Manning isn't even number 2. Montana is.


Derek Lee 5 years ago

Forget I said MINN. Noone knows now whos coming out of the NFC this year.


bigal14 5 years ago

Joe Montana deserves his #1 spot. He wasn't just a great quarterback because of Rice and taylor. When he was shipped to the chiefs he took a mediocre team at best and led them to their first AFC championship. What a coincidence that J.J. Birden and Willie Davis had the best season of their careers in 1994 while Joe Montana was quarterback.


Joseph 5 years ago

Peyton Manning is the best!!!!!!

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