All-Time Favorite NFL Quarterbacks
Growing up around a bunch of uncles and male cousins, I quickly became accustomed to learning about and watching NFL games. Yes, I was able to talk shop with the best of them and it became fun to cheer for my team in a divided room.
There were a number of players that I enjoyed watching (even on the teams that I didn't necessarily cheer for consistently). Five of the most interesting and talented quarterbacks that I enjoyed watching were Troy Aikman, John Elway, Dan Marino, Joe Montana & Doug Williams.
Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys (1989-2000)
Troy Aikman was the overall number one 1989 NFL draft pick for the Dallas Cowboys. His professional career achievements include one MVP trophy (1992), three Super Bowl championships (XXVII, XXVIII & XXX) and six appearances in the Pro Bowl. Additionally, he was inducted into the 2006 Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- 165 touchdowns
- 141 interceptions
- 32,942 passing yards
- 81.6 passing rate
Current Career: FOX Television Broadcaster
John Elway, Denver Broncos (1983-1998)
John Elway was selected in the first round as the first pick in the 1983 NFL draft. He was initially selected by the Baltimore Colts and then traded to the Denver Broncos. His professional career achievements include one MVP trophy (1987), two Super Bowl championships (XXXII & XXXIII), nine Pro Bowls, two-time AFC Offensive Player of the Year (1987, 1983) and NFL 1990s All Decade Team. Additionally, he was inducted into the 2004 Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- 300 touchdowns
- 226 interceptions
- 51,475 passing yards
- 79.9 passing rate
Current Career: Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Denver Broncos
Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins (1983-1999)
Dan Marino was the 27th pick in round one of the 1983 NFL draft. He was the first player to be hand picked to play for the USFL Los Angeles Express; however, he declined choosing to sign with the Miami Dolphins. His career accomplishments include one Super Bowl appearance (XIX), one NFL MVP trophy (1984), nine Pro Bowl appearances, NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1984), two-time AFC Player of the Year (1984, 1994) and 31 franchise records. Additionally, he was inducted into the 2005 Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- 420 touchdowns
- 252 interceptions
- 61,361 passing yards
- 86.4 passing rate
Current Career: Analyst for The NFL Today (CBS)
Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers (1979-1992)
Joe Montana is considered to be an NFL legend and had tremendous success considering he was the 82nd pick of round 3 in the 1979 NFL draft. His career achievements include four Super Bowl championships (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV), three Super Bowl MVP trophies (1982, 1985, 1990), two NFL MVP trophies (1989, 1990) and eight Pro Bowl appearances. Additionally, he was inducted into the 2005 Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He also did a one year stint with the Kansas City Chiefs (1993-1994).
- 273 touchdowns
- 139 interceptions
- 48,551 passing yards
- 92.3 passing rate
Current Career: Humanitarian
Doug Williams, Washington Redskins (1986-1989)
Doug Williams made football history by becoming the first black quarterback to play in and win an NFL Super Bowl (XLVI) championship game. In this historical game, he went up against legendary quarterback John Elway and the Denver Broncos. Additionally, Williams received his one and only MVP trophy for his outstanding performance which included five touchdowns in the second quarter, 18 out of 29 passes completed for 340 yards and four touchdown passes.
His professional career began with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1978-1982) after being selected 17th overall in the first round of the 1978 NFL draft. After an unsuccessful contract renegotiation with the Buccaneers, Williams found his career path taking him to play for the USFL Oklahoma/Arizona Outlaws (1984-1985) before the league shut down in 1986. For three years (1986-1989), he found himself back in the NFL playing for legendary head coach Joe Gibbs - first as the backup QB then as the starting QB due to a variety of events.
- 100 touchdowns
- 93 interceptions
- 16,998 passing yards
- 69.4 passing rate
Current Career: Head Coach, Grambling State University
The five gentlemen mentioned above were truly some of my favorite quarterbacks to watch during their tenure in the NFL. I hope that you have enjoyed this Hub and I would love to hear about some of the quarterbacks that you loved to watch and/or support in the NFL (past or present).
Until next time ...