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The Top 5 Greatest Quarterbacks Of All Time

Updated on March 20, 2011

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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      Joseph 6 years ago

      Peyton Manning is the best!!!!!!

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      bigal14 6 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.

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      Derek Lee 6 years ago

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

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      Derek Lee 6 years ago

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

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      colts fan 6 years ago

      My list

      1.Peyton manning

      2. tom brady

      3. john elway

      4. eli manning

      5. aaron rodgers or brett favre

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      Derek Lee 6 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.

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      Derek Lee 6 years ago

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

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      Derek Lee 6 years ago

      Yes, yes they are.

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      Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto

      No bias at all. Neither are top 5 material.

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      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

      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? :)

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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

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      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

      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

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      Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto

      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!

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      Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto

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

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      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

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

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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

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      Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto

      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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      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

      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. :)

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      Derek Lee 6 years ago

      Russel isn't in the NFL.

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      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?

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      Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto

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

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      Derek Lee 6 years ago

      Your on.

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      Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto

      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? :)

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      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

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

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      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

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

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      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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      Derek Lee 6 years ago

      Duly noted.

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

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

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      Derek Lee 7 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 7 years ago from Toronto

      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! :)

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      Derek Lee 7 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 7 years ago from Toronto

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

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      Derek Lee 7 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 7 years ago from Toronto

      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!

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      Derek Lee 7 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 7 years ago from Toronto

      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.

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      Spunkk 7 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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      Derek Lee 7 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?

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      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! :)

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      SFMICk 7 years ago

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

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      Derek Lee 7 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!

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      Derek Lee 7 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! :)

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      Hear hear. :)

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      namey 7 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 7 years ago from Toronto

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

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      em_squared 7 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 7 years ago from Toronto

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

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      Derek Lee 7 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 7 years ago from Toronto

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

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      Derek Lee 7 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 7 years ago from Toronto

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

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      Todd 7 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 7 years ago from Toronto

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

      READ MY LIPS

      BRADY

      IS

      NOT

      AND

      NEVER

      WILL

      BE

      A

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      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.

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      Luke Robertson 7 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 7 years ago from Toronto

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

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      Chris 7 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 7 years ago from Toronto

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

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      Chris 7 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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      Derek Lee 7 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.

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      namey 7 years ago

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

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      CCody 7 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.

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      namey 7 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.

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      jase 7 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...

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      SFMICk 7 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 :)

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      mrm85.com 7 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.

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      TTh 7 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.

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      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.

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      IVQB#9 7 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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      hello 7 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..

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      The Oracle 7 years ago

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

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      namey 7 years ago

      Marinos the best.

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      namey 7 years ago

      i cant find your site landon

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      landonj5 7 years ago

      go to my site it's landonj5wordpress.com it has top 10!

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      namey 7 years ago

      Elway and Fouts are both better than Bradshaw.

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      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. :)

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      namey 7 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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      namey 7 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

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

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

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      namey 7 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 7 years ago from Toronto

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

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      namey 7 years ago

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

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      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! :)

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      smurko 7 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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      mark r dc 7 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.....

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      Dan 7 years ago

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

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

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

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      nutsaboutsports 7 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 7 years ago from Toronto

      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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      richbrown80 7 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 7 years ago from Toronto

      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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      optimus grimlock 7 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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      swanny1 7 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.