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20 Greatest NFL Quarterbacks of All Time


There is no doubt that quarterback is the most important position on an NFL team. Without a good quarterback, or at least an adequate game manager at the helm, your team doesn’t stand a chance of making it to the Super Bowl.

Here is a list of twenty greatest athletes to ever line up behind the center and take snaps as NFL quarterbacks.

1. Joe Montana

Unquestionably, Joe Montana is the No. 1 quarterback in American football history up to this point. Now retired, Montana was a clutch fourth-quarter performer, an indisputable leader and a marvelous football player.

Throwing the ball extremely accurate, he never allowed the defense to have time to relax.  On top of that, he almost never missed an open man. His confidence and capability in the playoffs were crucial for building one of the greatest dynasties ever.

Being an essential part of that dynasty, Montana was basically the king of comeback and he ended his career with a total of 31 comebacks in the fourth quarter.

 One of the most enduring and persistent NFL players of all time, Montana is the top NFL quarterback mainly because of his amazing ability to recover from injury and continue where he left off. He finished his career with eight Pro Bowl selections and two NFL MVP awards.

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  • bettys4Va

    I learned about the game of football watching Green Bay and asking stupid annoying questions. My favorite stat about Bart Starr does not have a stat, but I have never seen any quarterback as adapt as he was at faking a hand off!! Cameramen roaming all over the field to find the ball carrier. Never forget the Ice bowl.

  • CliffordII

    At this point, I would agree that Montana is # 1. Always good, he seemed to LIVE for the tense, do or die moment. (See 49’ers vs Dallas: he drove them 90 yards and threw the winning td,clipping the Cowboys in the Championship game by one point. Even at the ending 2 yrs of his career, a soon-to-be award “Coach of the year” said later life “Montana is my greatest ever: he elevates the game of those around him (And Marty Schotemheimer was his coach for Montana’s last two years. Etc. etc. ) Unfortunately, Brady got some preferential help.Eg, without the “tuck rule” vs Charles Woodsen, Brady wasn’t even IN the next game–that first Super Bowl win. Also, which is more consistent, Brady won his second Superbowl MVP throwing 2 ints. and his 2015 MVP throwing an int vs Seattle>>> How can he be more consistent than Montana IN THE BIGGEST GAME OF ALL, Montana threw not one Int. FOUR Superbowl. Many people don’t know that Montana won his first, breakthrough Super Bowl WITHOUT Jerry Rice. Jerry Rice has said Montana inspired HIM–and that cool under pressure, seeing the whole field,
    Montana is my greatest QB ever (words of Jerry Rice). Also, Montana should have been the only one with FOUR Super Bowl MVPS. Again, jerry rice was given on MVP to which he said: “Leadership in the huddle; etc. if it were me–I would have given (this) Superbowl MVP to Joe Montana . (Imagine that from the great Jerry Rice, sort of putting down himself. Why ? Because he was honest and he knew it was true !)
    Thank you for your words that if Warren Moon was allowed to showcase himself in the first 8 or so years of his life (instead of having to go to Canadian Football–where he also shone),
    he would have been like the greatest ever.
    Thank you also, for noting that if Kurt Warner was given more opportunities early…He also is the fastest (a tie) to throw for 30,000 yards—when he DID get a chance in the NFL. He also took TWO bad organizations to the big dance. Who else can beat that ??? Spy gate (I know it is not politically correct but) only beat him by THREE points versus the 2nd superbowl win that Kurt Warner should have won. But although they strip/reaward medals with respect to Olympic competition, our lovely NFL commissioner, 2015, only slaps the New England patriots on the wrist w/ $250,000 ! Great deterrent–as there were 2001 or so MORE spy gate instances….
    Good analysis, and again—I really think it’s informative–and RIGHT to point out some things that you did on Warren Moon , Kurt Warner, etc.

  • OBRon

    Len Dawson isn’t even the greatest quarterback from Purdue. I guess that winning a Super Bowl and breaking most of the NFL records out there doesn’t even qualify Brees in the top 20?

    Obviously, the guy who wrote this has no clue.

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