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Top 5 NFL QBs of All Time

Posted on: January 31, 2010 7:38 am
 
1. John Elway - Maybe somewhat biased, but #7 did more with less than any other QB I can remember watching.  True, he did not win a Super Bowl until was surrounded by great talent, Terrell Davis, Shannon Sharpe, Mark Schlereth, Rod Smith, etc -- but he did make the big game 3 other times while sharing the field with Ricky Nattiel, Sammy Winder, Claerance Kay, seriously??

2. Joe Montana - Always a winner - made great players elite - had the good fortune of being highly skilled while being coached by legends and having teammates of such caliber as Jerry Rice, Roger Craig, Brent Jones, John Taylor -- His entire career was shared with Hall of Fame teammates, while Elway was only that lucky for the final two of his (both Super Bowl wins)

3. Peyton Manning - Has proven to be the unquestioned best player during his career.  All that lacks is time and, potentially, more Trophies.  If so, #18 could sail up this list.  No other player, let alone QB, knows the game like Manning.  When his career is over, assuming not shortened by injury, don't be surprised to see his name alone at the top of this list.

4. Steve Young - Oh how amazing the numbers could look if 1) he wasn't stuck behind Cool Joe in SF or, 2) being sentenced to Tampa for the start of his career or, 3) if Lawrence Phillips knew how to block.  Nonetheless, this guy was insane on the field -- a surgeon's accuracy plus the ability to run, run, run -- hated the niners, loved watching him play.  Plus, the guy threw SIX touchdowns in a Super Bowl -- Yo!

5. Kurt Warner -- Alright, a little bit of a shocker to most.  But, listen to the facts:  He made 3 Super Bowls and was twice named league MVP.  Plus, the three highest passing totals in Super Bowl history....1) Warner, 2) Warner, 3) Warner.  This guy was undrafted!!!  Only got the start in STL when Trent Green hurt his knee in the pre-season.  I can remember then-coach Dick Vermeil literally crying (shocking!) during the press conference, wondering aloud, "what are we gonna do?".  What they did was give the keys to Kurt Warner -- turns out it was the best torn ACL of Vermeil's coaching career.
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Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2010 5:22 pm
 

Top 5 NFL QBs of All Time

If Tommie got to play the Gators every game in the NFL, he would literally rank 1st!

gbr




Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: February 12, 2010 11:21 am
 

Top 5 NFL QBs of All Time

Even though Tommie Frazier was never a great NFL qb, how hard was it to not include him on your top 5 qb list ever??



Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2010 10:29 pm
 

Top 5 NFL QBs of All Time


Well said Hoopdreamz.



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2010 5:08 pm
 

Top 5 NFL QBs of All Time

In response to VarsityClub:

Comparing athletes across different era's or generations as we all know is next to impossible.  That being said, and in my opinion, today's players are so far ahead athletically that I'll often give the nod to later players when making these lists.  Not just because I've seen them play, but because, in most cases, the comparisons are quite similar and the only difference is pure athletic ability. 

With all due respect, this list is only my opinion -- and me leaving off any 'older' players is no more ridiculous than you leaving off any current ones. 

gbr!



Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2010 4:38 pm
 

Top 5 NFL QBs of All Time

OK, I am going to add my list as well:
     Player               TD's  INT's Comp%   Reg     Playoff  Champs
1. Joe Montana     - 273   139    63.2    117-47     16-7       4
2. Bart Starr          - 152   138    57.4   94-57-6      9-1      2* 5
3. Terry Bradshaw - 212    210    51.9    107-51     14-5       4
4. John Elway        - 300   226    56.9   148-82-1   14-7       2
5. Otto Graham     - 174   135    55.8    57-13-1    4-3       3* 7
*indicates non-Super Bowl championships.
Honorable Mention: Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Johnny Unitas.



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2010 4:17 pm
 

Top 5 NFL QBs of All Time

My only problem with Brady is the fact that Belichek literally knew what D the opposition was running which helped him immensely.  Granted, Brady is highly skilled (I have him in the top 10), but I give others the nod due to BB's cheating.  Could Brady have posted those numbers and won those championships w/o BB stealing signs??  We'll never know.  But for my money, I'll take the guys who did it the right way.



Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2010 2:52 pm
 

Top 5 NFL QBs of All Time

I can agree with John Elway as number one and Joe Montana as number two.  But where do you put Tom Brady?  I know he has had a not so great season this year but we can't forget he's a five time pro bowler, three time super bowl winner, twice he was MVP.  He has been better than Peyton more often than not and I think we can forget so quickly some times.  Steve Young great pick and Warner I would say is one below Farve.



Since: Feb 4, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2010 1:54 pm
 

Top 5 NFL QBs of All Time

Your list itself wasn't too surprising (Kurt Warner? Meh.), but I almost choked on my bagle when I read the list of greats John Elway played with towards the end of his career.  You left off Gary Zimmerman for Mark Schlereth?  Really?  Mark Schlereth?  You are definitely smokin the Stinkweed. 



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2010 12:33 pm
 

Top 5 NFL QBs of All Time

Starr
Marino
Tittle
Unitis
Starbuck



Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2010 12:05 pm
 

Top 5 NFL QBs of All Time

I don't know how you can put Steve Young or Warner on here instead of Dan Marino, Tom Brady, or Brett Favre.  Yeah Marino didn't win any super bowls, but he was def. in the top 5 QB's of all time.  Tom Brady won 3 super bowls in 5 years and holds the single season passing touchdown record.  Brett Favre is one of the toughest QB's to play the game, and he just had his best season ever at the age of 40.  To not include at least 2 of these 3 players is absurd.


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