Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
The best quarterbacks of all time include some recent players and some football stars from the past. While old-but-goodie quarterbacks, including Sammy Baugh who played for Washington from 1937 through 1952 may be considered as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, it's hard to measure playing before the Super Bowl ear on the same evaluation scale as the post late-1960s period and the greatest quarterback pool of that era.
- Joe Montana. Known as Joe Cool and then Comeback Joe, Montana played for the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Montana was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame, after a career in professional football that lasted from 1979 to 1994. Montana was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player by the Associated Press in 1989 and 1990.
- Bart Starr. Born Bryan Bartlett "Bart" Starr, this NFL player started his career in 1956 as part of the Green Bay Packer team. Starr ended his playing career in 1971. Over the course of his career, Starr earned nomination as MVP in the first two Super Bowls and also the nod as MVP for the league in 1966. The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted Montana in 1977.
- Johnny Unitas. Known as Johnny U, Unitas played professional football from the 1950s through the 1970s, mainly for the Baltimore Colts. He was named the NFL's MVP in 1959, 1964 and again in 1967. As a full-time starter for the Colts in 1957, Unitas was tapped by the Newspaper Enterprise Association as the league's MVP.
- Roger Staubach. Staubach played football at the New Mexico Military institute where he earned the Heisman Trophy in 1963, and then joined the Dallas Cowboys in 1969. Under his quarterback direction, the Cowboys took four conference titles. He captured the NFL passing record four times and entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
- Peyton Manning. Manning quarterbacks for the Indianapolis Colts. His record from 1998 until 2009 totaled throwing for over 50,000 yards and throwing 366 touchdowns. He owns a record for ten seasons where he completed 4,000 yards in passes. Manner also holds a record for 131 wins in his first twelve years.
- Steve Young. Young played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Francisco 49ers, and also for the U.S. Football League's Los Angeles Express. He was awarded the league's MVP award in 1992 and 1994 and was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2005. Young's record recognizes his 1,500 passes in a single season and his six passing awards.
- Tom Brady. Brady spent his career with the NFL New England Patriots and was awarded the MVP for the Super Bowl twice for the four times he appeared in the Super Bowl. He earned a spot on six Pro Bowl teams and also holds the record for the most touchdown passes in a season.
- Terry Bradshaw. As the quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bradshaw as a Steeler won four Super Bowl titles in his fourteen seasons as a player. Bradshaw earns a spot on the best quarterbacks of all time list and entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
- John Elway. A former member of the Denver Broncos, Elway topped the list of wins at the time he retired in 1999. Elway entered the Hall of Fame in 2004.
- Troy Aikman. The Dallas Cowboy quarterback beginning in 1989, Aikman played twelve seasons with the football organization. Aikman was awarded the MVP award for Super Bowl XXVII and played six times in the Pro Bowl. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.