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10 Greatest QBs of All Time

10. Jim Kelly

Leader of the K-Gun offense that drove teams crazy in the AFC. They were one of the first teams to run a fast-paced no-huddle offense throughout games. They used to keep defenses off guard by not being able to have time to substitute players. The K-Gun offense forced the NFL to change the rules to allow defenses to substitute players if the offense does. Kelly and fellow HOFs Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, and Bruce Smith changed the fortunes of a sad franchise and made them a powerhouse. Bills Mafia wouldn't exist if those Bills teams didn't have the success they did. He gets known for losing 4 straight Super Bowls but let's not forget he led a team to 4 straight Super Bowls. Kelly caused a lot of defensive coordinators sleepless nights.

Kelly passed for 35,467 yards and 237 TDs in his career.

The Bills were always a Super Bowl contender with Kelly.

The Bills were always a Super Bowl contender with Kelly.

Jim Kelly and Marv Levy brought a lot of success and excitement to Buffalo.

Jim Kelly and Marv Levy brought a lot of success and excitement to Buffalo.

9. Steve Young

One of the most athletic QBs earlier in his career. He often relied on his legs to bail him out of trouble. When he developed as a passer, he became a deadly weapon at QB. He could beat you with his arm or his legs and drive opposing teams nuts. Young's game-winning run against the Vikings is one of the best of all time. After living in Joe Montana's shadow, he finally was given the reigns and he delivered a Super Bowl victory as the MVP.

Steve Young passed for 33,124 yards and 232 TDs. He ran for 4,239 yards and 43 TDs. He was a dual-threat QB. He won 3 Super Bowls. 1 as a starter and 2 as a backup. Steve Young played a pivotal role in the 2 seasons as a backup winning the Super Bowl. He won crucial games on their way to the titles when Joe Montana was injured. Young is a 2-time MVP and 1-time Super Bowl MVP.

One of the best QB runs of all time.

One of the best QB runs of all time.

Young was a tough son of a gun.  He wouldn't run out of bounds after losing his helmet.  Thank goodness nowadays they stop the game if that happens.

Young was a tough son of a gun. He wouldn't run out of bounds after losing his helmet. Thank goodness nowadays they stop the game if that happens.

8. Dan Marino

Marino was smashing passing records before it became a passing league. Shredding defenses over and over on his way to the HOF. He never won the big one but he did lead his team to a Super Bowl.

In that Super Bowl season (1984) Marino set the league on fire passing for 5084 yards and 48 TDs. All records at that time. The yards record lasted for 29 years when the league had become a passing league. His 1984 season still ranks 11th on the single-season passing yards total. It took 20 years to break his single-season TD mark. Marino's 48 passing TDs in a single season still ranks 5th all-time.

The 85 Bears destroyed teams on their way to an 18-1 Super Bowl-winning season. The 1 loss was at the hands of Dan Marino. Marino was the only QB to frustrate the greatest defense of all time.

Dan Marino passed for 61,361 and 420 TDs. Marino won the league MVP once. I'm a little shocked that he only has one.

One of the best pure passers the league has ever seen.

One of the best pure passers the league has ever seen.

Marino's record-breaking season in 1984 led the Dolphins to the Super Bowl.

Marino's record-breaking season in 1984 led the Dolphins to the Super Bowl.

7. Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning came into college and the NFL with more hype than anyone I can think of. He never won the big one in college but his talent shined through to make him the 1st pick in the draft. He dazzled in the NFL for years smashing records on his way to the HOF. He finally won the big one. He won 2 Super Bowls and played in 4 total. From day 1 he exercised his control over the offense and drove the opposing teams nuts.

Manning's career stats are 71,940 yards passing (3rd on the all-time list) and 539TDs (3rd on the all-time list). He's won the MVP trophy 5 times and the Super Bowl MVP once. His 5477 yards passing and 55 TD still stand as regular season records.


Manning won Super Bowls with the Colts and Broncos.

Manning won Super Bowls with the Colts and Broncos.

Very few QBs read defenses better Manning.

Very few QBs read defenses better Manning.

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6. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers is one of the most gifted players to ever play QB. He has a strong arm. He's incredibly mobile. Rodgers throws the ball with pinpoint accuracy. Aaron is easily the best at completing the Hail Mary play. He's a future HOF. He has a Super Bowl under his belt and will finish high on a lot of the passing marks when he's done. He's a 4-time MVP and he did all that after replacing a legend (an overrated legend but legend nonetheless). If Aaron Rodgers really gave a shit, he'd be Patrick Mahomes.

Rodgers is currently 10th on the all-time passing yards list at 56,957. He is 5th all-time in TD passes with 460. A-aron is a Super Bowl champion as well as a Super Bowl MVP.

If there is a prototype of a QB it would have to be Rodgers.

If there is a prototype of a QB it would have to be Rodgers.

Rodgers's career lived in the shadows of Favre's just like Young's did with Montana.  Their SB victories allowed them to carve out their legacy.

Rodgers's career lived in the shadows of Favre's just like Young's did with Montana. Their SB victories allowed them to carve out their legacy.

5. Patrick Mahomes

The man is a magician with a football. His skills are off the charts. When he's done, he could be the best that ever did it. He has an infectious personality that makes people like him and wants to follow him. He leads his team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances early in his career, winning 1 in the process. He's the present and future of the league. If he stays healthy, he will easily be in canton when he's finished.

It's still early in Mahomes’s career. He's only 6 years in and he's passed for 21,150 yards and 171 TDs. In his 1st year as a starter, he passed for 5097 yards and 50 TDs. Patrick (Not Pat says his angry mother) is must-see tv.

Many of these could be in his future.

Many of these could be in his future.

Mahomes working his magic.

Mahomes working his magic.

4. Troy Aikman

One of the most overlooked QBs when it comes to the greatest argument. Aikman is the definition of a big-game QB. He's beaten some of the best on his way to the 3 Super Bowl wins. It blows my mind that his name never comes up when talking about the best. He played with the same amount of talent that Joe Montana did. He should get the same type of accolades. Montana only has one more Super Bowl ring than Aikman. Aikman was equally important to his team’s run to the title. In 1991, Aikman got injured and the team went on a run with backup Steve Beuerlein. Once Aikman was healthy, coach Jimmy Johnson decided to stick with Beuerlein. Aikman fumed and demanded to be the starter the next year or traded after the season. Aikman was a team player and didn't force his way back into the lineup. He wasn't happy but he understood. The Cowboys won a wildcard game with Beuerlein and then got destroyed by the Lions the following week. Johnson decided to go back to Aikman the next season and the Cowboys won the 1st of their 3 Super Bowls.

Troy Aikman passed for 32,942 yards and 165 TDs in his career. He was often overlooked in favor of Brett Favre and Steve Young but he usually got the best of them.


Aikman's quiet confidence steadied the Cowboys during their 90's championship run.

Aikman's quiet confidence steadied the Cowboys during their 90's championship run.

Aikman is one of the best big-game QB's the league has seen.

Aikman is one of the best big-game QB's the league has seen.

3. Joe Montana

Joe cool never lost a Super Bowl. He was always cool under pressure. If the game was on the line, you felt confident Montana was going to win it. Montana is often thought of as the greatest QB of all time, or at least he was before Tom Brady started racking up Super Bowls. Montana's 49ers dominated the ’80s winning 4 Super Bowls on the way to the Hall of Fame.

Joe Montana won 2 MVPs and 3 Super Bowl MVPs. He passed for 40,551 yards and 273 TDs.




Joe Montana is the boogieman to Bengals fans beating them twice in the Super Bowl.

Joe Montana is the boogieman to Bengals fans beating them twice in the Super Bowl.

Bill Walsh and Montana together won 3 Super Bowls.  Montana won another with Walsh's replacement George Seifert.

Bill Walsh and Montana together won 3 Super Bowls. Montana won another with Walsh's replacement George Seifert.

2. John Elway

Elway was one of the most coveted draft picks in NFL history. He had his share of ups and downs but when he figured it out, his talent was off the charts. He had a cannon for an arm and could break defenses down by getting outside of the pocket. He was plagued with not winning the big one early in his career after losing 3 Super Bowls. He finished his Hall of Fame career winning back-to-back Super Bowls and riding off into retirement. He has also won a Super Bowl with the Broncos in the front office.

Elway has won the MVP and Super Bowl MVP trophies once. He passed for 51,475 yards and 300 TDs.


Elway is the reason the Browns haven't won a Super Bowl.  He beat them 3 times in the AFC championship game.

Elway is the reason the Browns haven't won a Super Bowl. He beat them 3 times in the AFC championship game.

Elway left it all on the field to win his first Super Bowl.

Elway left it all on the field to win his first Super Bowl.

1. Tom Brady

Greatest QB of all time. He's making it impossible to pass him. 7 Super Bowl rings speak for themselves people. He's at or near the top of all the passing records. 10 overall Super Bowl appearances. Every year he has a shot at winning it all.

Brady has won 3 MVPs and 5 Super Bowl MVPs. He has passed for the most yards in league history with 86,462 yards and the most TDs with 632.


The truth doesn't lie.  No QB has won more than Brady.

The truth doesn't lie. No QB has won more than Brady.

It's impossible to leave Brady off the Mount Rushmore of QBs.

It's impossible to leave Brady off the Mount Rushmore of QBs.

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