No player in professional sports has more impact on the success of their team as an NFL quarterback. An all-time great quarterback can take an average team and instantly turn them into Super Bowl contenders. The importance of the position is why it is so fun to compare and rank quarterbacks from different eras. These are the four best quarterbacks in NFL history.
Tom Brady has unquestionably earned his spot as the best quarterback in NFL history. His six Super Bowl titles are easily the most for any player in the sport, and he has a chance to add another title to his mantle at Super Bowl 55. In addition to the postseason greatness, Brady also dominated the regular season. He currently ranks first in all-time passing touchdowns and second in passing yards.
The only quarterback that come close to the greatness of Tom Brady is Joe Montana. The former San Francisco 49er led his team to four Super Bowl victories during his lengthy career. He likely would have added another title to his name if he did not get hurt in the 1990 NFC Championship game. Montana is also one of only three quarterbacks with a perfect record in the Super Bowl with at least three appearances.
Peyton Manning is one of only seven quarterbacks in NFL history to appear in at least four Super Bowls. While everyone else did this with one team, Peyton managed to do it with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos. This makes him the only QB in NFL history to win a Super Bowl with two different franchises. Manning also retired from the league as the all-time leader in passing touchdowns and passing yards. He has since been passed by Drew Brees and Tom Brady on both lists.
While quarterback success in the NFL is usually defined by Super Bowl victories, it is hard to deny the greatness of Dan Marino. Despite playing in an era that rarely saw quarterbacks throwing the ball deep down the field, Marino ranks sixth on the all-time passing yards and touchdown list. Marino’s skills rival all of his peers. He just did not have the roster around him in Miami to make a Super Bowl.