The NFL’s Top 10 Quarterbacks of All Time

There’s nothing sports fans enjoy more than debating with one another. With the NFL being the most popular sport in America, some of the most common debates are about the league’s greatest quarterbacks, both currently and all time. So let’s get into the fun, with a look at the top 10 quarterbacks currently in the league and the top 10 quarterbacks of all time.

Who are the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL?

PFF ranks the 32 quarterbacks expected to start this season. Here’s our top 10:

  1. Patrick Mahomes, in his first three full seasons, has a 50-touchdown season, an NFL MVP award, and a Super Bowl ring. How can he not be ranked at the top of the list?
  2. Tom Brady may enter the 2021 season as a 44-year-old, but he’s coming off his seventh Super Bowl victory. With all of his targets returning to the Buccaneers, you have to rank the reigning champ highly on the list.
  3. Russell Wilson was an MVP favorite last season, but a subpar offensive line hurt him as he suffered the most sacks in the second half of the season. If he gets more help from his teammates, the Super Bowl champ should get MVP consideration again this season.
  4. Aaron Rodgers looks to be staying in Green Bay for at least one more season. Coming off a 48-touchdown season, the 37-year-old is still a top quarterback.
  5. Dak Prescott was on pace for a career year before suffering a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5 last season. At 28, he’s just entering the prime of his career and should be among the best quarterbacks in 2021.
  6. Josh Allen saw massive improvement last season as the Bills look to be an up-and-coming team. He can get it done on the ground, in addition to his passing, and is among the NFL’s best young quarterbacks.
  7. Lamar Jackson is a dynamic playmaker who was the league’s MVP two years ago. After a down year in 2020, he should see a bump in production this season to return to his elite ways.
  8. Baker Mayfield has helped lead the Browns to a resurgence the franchise hasn’t seen in a while. He has strong offensive weapons around him and an O-line that ranks high in pass blocking. Look for a strong campaign from Mayfield.
  9. Matthew Stafford gets an offensive-minded coach in his first season with the Rams. He can throw deep passes, which Sean McVay likes. If Stafford can gel with his new teammates, he could have his best season in some time.
  10. Justin Herbert set the rookie touchdown record last season. With more experience, he should only improve this year. This may be a surprising pick, but look for Herbert to be a top-10 guy in 2021.

Who are the top 10 quarterbacks of all time?

Dan Marino, Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Roger Staubach, Brett Favre, and John Elway of the NFL 100 All-Time Team are honored on the field prior to Super Bowl LIV
Several of the NFL’s top quarterbacks of all time — Dan Marino, Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Roger Staubach, Brett Favre, and John Elway — are honored as part of the NFL 100 All-Time Team | Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Ranking the top 10 passers of all time is a tougher task. Pro Football Network did it, and so will we:

  1. Brady has seven rings. End of debate.
  2. Joe Montana has four Super Bowl titles, and never lost in the Big Game. His postseason numbers are as good as just about anyone not named Brady. Hard to put him lower than No. 2.
  3. Peyton Manning didn’t have the postseason success like Brady, but his overall numbers are good enough to earn him No. 3.
  4. Dan Marino never won a Super Bowl. But you can’t hold that against the Hall of Famer who was the 1984 MVP, when he became the first quarterback to throw for 5,000 yards in a season.
  5. Brett Favre was so good at throwing the ball deep that the term gunslinger could’ve been invented to describe him. The Green Bay legend only won one Super Bowl but was a three-time MVP.
  6. Roger Staubach only played eight full seasons in the NFL but made four Super Bowls, winning twice. He was the face of America’s Team in the ’70s and one of the greatest quarterbacks in history.
  7. Johnny Unitas is considered the first modern NFL quarterback. He played much of his career before the Super Bowl era. So he only won one Super Bowl, but he also earned three NFL Championships and three MVPs.
  8. Otto Graham played in the 1940s and ’50s and was the most prolific passer of his generation. The three-time NFL champ may be largely forgotten because he played so long ago. But he’s among the best.
  9. Drew Brees is one of the most prolific and accurate quarterbacks in league history. The just-retired passer has a record five 5,000-yard seasons — no one else has more than one — and a Super Bowl title on his resume.
  10. Rodgers may move up the list if he earns a second ring before retiring. But his career numbers to date, including there MVPs, put him in the top 10 regardless of what he does from this point on.

Who is the richest QB of all time?

When you discuss the richest quarterback of all time, you know it’ll be a current NFL player because of modern salaries. And it’s not surprising that it’s the guy who ranks No. 1 on our all-time list. Celebrity Net Worth estimates Brady’s net worth at $250 million, including the money he’s made in the NFL, endorsements, and other business ventures.

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