Peyton Manning And The 10 Greatest Quarterbacks Of All Time

Peyton Manning's Place Among The 10 Greatest Quarterbacks Of All Time

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Despite being dominated in Super Bowl 48 by the Seattle Seahawks, Peyton Manning had a historic season in 2013. Manning threw for over 5,477 yards and a mind-boggling 55 touchdowns. With Manning now entering his 17th season in the NFL, where does he currently rank among the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history?

10. Bart Starr, Green Bay Packers, 1956-1971

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10. Bart Starr, Green Bay Packers, 1956-1971

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Bart Starr is mostly overlooked because of the talent that surrounded him, but he was one of the greatest clutch quarterbacks in NFL history. Starr won five titles, including the first two Super Bowls, and the Super Bowl MVP Award in both games. With Starr under center, the Packers went 9-1 in the postseason with Starr throwing for 15 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

9. Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh Steelers, 1970-1983

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9. Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh Steelers, 1970-1983

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Terry Bradshaw won four Super Bowls, yet some will say that he only won because of the "Steel Curtain" defense. To the contrary, Bradshaw won Super Bowl 10 by throwing a game-clinching TD after sustaining a concussion. In 1978 and 1979, the Steelers don't win it all without Bradshaw, who earned MVP honors and threw for more than 300 yards in both games. It also helps that he's one of just two quarterbacks to have four Super Bowl wins.

8. Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys, 1969-1979

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8. Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys, 1969-1979

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Roger Staubach still had a great career despite losing his first four years in the NFL to the Naval Academy. He didn't become a starting quarterback until the age of 29, but Staubach made up for it by leading the NFC in passer rating six times, winning two Super Bowls and retired with the best career passer rating in NFL history. Staubach also had 15 fourth quarter comebacks and 23 game-winning drives as the quarterback of America's team.

7. Brett Favre, Atlanta Falcons, 1991; Green Bay Packers, 1992-2007; New York Jets, 2008; Minnesota Vikings, 2009-2010

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7. Brett Favre, Atlanta Falcons, 1991; Green Bay Packers, 1992-2007; New York Jets, 2008; Minnesota Vikings, 2009-2010

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Some people may be sick of Brett Favre and all of the flip-flopping that occurred towards the end of his career, but you can't deny the fact that he was a great quarterback. As a Packer, Favre was one of the best players in the NFL for a majority of 15 seasons. His Iron Man streak also began in Green Bay as he started 253 of a possible 255 games. In Minnesota, his 2009 season with the Vikings was arguably the best season of his career at age 40.

6. John Elway

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6. John Elway

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John Elway has the third-most comebacks in league history and started for five Super Bowl teams with the Denver Broncos. He was able to get Denver to three Super Bowls in the 80's without a good supporting cast around him. In the late 90's, Elway won back-to-back titles in Super Bowls 32 and 33, winning the MVP Award in 33. His "Drive" to beat Cleveland in the 1986 AFC Championship will be remembered forever.

5. Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins, 1983-1999

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5. Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins, 1983-1999

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Dan Marino broke every passing record in the book, and while he never won a Super Bowl, he was still a great quarterback. Without a good running game and a great defense, Marino single-handedly carried the Dolphins to Super Bowl 19 and two more AFC Championship games. Marino's 1984 season might be the best season by a quarterback ever. He had 5,084 passing yards and 48 touchdowns, more than two decades before the NFL opened up the passing game.

4. Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts, 1956-1972; San Diego Chargers, 1973

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4. Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts, 1956-1972; San Diego Chargers, 1973

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Johnny Unitas won three championships for the Baltimore Colts, including the franchise's first Super Bowl in 1970. In addition, he was a three-time NFL MVP, and for 52 seasons, held the record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass in an era where passing the ball was not what it is today. It also helps to have engineered the drives to tie and win the 1958 NFL Championship and the "greatest game ever played".

3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots, 2000-present

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3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots, 2000-present

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Just a few years ago, Tom Brady was a lock to become the greatest quarterback ever. But in recent years, Brady's legacy has taken a big hit. As a starter, Brady has had zero losing season. Brady threw for 50 touchdown passes in 2007, a then-record, going 16-0 in the conference. After going 3-0 in the Super Bowl, Brady has since been 0 for 2, losing twice to Eli Manning and the New York Giants.

2. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts, 1998-2011; Denver Broncos, 2012-present

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2. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts, 1998-2011; Denver Broncos, 2012-present

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Let the debate begin about who is better between Brady and Manning, but I am going with Manning. Throughout his career, Manning has had to overcome an inferior defense compared to New England's, and hasn't had a coach like Bill Belichick with him throughout his career. On the field, Manning has won five MVP awards, and held the single-season passing touchdown record twice. Manning also has taken two different teams to the Super Bowl.

1. Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers, 1979-1990, 1992; Kansas City Chiefs, 1993-1994

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1. Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers, 1979-1990, 1992; Kansas City Chiefs, 1993-1994

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Joe Montana is the greatest quarterback in Super Bowl history. He has the numbers, throwing for more than 40,000 yards and being named to eight Pro Bowls. He also won three Super Bowl MVP awards, and in another Super Bowl, he threw the game-winning touchdown pass. His postseason record was 16-7, including 4-0 in Super Bowls, with 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions.


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