The quarterback position can give a player all of the fame or all of the blame. They are the tip of the iceberg of the team. The quarterback is the face of the team which can be a good thing or a bad thing. Not only that, but if someone is a good quarterback, they are always compared to another quarterback on another team — prompting debate on who is the best. Here is my list of the top five greatest quarterbacks of all time.
1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (2000-Present)
I will acknowledge the elephant in the room: if you are not a Patriots fan you probably detest Tom with a passion. This man is not only considered by many to be devilishly handsome he is also devilishly good at football! Six rings and still going, Tom Brady has shown to the world that age does not affect some people. Some might even say that he is in his prime at his current age of 42! This is unheard of. But there is just some undeniable factor, even for non-patriots fans, to elevate Tom Brady above all other quarterbacks to step on the field…
2. John Elway: Denver Broncos (1983-1999)
I think that John Elway should be nicknamed “His Clutch-ness” because he was so good for his whole career. Unlike the perception of most people, John Elway was good before the end of his time playing for the Broncos. Before he finally won the two consecutive Super Bowls at the end, he had already appeared in two others. I think that because he had Shannon Sharpe, Terrell Davis, and Rod Smith, his team could finally get over that steep climb to victory. A player can only do so much, even as good as John and similar to LeBron James in the 2018 NBA Finals — where he scored 51 points in game 1 and they still lost! If you are still wondering why I have John Elway at #2 look up “The Drive” on YouTube and your will see what I mean. There were plenty of other times that Elway was super clutch, but this time really was the icing on the cake.
I really like what Tim Allen said in his TV show, Last Man Standing:”See, if John Elway had just one receiver like Jerry Rice, we would have 5 super bowl rings!”
3. Joe Montana: San Francisco 49ers (1979-1992); Kansas City Chiefs (1993-1994)
Joe Montana was another close one to being considered the G.O.A.T. “Joel Cool” was a pretty fun quarterback to watch — or even be a teammate to. When his team was down 16-13 with 3:10 left in Super Bowl XXIII, he turned to his teammates and pointed at the stands saying, “Is that John Candy?” Little did they know this distraction would help ease up some serious tension and they ended up winning the game! Joe knew what his teammates needed and tried to supplement it. He was a great quarterback, but an even better teammate — which is probably why so many consider him to be one of the best.
4. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts (1998-2011); Denver Broncos (2012-2015)
“The Sheriff” is hard to brush over in the conversation for the best quarterbacks. I think that if he hadn’t got injured so badly while he was on the Colts, he could have had the opportunity to become the greatest quarterback of all time. You could tell that by the end of his career, that his body was beginning to get stiffer and more vulnerable. Despite all of that, he still managed to win 2/4 Super Bowls with both the Colts and the Broncos. I would also argue that he did not have any other crazy good offensive weapons on the same team while he played. Peyton Manning will forever be remembered as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and also questioned about whether or not his career reached his highest potential because of his injury…
5. Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh Steelers (1970-1983)
Terry, Terry, Terry… the quarterback who won four super bowls in six years! The seventies were the years for Steelers football. He is one of the only players to have won two league MVP awards in consecutive years, tied only with the legendary Packers quarterback Bart Starr. Bradshaw is just as much of an intelligent quarterback as he was athletic and skilled. He will most certainly be remembered as one of the greats of the game for sure…
Quarterbacks are made for good moments of a team and bad moments as well. They are the face of the franchise and help drive ticket sales as well as drive the ball. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that every position plays an integral part to wining a game… but the quarterback is the glue that holds the team together.
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