Super Bowl XLVI: Top 10 Super Bowl Quarterbacks of All-Time
Super Bowl history starts and finishes with the play of one position: quarterback.
Collectively, they are the one's who have elevated their teams to unforgettable victories or disappointing defeats.
In the first 45 Super Bowls, quarterbacks have been named MVP 24 times.
Running backs have been named MVP the second most number of times: seven.
Here is a quick look at the top 10 all-time Super Bowl quarterbacks.
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Bob Griese, Miami Dolphins
Bob Griese led the Miami Dolphins to three consecutive Super Bowl appearances and to two consecutive Super Bowl championships: VII (1973) and VIII (1974).
The Hall of Famer is the only Dolphins quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl.
In his three Super Bowls, Griese completed 63.4 percent of his passes (ranked No. 6).
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
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He is the youngest quarterback (23 years old) to win a Super Bowl.
Big Ben has completed 55 passes (No. 9) and passed for 642 yards (No. 9) in his three Super Bowl starts.
Jim Plunkett, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
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Jim Plunkett led the Raiders to two Super Bowl championships: XV (1981) and XVIII (1984). He was named as MVP for his stellar play at XV, where he was 16-of-21 for 261 yards and three TDs.
Plunkett currently has the No. 2 passer rating (122.38) and No. 3 in yards per pass (9.41).
John Elway, Denver Broncos
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Elway led the Denver Broncos to two Super Bowl championships: XXXII (1998) and XXXIII (1999) and he was named as the Super Bowl MVP at XXXIII.
The first-ballot Hall of Famer attempted 152 passes (ranked No. 2) and completed 76 (No. 5).
He is also the passes intercepted leader with eight.
Elway racked up 1,128 passing yards (currently No. 3).
Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys
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Roger Staubach led the Dallas Cowboys to four Super Bowls and two Super Bowl championships: VI (1972) and XII (1978). He was named the Super Bowl MVP of XII.
Roger the Dodger had an all-time Super Bowl passer rating of 96.33 (No. 7), attempting 97 passes (No. 6) and completing 61 (No. 6).
The first-ballot Hall of Famer is currently eighth in Super Bowl completion percentage with 62.89 percent.
Bart Starr, Green Bay Packers
Bart Starr led the Green Bay Packers to the first two Super Bowl championships (in 1967 and 1968) and was named as the game's MVP in both.
Starr is No. 5 in all-time Super Bowl passer rating (105.98) and he has the second-highest yards per pass average (9.62).
Before the first Super Bowl was played, the first-ballot Hall of Famer also led the Packers to three NFL championships (1961, 1962 and 1965).
Troy Aikmen, Dallas Cowboys
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Troy Aikman led the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl championships: XXVII (1994), XXVIII (1995) and XXIII (2001)—and was named the MVP in Super Bowl XXVII.
Aikman is the all-time Super Bowl completion percentage leader (70 percent) and No. 4 in career passer rating with 111.93.
Over his three Super Bowls, the first ballot Hall of Famer is tied for seventh (with Peyton Manning) with 56 pass completions and is currently eighth in terms of passing yards with 689.
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Before today's game, Tom Brady has already led the New England Patriots to four Super Bowls and three Super Bowl championships: XXXVI (2002), XXXVIII (2004) and XXXIX (2005). He was named the MVP in both Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII.
With today's start, Brady will tie John Elway for the most Super Bowl starts with five.
Brady is the all-time pass attempts leader with 155 and the completions leader with 100.
The Michigan grad is currently No. 4 in passing yards with 1,001, but he only needs to throw for 156 yards today to surpass Kurt Warner, the current leader.
He is currently No. 4 in completion percentage with 64.52 percent.
Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh Steelers
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Terry Bradshaw led the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowls and four Super Bowl championships: IX (1975), X (1976), XIII (1979) and XIV (1980). Bradshaw was named the MVP for Super Bowl XIII and XIV.
The first-ballot Hall of Famer is currently the Super Bowl yards per pass leader with 11.1 YPP and second in passing TDs with nine.
He is third in Super Bowl passer rating with 112.8.
Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers
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Joe Montana is the all-time best Super Bowl quarterback.
He led the 49ers to four Super Bowl victories (XVI, XIX, XXIII and XXIV) in four games.
Montana was selected as the Super Bowl MVP in three of those games.
The Notre Dame grad is the passer rating leader (127.83) and passing TDs leader (11).
The first-ballot Hall of Famer is No. 2 in completed passes (83) and completion percentage (68.3 percent).