By the title here, you should understand the list does not include guys like Tom Brady or Brett Favre.
There have been a great number of good quarterbacks throughout the history of the NFL, but just over a handful of elite quarterbacks to step foot on the field and be the main guy the defense wants to put out of the game.
Each one of these quarterbacks had some of the greatest attributes one can have. Toughness, (mental/physical) durability, and vision are some of the keys to a successful career in the NFL.
You want someone exceptionally durable, physical, aggressive, and mentally strong. When the quarterback makes that bad play, he needs to be able to forget about it.
He needs to be a leader on and off the field. He needs to have the ability to take control and needs to put in the extra time.
All of these quarterbacks are perfectionists.
A quarterback who possesses the ability to score points in vital situations is, at the end of the day, more valuable than one with good statistics who cannot lead his team to victory.
The ability to see the field is so under-appreciated and nonetheless so vital. A guy with great vision can see an open route out of the corner of his eye and turn an incomplete pass or short gain into a touchdown.
Only the very best deserve a spot in the top 10 of all time. Here are my picks of the greatest quarterbacks that deserve that accolade.