Since the beginning of the new millennium, the NFL has seen its share of great quarterbacks. But stats and rings mean none unless your quarterback can truly win it when the game is on the line and the clock is ticking. Will Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Tom Brady be number 1?
While Drew Brees is now considered to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, think back to his time on the San Diego Chargers. In San Diego, Drew was considered to be a washed up aging quarterback with "nothing left in his tank." Boy how the story changed. His final year on the Chargers threw 24 touchdown passes and since then, that number has been increasing each year. He may not be the best "clutch" player in the league, but any NFL fan wouldn't mind having him behind center during the fourth quarter.
Kurt Warner appears on this list for the same reasons Drew Brees does. Does anybody remember before Kurt Warner was the star of the Arizona Cardinals? It seemed that nobody was willing to give #13 another chance. But once Kurt was given the starting nod, it appeared that he found his touch once again. Kurt would lead the once laughing stock of the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals, to the SuperBowl where they came extremely close to knocking off the powerhouse Pittsburgh Steelers. Love him or hate him, Kurt Warner has one of the most storied careers in the NFL.
"Big Ben" is one of the most recognizable quarterbacks in the entire National Football League. With his ability to keep cool under pressure and deliver a rocket propelled pass, our #3 has made his impact known with two SuperBowl titles. Although off field activities may have tarnished his public image, "Big Ben" is one of the most cool and collected quarterbacks in the NFL.
Peyton Manning is our #2 most clutch quarterback since the beginning of the new millennium. Although he only has one ring to show for his name, Peyton Manning will go down as one of the most productive, efficient, explosive, and charismatic players to ever throw a pass in the National Football League. While some exclaim that Peyton Manning may have only been as good as his receivers, there is no doubt in anyone's mind that he is one of the greatest players in the history of the NFL and first ballot hall of fame player.
Love him or hate him, Tom Brady has been the #1 clutch quarterback in the National Football League since 2000. For those of you who were to young or were not fans of the NFL when Tom Brady got his first start, let us remind you of his story. If you were to go around Foxborough and ask Patriot fans who their favorite player was, odds are it was the one time Patriots starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe. After an 0 and 2 start, Drew Bledsoe was sidelined with a severe injury and their recent late round draft pick that no one seemed to give a chance was there to fill his shoes, Tom Brady. Brady went on to win 11 games that year and lead the New England Patriots to their first SuperBowl title win in team history. And before you knew it, the Patriots, who were at one time the worst team in the NFL, would win three SuperBowls in four years. Two of those SuperBowls the Patriots would win thanks to Tom Brady's miracle drives during the fourth quarter.