It was a beautiful scene for New Orleans faithful, not all that long ago: The Saints, formerly the 'Aints, finally lifted the Vince Lombardi Trophy and were Super Bowl champions at the end of last season. Long years of suffering had ended, and what a celebration it was. Those people who were fortunate enough to make it down to "Lombardi Gras," as it was known, witnessed a celebration unlike any other.
Arguably the biggest reason for the success of the Saints organization for the last few years had been the play of quarterback Drew Brees, who vaulted himself into the discussion of "greatest QB in the NFL" with the big win and removed himself from the Dan Marino-led list of men who played the position and did it well but never won an NFL title.
The rings that are now worn by members of that Saints team make it difficult to argue that any other team was better than it was last year. It is also difficult to argue that Drew Brees wasn't the best QB in the league...last year.
But a tall task—an almost impossible task, even—is ranking quarterbacks across time.
I have ranked the top 100 quarterbacks in NFL history, and because I'm writing the article, I get the privilege of unilaterally deciding who was better than who. My opinions are not scientific, and while I have done a fair amount of research in putting this list together, I am 100 percent sure that no one else on this planet would have exactly the same list as me—chiefly because not everyone will use my criteria.
Keep in mind that the only active players who rank highly on the countdown have enjoyed long and accomplished careers. I'm not averse to putting "young guns" on the list, but I won't jump Joe Flacco to No. 45 just because I'm a Ravens fan and think/hope/pray he will have a great career.
As a general rule, things I value most on a player's resume are clutch plays and championships. I can appreciate a guy who lights up the stat sheet, but as a general rule, I tend to say, "So, if he was really that good, why didn't he win?"
It might not be fair, and I'm not going to pretend that there's no bias at all in this article. But if you don't like my list, there are always spaces to comment and "write" buttons.