Peyton Manning, Michael Vick & More: 6 Degrees of Separation: NFL QB's Edition

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Peyton Manning, Michael Vick & More: 6 Degrees of Separation: NFL QB's Edition
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There are six degrees of separation, so to speak, among NFL quarterbacks. These are traits that can be used to help rate a quarterback. They are as follows:

  1. Accuracy
  2. Football Intelligence
  3. Grace Under Pressure
  4. Pocket Presence
  5. Arm Strength
  6. Arm Talent

Football is a complete team game and nothing can be accomplished on the field without a little teamwork. For that reason, a quarterback should not be judged based solely on statistics, as it takes a person catching the ball, or Super Bowls, and that takes a whole team to win.

Therefore, a quarterback such as Archie Manning, who was on a truly horrible New Orleans Saints team, can be successful despite the team around him.

A quarterback must excel in a combination of the traits mentioned above to be successful in the NFL. Although a prospect akin to JaMarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf can rise through the levels of competition based purely on his distinction in one or two of these attributes, a proficiency of at least three qualities is required to be a successful quarterback in the NFL.

To be considered an all-time great, a quarterback must master almost all of them.

These are the top quarterbacks who possess the greatest of each trait:

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