Ranking the Top 10 Quarterbacks in the NFL Today

Evan HigginsCorrespondent IIAugust 10, 2011

Ranking the Top 10 Quarterbacks in the NFL Today

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    It is a quarterback-driven league, led by future Hall of Fame quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady

    With so many elite quarterbacks in the league today, this may be the most difficult of the series. I'm expecting lots of feedback and arguments, and while I can't argue with their being more than ten great quarterbacks in the league today, this is my own opinion, and I'd love to hear yours.

10. Eli Manning, New York Giants

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    2010 Statistics: 4,002 yards, 31 touchdowns and 25 interceptions

    If Eli's last name were Smith, would he still be among the top quarterbacks in the league? 

    No matter what Manning does through his career, he will always be able to get away with more because, well, he's a Manning. 

    However, he has won a Super Bowl, which puts him over the top to be a top 10 quarterback.

9. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

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    2010 Statistics: 1,605 yards, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions (ended season on I.R.)

    When you think Tony Romo, whats the first memory that pops in your head? Odds are, it's probably Jessica Simpson, Carrie Underwood or his famous bobbled snap in the playoffs that cost Dallas' their season.

    Romo will forever be a hated man, however, you can't doubt his skills as an NFL quarterback. 

8. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

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    2010 Statistics: 3,705 yards, 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions

    When the Atlanta Falcons selected Matt Ryan third overall in the 2008 NFL Draft, he was being asked to do much more then take over as the starting quarterback.

    Ryan was brought in to help fix this franchise that was at it's lowest point after the Michael Vick incident. He did much more then that, helping to get this Atlanta Falcons' to a possible Super Bowl favorite. 

7. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    2010 Statistics: 3,200 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions

    No matter how much you hate Ben Roethlisberger, you gotta give this man some credit. Two Super Bowl rings in three Super Bowl appearances in just seven seasons is incredible.

    Roethlisberger isn't the prettiest quarterback in the league, nor will he put up big numbers each Sunday. But he's a winner, and that's why he's number seven on this list. 

6. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles

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    2010 Statistics: 3,018 yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions

    Another successful quarterback in the league that's hated by the fans; seems to be a trend doesn't it?

    However, the skills Michael Vick has is unlike anything the NFL has ever seen before.  

5. Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

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    2010 Statistics: 4,710 yards, 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions

    Phillip Rivers could easily be the best quarterback in the league.

    However, success in the postseason has held back the 29 year-old quarterback. Rivers has all the qualities of an elite quarterback, which puts him atop the best in the league. 

4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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    2010 Statistics: 3,922 yards, 28 touchdowns and 11 interceptions

    Once labeled as "Brett Favre's backup," Aaron Rodgers has a Super Bowl ring in just his third season since taking over for Brett Favre in 2008.

    Some have even said that Rodgers may be "better then Favre," which I would have a hard time arguing with. The Green Bay Packers may see a couple more Super Bowl wins in their future before Rodgers hangs up the cleats.

3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

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    2010 Statistics: 4,620 yards, 33 touchdowns and 22 interceptions

    You know you're a good quarterback when you throw 33 touchdowns, make it to the playoffs and still be considered an "off year" for you.

    The Saints brought in Brees in 2006 after hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans, hoping he would bring a sense of hope to a city that was fresh out of it.

    There is no doubting the skill set Brees brings to this team, however, he has done much for for the Saints and the whole state of New Orleans. He became the face of a franchise that seemed like the only good thing happening in New Orleans, even winning a Super Bowl in 2009. 

2. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

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    2010 Statistics: 4,700 yards, 33 touchdowns and 17 interceptions

    Future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Peyton Manning is slowly beginning the down-side of his career, however, he is still undoubtedly one of the top quarterbacks in the league, and will be until he retires.

    The 11-time Pro Bowl quarterback took his team to the Super Bowl twice, coming out with a win against the Bears in 2006.

1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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    2010 Statistics: 3,900 yards, 36 touchdowns and 14 interceptions

    With Peyton Manning on the downside of his career, quarterback Tom Brady is finally handed the torch as the league's top quarterback.

    The 2010 NFL MVP, Brady could quite possibly have the best story in the history of successful NFL players drafted late in the draft, after being passed on 198 times in the 2000 NFL Draft.

    The six-time Pro Bowler has gone on to win three Super Bowl's with New England, winning awards like Sportman of the Year in 2005 and AP Male Athlete of the Year in 2007.