NFL Quarterback Power Rankings: The Top 10 Best of All-Time (VOTE)

Jeff Shull@Jeff_ShullAnalyst IMarch 6, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts passes against the New Orleans Saints during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Many followers of the NFL speculate that Peyton Manning will eventually sit atop the list as the greatest quarterback to ever play the game of football.

It's a bit premature; I feel like he still needs two or three more rings in order to cement his name above all others. He is certainly warranted in the discussion, but there is still a debate as to whether he is even the best of his generation, let alone of all time.

This article is strictly to draw the attention of all NFL fans across Bleacher Report and ask your opinion. Who is the best?

Below is a list of 20 QBs with stat, accolades, and a brief description of the player. Use this template as a way of deciding if you haven't already made your selection.

After significant time has passed (probably two weeks), I will tally the votes and create a slideshow featuring the top 10 quarterbacks of all time as selected by the Bleacher Report Community.

Unfortunately, I can only place 10 of the players in the vote, so if your favorite is not listed, then comment below to cast your vote for that player.

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All of the QBs mentioned are either in the Hall of Fame or are headed to Canton when their careers come to a close.

Brett Favre (ATL, GB, NYJ, MIN) 1991-Present

Stats—69329 yards, 497 TDs, 317 INTs, 86.6 rat

Accolades—11-time Pro Bowler, three-time First Team All-Pro, Super Bowl win, three-time NFL MVP

You think that 500 career TD mark isn't teasing him into playing next year? Favre is No. 1 on just about every relevant career statistic, and his ability to stay on the field so long may prevent Peyton Manning from ever catching his numbers.

Favre remains the only person to win the NFL MVP three consecutive times, and he holds the record for Pro Bowls as a QB. This mark will be passed by Peyton at some point, unless Favre plays until he is 50.

Favre would be the first to tell you he wishes he could have won more Super Bowls and that the career numbers aren't as important, but they sure do look nice.

Peyton Manning (IND) 1998-Present

Stats—50128 yards, 366 TDs, 181 INTs, 95.2 rat

Accolades—10-time Pro Bowler, five-time First Team All-Pro, Super Bowl win, Super Bowl MVP, four-time NFL MVP

Peyton is still going; he is still in his prime and still has many years left to surpass everyone on this list in terms of records or winning.

To put in perspective how dominant he has been, consider these records: 10 seasons of 4000 yards or more, 12 consecutive seasons with 25 TD passes (still going), and while with the team, they have had six consecutive years with at least 12 wins. 

Manning will be the best statistically, but he may not be the best winner.  

Dan Marino (MIA) 1983-1999

Stats—61631 yards, 420 TDs, 252 INTs, 86.4 rat

Accolades—Nine-time Pro Bowler, three-time First Team All-Pro, 1984 NFL MVP

Marino held nearly every single career record in the book before Favre came along. His single season passing yard mark still stands (as well as his 13 400 yard games), but his TD mark set in 1984 has since been broken by Manning and Tom Brady.

He was never able to capture that elusive Super Bowl, but it could be argued that he never truly had enough talent around him to do so.

Fran Tarkenton (MIN, NYG) 1961-1978

Stats—47003 yards, 312 TDs, 266 INTs, 80.4 rating

Accolades—Nine-time Pro Bowler, one First Team All-Pro, 1975 NFL MVP

Had Fran been able to win a Super Bowl or two, he would be in everybody's top five. But as such, there is a debate as to whether or not he was just the Peyton Manning of his era, before Peyton won his ring, that is.

Fran was the first QB to throw for over 300 touchdowns in a career.

Steve Young (TB, SF) 1985-1999

Stats—33124 yards, 232 TDs, 107 INTs, 96.8 rat

Accolades—Seven-time Pro Bowler, three-time First Team All-Pro, three Super Bowl win [one as starter], Super Bowl MVP, 1992 NFL MVP

Steve Young shined as a backup and, when given the opportunity, was one of the best pure passers to ever play the game.

His QB rating is the highest ever, and he has posted over 100 QB rating in a single season six times, is tied for most seasons leading the league in passing, has the most consecutive passing titles, and holds the most rushing TDs by a QB with 43.

Just so you know, Young gets my vote. If he had the opportunity earlier in his career, his numbers would have been insane. (No, I'm not a 49ers fan.)

Joe Montana (SF, KC) 1979-1994

Stats—40551 yards, 273 TDs, 139 INTs, 92.3 rat

Accolades—Eight-time Pro Bowler, three-time First Team All Pro, four Super Bowl wins, two Super Bowl MVPs, two NFL MVPs

Montana is probably the most popular choice for best QB of all time due to the combination of winning and sheer passing ability. Bradshaw may have had the same number of rings, but he did not possess the skills that Montana did.

Alongside Bill Walsh, Montana was the engineer of the West Coast offense, a tactic that is still employed in the NFL today.

Terry Bradshaw (PIT) 1970-1983

Stats—27989 yards, 212 TDs, 210 INTs, 70.9 rating

Accolades—Three-time Pro Bowler, one First Team All-Pro, four Super Bowl wins, two Super Bowl MVPs, 1978 NFL MVP

Despite the lack of pure statistics to back up his case for the top 10, you can't count out the first of the only two QBs to win four Super Bowls.

Bradshaw was largely backed by the Steel Curtain defense, but to his credit he also had some masterful seasons, including 1978 when he won the MVP

Johnny Unitas (BAL [Colts], SD) 1956-1973

Stats—40239 yards, 290 TDs, 253 INTs, 78.2 rat

Accolades—10-time Pro Bowler, five-time First Team All-Pro, two NFL championships, one Super Bowl, three-time NFL MVP

With Johnny Unitas, the evolution of the QB position as we now know it was complete. The game evolved so much so that the pass was often considered a first option, rather than kept in the pocket of coaches.

Unitas was the first QB to reach the 40000 yard mark and nearly was the first to reach 300 passing tds, falling just 10 short.

Sporting News listed Unitas as the greatest QB of all time in a 2004 issue of the magazine.

Otto Graham (CLE) 1946-1955

Stats—23584 yards, 174 TDs, 135 INTs, 86.6 rat

Accolades—Five-time Pro Bowler, seven-time First Team All-Pro, seven NFL Championships in 10 appearances

Graham is best known for the changing of the quarterback position as we know it. If Sammy Baugh is the father of the forward pass, Graham is the prodigal son.

Graham is winning-est QB on this list, having led his team to 10 straight NFL championship games and winning seven of them.

Troy Aikman (DAL) 1989-2000

Stats—32942 yards, 165 TDs, 141 INTs, 81.6 rat

Accolades—Six-time Pro Bowler, three Super Bowl wins, one Super Bowl MVP

Troy Aikman had a rough start to his NFL career, but when Jerry Jones got enough talent around him, Aikman thrived.

Along side a ferocious running attack and a stout defense, the Cowboys established a dynasty with three Super Bowls in four years.

Had Jimmy Johnson not been fired, who knows how much longer their reign would have lasted.

John Elway (DEN) 1983-1998

Stats—51475 yards, 300 TDs, 226 INTs, 79.9 rat

Accolades—Nine-time Pro Bowler, two Super Bowl wins, Super Bowl MVP, 1987 NFL MVP

Elway may have been overshadowed by Joe Montana or Dan Marino, but he stands above the rest when it comes to clutch play. Elway still has the record for most fourth quarter comeback victories in a career, a number that is slowly being approached by Tom Brady and Manning.

Elway defined what it means to go out on top, winning back-to-back Super Bowls before his retirement in 1999.

Jim Kelly (BUF) 1986-1996

Stats—35467 yards, 237 TDs, 175 INTs, 84.4 rat

Accolades—Five-time Pro Bowler, one First Team All-Pro

Jim Kelly has to have a hard time ever thinking about his time in the NFL. While his Bills were always very successful, they are most remembered for losing four straight Super Bowls.

Although they did not win any of them, it is still recognized as an incredible accomplishment to make four Super Bowls, let alone four straight

Roger Staubach (DAL) 1969-1979

Stats—22700 yards, 153 TDs, 109 INTs, 83.4 rat

Accolades—Six-Time Pro-Bowler, two Super Bowl wins, one Super Bowl MVP

Staubach quarterbacked the Cowboys during their first glory years, when they competed with the Steelers in the 70s for best team of the decade.

Staubach and Tom Landry remain one of the best Coach-QB tandems in NFL history. Oh, he also served in the Navy during Vietnam.

Bart Starr (GB) 1956-1971

Stats—24718 yards, 152 TDs, 138 INTs, 80.5 rat

Accolades—Four-time Pro Bowler, one First Team All Pro, two Super Bowl wins, Two Super Bowl MVPs, three NFL Championships

Bart Starr is known as the first of the great Packers quarterbacks. Captain of Vince Lombardi's teams, Starr was a flat out winner, having a career win percentage of 60.

The MVP of the first two Super Bowls, Starr set the stage for clutch Super Bowl performances.

Tom Brady (NE) 2000-present

Stats—30844 yards, 225 TDs, 99 INTs, 93.3 rat

Accolades—Five-time Pro Bowler, one First-Team All Pro, two Super Bowl MVPs, three Super Bowl wins, 2007 NFL MVP

Brady or Manning? That has been the debate for the past five years. Brady is quickly becoming known as one of the most clutch QBs of all time, if he isn't already considered that.

Had they been able to complete the perfect season in 2007, he may be the No. 1 choice already. Brady set the record for most touchdown passes in a single season at 50 in 2007, but failed to come through in the Super Bowl.

Len Dawson (PIT, CLE, KC) 1957-1975

Stats—28711 yards, 239 TDs, 183 INTs, 82,6 rat

Accolades—Seven-time Pro Bowler, two-time First Team All-Pro, Super Bowl IV MVP, Super Bowl win, 1968 AFL MVP

Len Dawson is widely regarded as the best AFL quarterback ever. Considering the leagues merged in 1970 and the AFL is no longer known as such, you'd have a hard time arguing against that.

His best accomplishment has to be upsetting the Purple People Eaters (Minnesota Vikings) defense in Super Bowl IV at a time when the AFL was supposed to be vastly inferior to the NFL.

Bob Griese (MIA) 1967-1980

Stats—25092 yards, 192 TDs, 172 INTs, 77.1 rat

Accolades—Eight-time Pro Bowler, two-time First Team All-Pro, two Super Bowls wins

Griese is most famous for being the QB on the only undefeated team in NFL history. The 1972 Dolphins accomplished that feat, despite Griese not getting one of his eight pro-bowls that year.

Not known for his incredible passing ability, Griese was still able to be the field general and leader that every Super Bowl winning team needs.

Dan Fouts (SD) 1973-1987

Stats—43040 yards, 254 TDs, 242 INTs, 80.2 rat

Accolades—Six-time Pro Bowler, two-time First Team All-Pro

Dan Fouts led the Chargers offense for 15 seasons, most notably setting the record for passing yards in a season only to have it broke by Dan Marino. His 1981 season still sits high on the list of best seasons by a QB of all time.

Unfortunately, Fouts never made it past the AFC Championship game, and was forced to retired without a Super Bowl ring.

Warren Moon (HOU, MIN, SEA, KC) 1984-2000

Stats—49325 yards, 291 TDs, 233 INTs, 80.9 rat

Accolades—Nine-time Pro-Bowler

More known for his total yardage mark between the NFL and CFL, which is the most ever, Warren Moon smashed the color barrier for black quarterbacks.

Without Warren Moon, we wouldn't have Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, or Pat White.

Moon never had much success in the playoffs, most notably being apart of the worst game in Houston Oilers history, when they gave up a 35-3 first half lead to lose to the Buffalo Bills. This marked the beginning of the downward spiral that led to Bud Adams moving the team to Tennessee.

Sammy Baugh (WAS) 1937-1952

Stats—21,886 yards, 187 TDs, 203 INTs, 72.2 rat

Accolades—Six Pro Bowls, four first-team All-Pros, two-time NFL Champion

The "old school" member of the bunch, Baugh holds the record for most seasons leading the league in passing. Baugh is credited along with Otto Graham as revolutionizing the position.

In fact, there is an award called the Sammy Baugh Trophy, which is awarded annually to the top college passer in the nation.

A pioneer of versatility, Baugh played both ways, as well as punted in his years with the Redskins. One year, he led the NFL in passing, interceptions, and punting.

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