If there is one person in the offensive line who bears the weight of every game, that is the quarterback. Indeed, a quarterback play can lead the entire team towards winning or losing the game.
Not all quarterbacks are created equal, however. Some quarterbacks can execute an outstanding play through running the football himself or forward passing while others can’t.
Three to four names appear consistently in rankings of top quarterbacks of all-time.
These NFL quarterbacks change not only how the play went down, but also the entire American football history.
#3 – Joe Montana (1979 – 1994)
- 4x Super Bowl championships
- 3x Super Bowl MVP
- 8x Pro Bowler
- 2x NFL MVP
- NFL Offensive Player of the Year
Montana is known for his ability to keep calm, earning him the moniker ‘Joe Cool.’ With this demeanour, he was always able to direct his teammates. Montana never lost a Super Bowl with his 63.2% yards completion and 2.6% interception rates.
The come-from-behind passer delivers what is expected of him, and the most cherished moment in his professional career was the San Francisco 49ers 1988-89 playoff win. He had 19 touchdowns against a single interception.
He had a strong start in 1989 when he won the Offensive Player of the Year. Nowadays, he is also known as The Comeback Kid because of his legendary fourth-quarter comebacks. Such a deficit puts him behind Brady and Manning.
#2 – Peyton Manning (1998 – 2015)
- 2x Super Bowl championships
- Super Bowl MVP
- 14x Pro Bowler
- 5x NFL MVP
- 2x Offensive Player of the Year
Montana may have more Super Bowl championship appearances than Manning, but there is more to the man when it comes to mental battles against the opponents. He has abilities to 1) diagnose coverages and 2) break the defence. Brady is the only one who can match and even surpass his football IQ.
Furthermore, diagnosis efficiency is the reason behind his low sack numbers with only 303 throughout 17 seasons. Manning has 65.3% yards completion and 2.7% interception rates. He attempted 9,380 passes as well during the Super Bowl XLI.
Nonetheless, he failed some playoffs that put him in the second position.
#1 – Tom Brady (2000 – present)
- 5x Super Bowl championships
- 4x Super Bowl MVP
- 12x Pro Bowler
- 2x NFL MVP
- 2x NFL Offensive Player of the Year
Brady does not possess the arm strength or the mobility of his contemporaries. Still, he has an impressive football IQ that allows him to make the most efficient decisions on the field. Other than his accuracy, Brady’s strong work ethic is his legacy.
A consistent passer, Brady’s yards completion percentage was at 63.8 (attempted more than 8,000 passes throughout his career) while his interception percentage is 1.8. He’d never went beyond that point since he became a starter. Tom Terrific’s passing prowess was one of the reasons his team has won at least five Super Bowls.
While he may be the oldest NFL quarterback to retire, he is leaving valuable lessons on nutrition, strength, and conditioning. These three change the way he trains and plays football.