Who is the best NFL QB of all time?

Posted: December 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

First of all, I apologize for taking so long to blog again. Work has kept me incredibly busy. Secondly, thanks for the kind comments about my writing. Now, on to my next blog post.

Sunday night following the New England-Denver game, a very close friend and I debated on if Tom Brady was possibly the best NFL quarterback of all time. In his words, “arguably the best NFL QB of all time. Definitely in the top 3-5.” This caught me off guard. I won’t deny Brady’s greatness, but best ALL TIME?!? All bias aside (he-Tom Brady/Patriots fan, me-life-long Denver fan), Tom Brady was not in my top three. How could he top the greats like Roger Staubach, Joe Montana, John Elway, Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Brett Favre, etc.?

Although I’m not a Cowboys fan, the third QB I listed in my argument was…

Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach. “Possibly the best combination of a passer, an athlete and a leader to ever play in the NFL,” said legendary Cowboys coach, Tom Landry. Roger the Dodger took a struggling Dallas Cowboys team on his back and produced champions and “America’s Team” in his rookie season (1971). He had a 59.7 percent completion, had 1,882 yards, 15 TDs and 4 INT in his rookie season. Oh, and a Super Bowl win. Not too shabby for a rookie! He finished his career with 22,700 yards, 153 TD, two SB wins and passer-rating titles in ’73, ’78, and ’79. The “Hail Mary” pass comes from one of Staubach’s greatest heroic moments. In the ’75 playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings, Staubach threw a 50-yard pass to Drew Pearson for a last second 17-14 win. In post-game interviews, Staubach claimed he said a “Hail Mary” prayer after releasing the ball, and ever since, any last-second pass attempt to the end zone is known as a “Hail Mary Pass.”

Next up in my argument:

Joe Montana. Many websites I researched listed him as the best NFL QB of all time! He was the man in the 80’s. “Joe Cool.” Hall of Famer. He played with the San Francisco 49ers for 14 years, leading them to four Super Bowl wins, three Super Bowl MVP awards and two league MVP titles. Montana helped lead his team to 31 fourth-quarter comebacks. Montana holds postseason records for most career passing TDs (45), games with 300 passing yards (6), and games with over 100 passer rating (12). Montana’s games with 300 passing yards record was recently broken by Peyton Manning. Joe Montana’s most impressive stat: he never threw an interception in a Super Bowl!

And the greatest NFL QB of all time in MY eyes:

John Elway. When you hear “The Drive,” who do you think of? John Elway in the 1987 AFC Championship game against the Cleveland Browns. A 15-play, 98-yard series where the Broncos started at their own two yard line with under six minutes left in regulation. The series led to a touchdown that tied the game with 39 seconds left. In overtime, Elway conducted a 60-yard drive that set up the game-winning field goal. Elway played for 16 seasons with the Denver Broncos, including 234 games and an NFL-record 148 wins. He basically invented the fourth-quarter comeback, leading Denver on 47 game-tying or game-winning drives. He surpassed the 50,000-yard passing mark, and had 300 career TDs. He was only the second player and third quarterback, respectively, to do so. He also played in nine Pro Bowls, was a two-time Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl MVP. Elway did all this with a less-than-spectacular team throughout his first nine seasons. In his 10th year, Elway finally threw the ball to a Pro Bowl player, Shannon Sharpe. John Elway was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame on August 8, 2004.

Now let’s compare Tom Brady to these top three QB’s:

Tom Brady has risen from sixth round draft pick to elite quarterback. He has three Super Bowl rings and two Super Bowl MVPs. He’s also the only player in NFL history who was unanimously named season MVP. He has been selected in six Pro Bowls. He also owns the NFL record of 358 consecutive pass attempts without an interception. He holds the NFL record for most touchdown passes in a single regular season. The Patriots set the record for most consecutive wins (21).This has all happened in the first 11 years of his career. Brady holds many regular and post season NFL records including: highest touchdown-to-interception rating (9:1), most touchdown passes in a regular season (50) and most consecutive regular-season home wins (31). Hard to believe this stud of a quarterback wasn’t selected until the sixth round of the draft and doubted by many. Before the 2011 season, his fellow NFL players voted him best player in the league.

Now, Tom Brady looks great on stat sheets, but can we really say he’s the GREATEST NFL quarterback of all time?! John Elway could throw the ball to any spot on the field and was feared by defensive coordinators across the league. Joe Montana won four Super Bowls in 10 years. Roger Staubach was a 27-year-old rookie who went undefeated his first season and won the Super Bowl. Tom Brady is the epitome of NFL QB greatness today, but to say he’s the best of all time is outrageous. Most of the United States would have Joe Montana and John Elway as number one and two (who is number one could differ). Ask me again in 10 years who the best NFL quarterback of all time is after Tom Brady has retired. He’ll probably be in my top five, but definitely not number one.

Who do YOU think is the best NFL QB of all time?


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