You just thought about punching me when you read that title, I know. This is a question that not many will take seriously, but Brady sort of brought the discussion upon him-self.
The Patriots quarterback was asked during his weekly appearance on WEEI for his top 5 QBs of all time, and the question was not received well.
“There is not one way of playing quarterback. I have seen it with all different types of players over the course of my career. It’s ultimately about moving the ball down the field and scoring points. I will leave that debate for all the bars and all the sports-talk shows. I’m not giving any rankings 1-5.”
This answer led to everyone and their mothers giving out their lists of the greatest QBs to play the game. Obviously, I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and give you all my list of the Greatest Quarterbacks to Ever Play the Game of Football. I will be basing my ratings off of skill, knowledge of the position, and individual achievements, as well as considering the impact that the QB had on their team. Since the quarterback is arguably the most important position in all of sports, all of these things are incredibly important in deciding who is the best to ever play the game.
5. Drew Brees
This was honestly the hardest decision I had to make when creating this list. There are so many great players to choose from for the final spot in the Top-5. The reason that I chose Brees over other great players such as John Elway and Dan Marino is that Brees has better overall accomplishments than anyone not on the list. Barring injury, Brees is in a position to break career records in both Passing Yards and Passing TDs. Sitting only 48 TDs back from the current record held by Peyton Manning, Brees has thrown an incredible 491 TD passes in his career. Of those 491, Brees has averaged 38.2 per season over the last 10 years. Though last year was on off year with only 23, Brees will likely break this record within the next 2-3 seasons. He will also break Manning’s record for passing yards in a career, only a little more than 1,000 yards back at this moment. Also, Brees has been a top QB in the league for the last 10+ years, and you could even argue that he should be higher on this list.
4. Tom Brady
Tom Brady has one of the best resumes in the sports history. 8 Super Bowl appearances with a 5-3 record in those games and 4 SB MVPs to go along with that. Brady also has as many TDs as Drew Brees and will likely contend for 1st place for the TD record. Now you may be asking, “why is Brady #4 if he has such a great resume?” and my answer to that is simple; Brady has also had some of the best talent around him for his entire career. Who is the best coach of all time? Most would say Bill Belichick. Brady has also had some of the top defenses in his career, as well as receivers such as Deion Branch, Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and Rob Gronkowski. Those paired with incredible offenses (and Adam Vinatieri saving his rear-end multiple times) have without-a-doubt aided him to his accomplishments. Final point I want to make is the year that Brady was injured, his team still managed a 9-7 record to win their division. This was with MATT CASSEL. Brady is an incredible QB who has done things that many could never dream of, but for a player like Cassel to take your team to the playoffs shows that maybe it’s not AS impressive as it may seem.
3. Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers may be the best passer in NFL history. This has been said by nearly everyone who follows the sport, INCLUDING TOM BRADY. The idea that Rodgers is not top 5 is ridiculous and has no basis other than “but, but, he’s only got 1 Super Bowl”. Have you seen some of the teams he has had to work with? The last few years especially have consisted of a fragile Jordy Nelson and an injured offensive line. Nobody leads miraculous comebacks like Rodgers can, which he has shown time and time again throughout his career. We have never seen, and may never see a passer with such pure ability at the QB position, and I don’t care how many rings he has, he is a VERY special player.
2. Joe Montana
Joe Montana may not have the best numbers from the QBs on the list, but that’s mainly because of the era he played in. Montana was a QB in a time when the way to win was running the football, and he was DOMINANT. Montana has been considered to be the GOAT by many for decades. The legend behind him is almost bigger than the game he played, but that is to be expected when you have a perfect record in the Super Bowl. Similar to the mystique of Michael Jordan’s 6-0 record, winning will often mask the bad things about a player. This could be considered true with Montana, but then again he was not apart of the 4-5,000 yards per season era that we see in today’s NFL. Granted I have never seen Montana play, his ability to stay in this conversation for as long as he has is an accomplishment in it of itself, so that makes it hard to keep off my list.
1. Peyton Manning
And here we are at the number one spot. The GOAT, the Sheriff, Peyton Manning. Peyton Manning holds almost every passing record you can think of. Career passing yards (71,940) and TDs (539), as well as most passing yards (5,477) and TDs (55) in a season. Oh yeah, he also has the most TDs in a game (7). Manning is widely considered as the smartest player to ever play QB, as well as the hardest working player. This was especially important after he suffered a neck injury. The last 4 years of his career, Manning was unable to throw the way he once could, and he still managed to break every record in the book. Also, Manning was able to win 2 Super Bowls in his career which helped his case with most sports-media personalities. I mentioned that Aaron Rodgers was one of the greatest comeback artists in league history, but Peyton Manning has more game winning drives than any other player in NFL history with 54, 43 of which were 4th Quarter comebacks. Though Brees may end up breaking Manning’s career records, it is indisputable that Manning will always have a place in the history of this great league.
I hope you enjoyed my breakdown of how I decided my Top 5 QBs of All-Time. I hope to make this an ongoing series on the site. Let me know what you think of my list, and what you would change in your personal list. Also, what do you want to see me do a list on next?? Leave a comment to help me improve the lists/make sure I cover topics that you care about!