25 Greatest Quarterbacks in NFL History

25 Greatest Quarterbacks in NFL History

Ken Stabler

There is no more revered or analyzed position in the NFL than quarterback. Besides all of the statistics that are associated with signal-callers, especially in today’s pass-happy game, it’s the only position that attributes wins and losses with any regularity.

While the quarterback position has certainly evolved throughout history there have been those field generals who have distinguished themselves from their peers regardless of the era in which they played. Taking statistical success as well as team accomplishments into consideration while acknowledging when they played, here are the 25 best quarterbacks in NFL history.

Note: Statistics in tables are for regular season games.

— Rankings by Rob McVey, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @Rob_UTVOLS.

Ken Stabler

Record 96-49-1
Playoff 7-5
Stat Total
Comp 2,270
Att. 3,793
% 59.8
Yard 27,938
TD 194
INT 222
Rat. 75.3
GWD 26
Rush 93
TD 4

Stabler would spend 15 years as an NFL quarterback with three different teams, but his biggest accomplishments were achieved as an Oakland Raider. He helped lead the Raiders to their first-ever Super Bowl (XI) victory. He also made all four of his Pro Bowl appearances as a member of the Raiders, earning league MVP honors in 1974. “The Snake” was notorious for his legendary escapades off the field as well. He retired from the NFL following the 1984 season after finding little success in short stints with the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints. Stabler passed away in July 2015 and he was inducted posthumously into the Pro Football Hall of Fame a year later as part of the Class of 2016.

Joe Namath

Record 62-63-4
Playoff 2-1
Stat Total
Comp 1,886
Att. 3,762
% 50.1
Yard 27.663
TD 173
INT 220
Rat. 65.5
GWD 16
Rush 140
TD 7

Namath is probably best known for his pre-game prediction that his Jets would defeat the heavily favored Colts in Super Bowl III. Not only did Namath’s unlikely prediction come to fruition, he earned Super Bowl MVP honors in the process for his outstanding performance. Namath also is well documented for his flamboyant Playboy lifestyle off of the gridiron. Broadway Joe may not have the statistical accomplishments of others on this list, but his legendary status, on and off the field, are more than enough to garner a place on the list. It would be sacrilege to have an NFL’s greatest quarterback list without Joe Willie Namath. 

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