The Super Bowl is perhaps the most widely publicised annual sports event in the US, which features the very best in the NFL tussle for the title of supreme champion in American football. For several years, quarterbacks in the Super Bowl have been the cynosure of all eyes as they bring to the game a spark of lightning which add to the thrill and momentum of the game. Evidenced by the performance of Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback fresh blood, Patrick Mahomes, in the 2020 Super Bowl showdown, quarterbacks can single-handedly bring victory to their side in not just the Super Bowl but any NFL game. In this article, we rank the top-10 best Super Bowl quarterbacks of all-time, from Super Bowl I to LIV, considering their career achievements and performance. Some of these pro footballers are also in the Greatest of All-Time (GOAT) arguments.
Top-10 Best Super Bowl Quarterbacks Of All Time Rankings Throughout The 53 Super Bowls
10. Roger Staubach
Known by fans as Captain America, Roger Staubach played for 10 years in the NFL and during those years, the Dallas Cowboys’ ex-player who played in five Super Bowls won two Super Bowl titles. But he is most recognised for his antics in the Super Bowl VI, where his stellar performance earned him the Super Bowl MVP award. He is the first player in the history of the NFL to win the Heisman Trophy as well as the Super Bowl MVP award.
9. John Elway
Retired but still actively involved in the NFL as an administrator for the Denver Broncos, the team he played for in the NFL for 16 years. During those 16 years, John Elway exceptionality was incredible. He created a reputation for himself as a leading prolific passer and rusher. His abilities earned 9 Pro Bowl selections and two Super Bowl championships. Elway who is the only quarterback in the history of the NFL to ever score a rushing touchdown in four Super Bowls, won the MVP award at the Super Bowl XXXIII which was the last game of his very glamorous career.
8. Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay Packers’ quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, is one of the most phenomenal Quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL. Aaron who is known for his incredible passing abilities has created several passing records in the NFL such as his 402 successive passings without recording a single interception, and his 2011 season, 122.5 passing ratings. Rodgers who has been named to the Pro Bowl 8 times, has won the Super Bowl once, where he was also crowned the Super Bowl XLV MVP after he inspired his side to a spectacular victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
7. Steve Young
For 15 seasons, Steve Young was one of the best players in the NFL, who fans greatly adored. The former NFL player who is widely recognised for the 13 seasons he played for the San Francisco 49ers where he won three Super Bowl titles, received 7 Pro Bowl selections and two NFL MVP awards. The Super Bowl XXIX held in 1994 is the most memorable of Young’s career. In the game against the San Diego Chargers, now known as the Los Angeles Chargers, Young emerged as the game’s MVP winner.
6. Brett Favre
A 20 years NFL veteran, Brett Favre set the standards for the several accomplishments made by quarterbacks in the NFL today. The thespian who played for four NFL teams in 20 years is the first quarterback in the NFL to record 500 touchdowns, 6,000 passes, 70,000 thrown yards and 10,000 attempt passes. Brett Favre also won the Super Bowl once, precisely the Super Bowl XXXI. Brett Favre was never a Super Bowl MVP winner but won the NFL MVP 3 times.
5. Dan Marino
A great player no doubt, pundits hail him as one of the greatest NFL players never to have won a Super Bowl Championship. In the NFL, Dan Marino is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to have played. Right from when he was a rookie, Marino has shown his potentials by claiming the NFL Rookie of the Year award. He then went on to set several single-season records in the 1984 season such as his 48 touchdown passing and 5,084 passing yards. In the Super Bowl XIX, he came close to winning the title. Marino who is a Pro Football Hall of Famer was named to the Pro Bowl 9 times and won the NFL MVP once.
4. Peyton Manning
Two time Super Bowl champion, Peyton Manning is one of the very few players who have played in the NFL, who pundits recognised as one of the greatest quarterbacks ever. The former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos player played in the NFL for 14 years and won the Super Bowl championship with both teams. In his first Super Bowl win, the Super Bowl XLI, Peyton was named the game’s MVP. Peyton was also named to the Pro Bowl 14 times and won the NFL Super Bowl 5 times.
3. Joe Montana
Call him Joe Cool or the Comeback Kid, he remains one of the coolest and most successful quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. The four-time Super Bowl winner played for the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs but was only successful with the 49ers in the Super Bowl. In three of the Super Bowl championships he won, the Super Bowl XVI, XIX and XXIV, he emerged as the MVP winner, making him the first NFL player to win the Super Bowl MVP three times. The Pro Football Hall of Famer was named to the Pro Bowl 8 times and won the NFL MVP award, twice.
2. Johnny Unitas
Late NFL Quarterback widely known as Johnny U was one of the best quarterbacks to ever grace the Super Bowl pitch. Before 2012, Johnny U was the NFL player with the most successful games with a touchdown pass. No doubt one of the greatest player of all time, Johnny U, who played for three NFL teams won the Super Bowl once. Though he never won the Super Bowl MVP, he was a 10 Pro Bowl honouree and three-time NFL champion.
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1. Tom Brady
In the NFL, Tom Brady needs no introduction. A seasonal, world-class, phenomenal player who has played in the highest number of Super Bowl games than any player in the NFL, precisely 9 Super Bowls, Brady has also won the most Super Bowl titles. In six of the Super Bowls he has won, Brady has been crowned MVP winner in four, namely the Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX and LI. He has also won the NFL MVP award three times and has been named to the Pro Bowl 14 times. The star who has been playing for the New England Patriots for about 20 years now, is subject to arguments among pundits who tip him to be the greatest quarterback of all-time.
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There you have it—our list of the top-10 best super bowl quarterbacks of all time ranked in 2020. What are your thoughts? Please share with us in the comments section below.