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The 10 Greatest Superbowl Quarterbacks of All-Time



A lot was made about Eli Manning saying that he is in Tom Brady's class before the NFL season. Perhaps it should be Brady claiming that he is in Manning's class after losing his second Superbowl to  Peyton's little brother. Certainly we now know that Manning is an elite NFL quarterback with two of his fingers now serving as real estate for a couple of huge diamond studded championship rings, but where does he rank among the all-time greatest Superbowl quarterbacks?

10. Bob Griese

Bob Griese isn't just the only Dolphin quarterback to ever win a Superbowl. He took Miami to three consecutive Superbowls and won back-to-back championships in 1973 and 1974 – including a perfect 17-0 run in 1972-73. He owns a 63.4 completion percentage in the Superbowl, good for sixth all-time.

9. Jim Plunkett

Jim Plunkett was never an elite quarterback but that did not stop him from leading the Raiders to Superbowl wins in 1981 and 1984 – even winning the Superbowl MVP in Superbowl XV. He owns a monster 122.38 passer rating in the Superbowl but is the only quarterback to win two Superbowls and not make the Hall of Fame.

8. Ben Roethlisberger

Big Ben was the youngest quarterback to ever win a Superbowl, doing it at 23 during his rookie season. He has started three Superbowls and won two of them. The two-time Pro Bowler is just 29 but has already solidified himself as one of the most efficient passers in the game.

7. Roger Staubach

Staubach led the Cowboys to four Superbowls and took home two championships, as well as a Superbowl MVP for his performance in Superbowl XII. He has a 96.3 passer rating and 63% completion rating in four Superbowl starts.

6. John Elway

Elway co-owns the NFL record with Tom Brady with 5 Superbowl starts. He only won two of those, however, taking home the gold in 1998 and 1999. With 76 pass completions for 1,128 yards in his Superbowl career, Elway also took home some Superbowl MVP hardware in XXXIII.

5. Bart Starr

There's nothing quite like the original. Starr led the Packers to wins in Superbowl I and II, winning the MVP award in both contests with his 106 career Superbowl QB record. More impressively, Starr won another three championships with the Packers before the NFL merged with the AFL so he actually has a grand total of 5 NFL championships.

4. Troy Aikman

Much like Staubach, Aikman led his Cowboys on some truly dominant runs. Aikman won three rings between 1994 and 2001 with a 112 passer rating and 70 percent completion percentage (which ranks best all-time!).

3. Tom Brady

Brady started his fifth Superbowl this week, tying him with John Elway for most starts all time. Although he can't seem to beat Eli Manning, Brady won the gold in 2002, 2004, and 2005. He has two Superbowl MVPs, a 65 percent completion rate, and the most Superbowl completions in NFL history with 128.

2. Terry Bradshaw

Bradshaw started and won all four Superbowls that he led his Pittsburgh Steelers to, winning MVP in Superbowl XIII and XIV. He has 9 passing touchdowns and a 113 passer rating in his Superbowl career.

1. Joe Montana

Like Bradshaw, Montana won all four Superbowls that he started and took home three Superbowl MVPs for his efforts. His Superbowl dominance ranks him best all time with 11 passing touchdowns (and 0 interceptions!), a 128 QB rating, and a 68.3 completion percentage.