Who’s The Greatest NFL Quarterback Of All Time? – Part I
Who Are The Greatest NFL Quarterbacks Of All Time?
Any true NFL fan has had the debate. Who is the GOAT of the quarterback position? Who is the Greatest NFL Quarterback of All Time? This question never fails to come up between friends - especially in dimly lit pubs while consuming copious amounts of alcohol. Over the next few weeks, I will be counting down the top ten greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time. The standards I will use to grade these quarterbacks will be a combination of career stats, accolades, and personality traits.
Listen. It’s impossible to answer a question like this without being biased and I wish I could tell you that this series will be free of it. The truth is – it won’t be. In fact, there will be a ton of bias and you won't agree with 95% of my takes. At the least, maybe you’ll stick around for a few laughs.
Before we begin, I don’t want any of you boomers @’ing me on Twitter because your favorite ancient crusty-ass quarterback missed the cut. You’ve got to take into consideration that I'm only 31 years old. Most of the players listed are going to be those I’ve personally watched or at least never seen pose in a black and white photo.
Without further ado – let’s countdown the Top 10 greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time.
10. Doug Flutie
From the “Hail Flutie” to the dropkick in New England – how can Doug Flutie not make this list? Sure, most of his success was in the CFL, but he was no doubt a hugely influential player in the NFL. Coming out of college he didn’t have the typical quarterback frame but his intangibles were off the chart. Often thought of being too small to make it in the big leagues, he went on to prove the skeptics wrong. To put it simply, this dude was born a footballer. While his on-field stats aren't eye-popping – he left his mark in three professional football leagues, carving out a place in football history. So let’s take a look at the timeline of his accolades and accomplishments.
- Won the Heisman with Boston College
- Broke the single-season passing yard record in the CFL
- Holds the record for most touchdown passes in the CFL
- Becomes the first non-Canadian to make the CFL Hall of Fame
- Won the Grey Cup and named the MVP
- Returns to the NFL with the Bills in 1998 to lead them to the playoffs and makes the Pro-Bowl
- Flutie Flakes
- Traded to the Chargers, where he became the first player over 40 years of age to rush for two touchdowns in a game
- Returns to New England and competes the first successful dropkick since 1941
What a ride for Mr. Flutie. He once said, “Without the Hail Mary pass, I think I could have been very easily forgotten.” Fear not Flutie. You will never be forgotten. When I’m at the end of my rope and my life needs revitalization, I ask myself – what would Doug Flutie do?
9. Drew Brees
How fitting right? The guy drafted to replace Doug Flutie is also the next quarterback on my list. It’s like I did that on purpose. I know what you're thinking. How is Drew Brees not in the top five? I’m not saying he’s bad. He’s one of the greats, and he will absolutely be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He’s in my top 10 for a reason – he has the stats to back it up. This year he retired with the all-time passing yards record for crying out loud.
But I’m genuinely curious – how many of those yards were from a screen pass taken to the house by Reggie Bush or Brandon Cooks? It seems like he has always had a lot of talent around him, and to only win one Super Bowl in twenty years? That’s not GOAT material. No doubt a great quarterback but definitely not the best.
Another reason why Drew Brees was knocked down a few spots on this list is because of that god-awful premeditated cringe of a speech to his sons after breaking the all-time passing record. It was straight out of a Disney movie, and I couldn’t have rolled my eyes back any further. Let's just revisit it for a moment. “I love you guys so much. You can accomplish anything in life if you’re willing to work for it.” Yuck. Maybe I’ve just become too cynical and I’m being too harsh on the guy, but give me a break. You’re already making millions playing football – you don’t need to force an awkward hallmark moment for the world to see.
More To Come...
So that wraps up the first of five countdowns of the NFL’s GOAT. If you don’t return to read the next in the series – I don’t blame you. Either way, I had fun and that’s all that matters. If you do happen to stick around for the next few articles, you might be surprised to see who makes the top five and eventually crowned the GOAT.