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Who’s The Greatest NFL Quarterback Of All Time? – Part III

April 2, 2021by Anthony George0
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Who’s The Greatest NFL Quarterback Of All Time? – Part III

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Who’s The Greatest NFL Quarterback Of All Time? – Part III: Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers

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I commend you if you’ve put up with my nonsense this far. We’re about halfway through the countdown, and this is where it starts to get difficult. The remaining quarterbacks will be great in their own respective ways, so trying to rank them is going to be a tough task. But that’s why I’m here. To give you yet another biased installment of the greatest NFL quarterback of all time. Let’s jump back into it.

Who’s The Greatest NFL Quarterback Of All Time? – Part III

6. Troy Aikman

Who’s The Greatest NFL Quarterback Of All Time? – Part III: Troy Aikman - Dallas Cowboys

Here’s a fun fact. When Troy Aikman was drafted into the NFL, I wasn’t even born yet. I was only about eight years old when Aikman was in his prime years. Despite being so young, I’m certain I have watched Aikman play as a kid. I’m sure of this because I remember my dad adjusting the rabbit ears antenna and muttering, “I don’t know why I’m even watching this Aikman SOB – they’re cheaters.” Looking back in my thirties, I now realize that neither Aikman nor the Cowboys were cheaters. And the reason for my father’s disdain was due to the Broncos finishing 7-9 and missing the playoffs under Elway that season.

Anyways, back to Aikman and the task at hand. Honestly, most of the exposure I have to Troy Aikman is his broadcasting and commentary alongside that god-awful Joe Buck. The great thing about growing up around NFL fans and having the Internet is that I was able to watch plenty of his highlights. It didn’t take much time to realize why Aikman is so beloved by Dallas fans. He was exciting to watch and gave the franchise a much-needed revival. It’s almost unreal how dominant Aikman and the Cowboys were between 1991-1996. Let’s dive a little deeper into this historic run.

Aikman's Historic Run

Aikman’s rookie year didn’t start out as great as expected. The first year with Jimmy Johnson as head coach and Jerry Jones as owner, the franchise was able to muster up just one win. That 1-15 season is still the worst regular-season record for the franchise. Unlike the Dolphins and our previous quarterback, Dan Marino – the Cowboys actually built around their star player and gave him the pieces he needed to succeed. With the addition of Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin, this stacked roster made a hell of a run.

Aikman was selected to the Pro Bowl six years in a row and won three Super Bowls during those six years. Just being one of the few quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl back-to-back gives him a boost in this countdown. So why isn’t he ranked any higher on my list? Two of his Super Bowl wins were against Buffalo – do they even count? Seriously though, it’s getting tough to differentiate between these great NFL quarterbacks, and I have to nitpick everything, even if they are ridiculous factors.

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5. Aaron Rodgers

Who’s The Greatest NFL Quarterback Of All Time? – Part III: Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers

What? How can I rank Aaron Rodgers only number five? I might be shooting myself in the foot here but I’m willing to take that chance. Listen, I love Aaron Rodgers. If we were looking at straight-up physical skills, he’s easily the best quarterback to ever play the game. He can make throws that other quarterbacks dream of. His football IQ is insane. He holds a staggering amount of NFL records, including being the only player to have a career passer rating over 100. Let’s revisit his career thus far.

After being drafted by the Packers in 2005 with the 24th overall pick, he backed up Brett Favre for three years. It’s no doubt that the combination of absorbing Brett Favre’s swagger and playing with a chip on his shoulder led to the success he has had. Rodgers was impressive in his rookie year. Throwing 28 touchdowns and passing for over 4000 yards, he proved that he was one of the best in the league. In 2010, Rodgers led the Packers to the playoffs and eventually to the Super Bowl, which he would win and be crowned MVP. This would be the only Super Bowl he would win. Well...so far.

After The Packers' 2010 Season & Super Bowl XLV Win

After the 2010 season, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers would make it back to the playoffs 8 of the next 10 seasons. That’s pretty incredible. What’s more incredible is that, despite this success, they haven’t made it back to the Super Bowl since winning it. This isn’t Rodgers' fault – it’s Mike McCarthy’s. He had one of the top five quarterbacks of all time at his disposal and he was able to win just a single Super Bowl. That stretch by McCarthy is just an inexcusable waste of talent. If Rodgers wasn’t a multi-millionaire playing football, I’d actually feel bad for him.

It’s no secret how much I enjoy watching Rodgers play, and it hurts me to not rank him any higher. I really do believe that he has the potential to become the greatest NFL quarterback of all time. He’s just 37 years old and could easily move up in my rankings. I guess we’ll just have to discount double-check back in a couple of years.

We’re getting closer and I know you can’t wait to see who makes the cut next week. In the meantime, go check out our sports trivia game Run The Table. If you’re lucky, you could win $25 in just 60 seconds.

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