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Greatest QB of All-Time III: Career rankings

Posted by Chase Stuart on August 11, 2009

Yesterday, I explained the methodology behind my grading of every quarterback-season in NFL history. Today, I'm going to present the career results. As usual, I'll be using the 100/95/90 approach, where each QB gets 100% of his score in his best season, 95% of his score in his second best season, 90% of his score in his third best season, and so on. This is the key to rewarding guys who played really well for a long time, but without killing guys with really bad rookie years or seasons late in their career. It also helps to prevent the guys who were compilers from dominating the top of the list. The table below shows the top regular season QBs in NFL history, using three different metrics.

"VALUE" shows each quarterback's converted yards over average, as explained in yesterday's post. "REPL" shows each QB's converted yards over replacement, defined as 75% of league average. I like using the "Value" score as a HOF indicator and to answer the question of who were the best quarterbacks ever. However, after the top 30 or so QBs, I like using replacement value, which rewards guys who were good for a long time. Being average for 10 seasons means you were probably a better QB than someone who was good for two seasons. Using three-fourths of league average as the baseline is probably the best to judge a large group of quarterbacks, like when we want to separate the Eli Mannings from the Jeff Georges and Trent Dilfers from the Ryan Leafs. If we have to rank a random 100 QBs in NFL history (or if we're trying to judge how good an average draft pick was), the replacement category is best. Deciding who was the 42nd and who was the 43rd best QBs ever? I'd use the replacement value category, but note that this only works well for players in the same era. The replacement value formula, for various reasons, is biased towards modern QBs. For both the "VALUE" and "REPL" metrics, I pro-rated non-16 game seasons in the usual manner, splitting the difference between pro-rating and not pro-rating at all (i.e., a 9-game season is pro-rated to a 12.5 game season).

If you want something that is totally era-independent, you'll want to use the third column, "SEARK." That formula measures each quarterback's rank in each season. If you were the #1 QB in the league in any season, you got 10 points; if you were #2, you received 9 points; #3, 8 points, and so on. This actually helps the older QBs since they played in smaller leagues, and therefore it was easier to accumulate more "SEARK" points; however, since older QBs did not stick around as long as modern QBs, I think this metric is pretty era neutral. Note that I combined the AFL and NFL QBs in the '60s for the purposes of the "SEARK" column, although each player was only compared to the other QBs in his own league for the VALUE and REPL categories. Additionally, all AAFC stats have been excluded (sorry Otto Graham), as the NFL does not officially recognize them the way the league does with AFL stats (although the HOF does consider AAFC performances).

Finally, I showed the main team each QB played for, along with what percentage of his career value came with that team. It is possible (see Daunte Culpepper) to get over 100% of your career value with one team, if you are below average with your other teams.

Here are the top 100 QBs in NFL history according to my formula, sorted by converted yards of value over average. An * means the player is in the HOF, while a + means the QB was active in 2008:

Name		        ATT    VALUE	 RK    REPL	 RK    SEARK	Team	%
Peyton Manning+		5960   10492	 1     16093	 2	83	clt	1.00
Dan Marino*		8358   10410	 2     16770	 1	98	mia	1.00
Steve Young*		4149	8783	 3     12735	 6	77	sfo	1.02
Joe Montana*		5391	8451	 4     13284	 3	80	sfo	0.95
Fran Tarkenton*		6467	8286	 5     12838	 5	89	min	0.67
Dan Fouts*		5604	7192	 6     11828	 7	61	sdg	1.00
Ken Anderson		4475	6752	 7     10337	 9	53	cin	1.00
Johnny Unitas*		5186	6696	 8     11233	 8	78	clt	1.01
Sid Luckman*		1744	6529	 9      7844	27	78	chi	1.00
Sammy Baugh*		2995	6351	10      8432	17	81	was	1.00
Brett Favre+		9280	6157	11     13149	 4	63	gnb	1.03
Roger Staubach*		2958	5987	12	8548	15	58	dal	1.00
Len Dawson*		3741	5733	13	8711	14	54	kan	1.01
Sonny Jurgensen*	4262	5524	14	9632	11	55	was	0.72
Norm Van Brocklin*	2895	5517	15	8234	20	82	ram	0.76
Otto Graham*		2626	5029	16	6600	42	50	cle	1.00
Y.A. Tittle*		4395	4762	17	8299	19	59	nyg	0.52
Kurt Warner+		3557	4479	18	8300	18	33	ram	0.75
Tom Brady+		3653	4442	19	8468	16	21	nwe	1.00
Daryle Lamonica		2601	4363	20	6839	40	43	rai	0.99
Jeff Garcia+		3676	4328	21	8214	21	34	sfo	0.82
John Elway*		7250	4314	22     10256	10	36	den	1.00
Boomer Esiason		5205	4242	23	8777	13	47	cin	0.98
Joe Namath*		3762	4023	24	7258	37	36	nyj	1.01
John Hadl		4687	3975	25	7553	33	38	sdg	0.88
Jim Hart		5076	3965	26	7393	36	34	crd	1.00
Trent Green+		3740	3962	27	7960	25	30	kan	0.91
Bart Starr*		3149	3948	28	6998	38	41	gnb	1.00
Drew Brees+		3650	3872	29	7913	26	27	nor	0.76
Warren Moon*		6823	3848	30	9584	12	34	oti	0.84
John Brodie		4491	3821	31	7735	29	32	sfo	1.00
Bert Jones		2551	3818	32	6191	45	30	clt	1.02
Roman Gabriel		4498	3755	33	7474	34	29	ram	0.70
Steve McNair		4544	3717	34	8095	23	23	oti	1.01
Jim Kelly*		4779	3621	35	8138	22	29	buf	1.00
Rich Gannon		4206	3506	36	7572	31	27	rai	0.95
Donovan McNabb+		4303	3451	37	7961	24	18	phi	1.00
Cecil Isbell		 818	3440	38	4056	93	41	gnb	1.00
Troy Aikman*		4715	3439	39	7774	28	36	dal	1.00
Bob Griese*		3429	3384	40	6008	48	23	mia	1.00
Mark Brunell+		4594	3018	41	7566	32	18	jax	0.98
Arnie Herber*		1175	2995	42	3414   115	72	gnb	0.90
Jim Everett		4923	2944	43	7696	30	25	ram	0.84
Charlie Conerly		2833	2891	44	5383	59	51	nyg	1.00
Terry Bradshaw*		3901	2885	45	6090	47	31	pit	1.00
Craig Morton		3786	2814	46	5593	54	19	dal	0.67
Daunte Culpepper+	3042	2806	47	6254	44	24	min	1.13
Vinny Testaverde	6701	2695	48	7416	35	17	nyj	0.46
Randall Cunningham	4289	2692	49	6858	39	18	min	0.59
Joe Theismann		3602	2679	50	6144	46	27	was	1.00
Tommy Thompson		1424	2671	51	3959	97	33	phi	1.02
Steve Grogan		3593	2669	52	5509	56	18	nwe	1.00
Earl Morrall		2689	2643	53	5014	70	23	clt	0.41
Billy Kilmer		2937	2640	54	5020	69	25	was	1.07
Ken Stabler		3793	2624	55	5441	57	22	rai	1.26
Bobby Layne*		3700	2546	56	5798	51	53	det	0.66
Mark Rypien		2613	2389	57	5039	67	18	was	1.00
Bernie Kosar		3365	2365	58	5714	53	24	cle	1.03
Matt Hasselbeck+	3347	2330	59	5999	50	15	sea	0.99
Brad Johnson+		4326	2264	60	6393	43	16	tam	0.36
Chad Pennington+	2395	2251	61	5033	68	16	nyj	0.62
Johnny Lujack	 	 808	2173	62	3048   124	25	chi	1.00
Milt Plum		2419	2156	63	4759	74	30	cle	1.43
George Blanda*		4007	2131	64	4697	75	14	oti	0.82
Bob Waterfield*		1617	2061	65	3566   111	36	ram	1.00
Carson Palmer+		2165	1961	66	4557	79	14	cin	1.00
Tony Romo+		1307	1959	67	3618   107	13	dal	1.00
Frank Ryan		2133	1954	68	4473	82	16	cle	1.04
Brian Sipe		3439	1937	69	5224	63	16	cle	1.00
Greg Landry		2300	1932	70	3907	99	21	det	1.06
Doug Williams		2507	1882	71	4508	80	12	tam	0.74
Philip Rivers+		1428	1849	72	3655   105	15	sdg	1.00
Tom Flores		1715	1830	73	3582   109	18	rai	1.15
Don Meredith		2308	1827	74	4581	78	16	dal	1.00
Joe Ferguson		4519	1827	75	5175	64	24	buf	1.08
Jim McMahon		2573	1821	76	4351	87	 9	chi	0.90
Phil Simms		4647	1754	77	6001	49	10	nyg	1.00
Ron Jaworski		4117	1710	78	5510	55	 9	phi	1.05
Charley Johnson		3392	1707	79	4983	71	11	den	0.83
Bill Nelsen		1905	1681	80	3615   108	16	cle	0.81
Doug Flutie		2151	1666	81	3948	98	 8	buf	0.88
Ed Danowski		 605	1663	82	1953   144	30	nyg	1.00
Bernie Masterson	 409	1653	83	1913   146	37	chi	1.00
Neil Lomax		3153	1614	84	5126	65	18	crd	1.00
Jake Delhomme+		2434	1598	85	4431	84	 5	car	0.99
Steve DeBerg		5024	1528	86	5720	52	10	kan	1.13
Danny White		2950	1502	87	4485	81	10	dal	1.00
Jeff Hostetler		2338	1484	88	4030	94	11	rai	0.61
Dave Krieg		5311	1479	89	5414	58	11	sea	0.46
Bill Kenney		2430	1469	90	4061	92	10	kan	1.00
Marc Bulger+		2924	1440	91	4830	73	14	ram	1.00
Neil O'Donnell		3229	1429	92	4633	76	 7	pit	0.80
Ben Roethlisberger+	1905	1416	93	3778   102	 9	pit	1.00
Wade Wilson		2428	1380	94	3554   112	14	min	0.71
Chris Chandler		4005	1363	95	4922	72	12	atl	1.19
Elvis Grbac		2445	1334	96	3993	96	 7	kan	0.88
Jeff George		3967	1332	97	5325	60	18	atl	0.65
Norm Snead		4353	1309	98	5121	66	14	phi	0.71
Bobby Thomason		1346	1238	99	2637   129	24	phi	0.93
Babe Parilli		3330	1226   100	4067	91	19	nwe	1.46

I know what you're thinking: but what about the post-season? You're right, we need to include post-season stats in any debate about NFL QBs. I used the exact same methodology to grade the QBs in the post-season as I did in the regular season, although I weighted championship games by three times as much as a regular playoff game, and conference championship games were assigned double the value of other playoff games. Listed below are each QB's number of pass attempts, his career rating (his value score combined with his post-season score in each season), his career rank, his regular season value (same as above), his regular season rank (same as above), and his post-season score. Note that simply adding a player's post-season career grade to his regular season career grade will not match his new career score, because of the year-by-year approach. As many might expect, we have a new best QB ever once we include the playoffs, but I don't think he's going to stay #1 for very long. Note: This is not a ranking of the best post-season QBs of all-time, but rather a ranking of the best QBs when combining post-season and regular season performance.

QB			Att    Career	Rk	Reg	Rk    Post
Joe Montana*		5391   11444	 1	8451	 4    3397
Peyton Manning+		5960   10934	 2     10492	 1     474
Dan Marino*		8358   10787	 3     10410	 2      45
Steve Young*		4149	9950	 4	8783	 3    1182
Sid Luckman*		1744	7949	 5	6529	 9    1368
Fran Tarkenton*		6467	7862	 6	8286	 5   - 605
Ken Anderson		4475	7412	 7	6752	 7     667
Dan Fouts*		5604	7311	 8	7192	 6	97
Johnny Unitas*		5186	7175	 9	6696	 8     264
Brett Favre+		9280	7124	10	6157	11    1017
Sammy Baugh*		2995	6797	11	6351	10     590
Roger Staubach*		2958	6746	12	5987	12     848
Len Dawson*		3741	6523	13	5733	13     909
Kurt Warner+		3557	5915	14	4479	18    1535
Bart Starr*		3149	5613	15	3948	28    1949
Norm Van Brocklin*	2895	5608	16	5517	15   - 115
Otto Graham*		2626	5595	17	5029	16     776
Sonny Jurgensen*	4262	5447	18	5524	14   - 112
John Elway*		7250	5409	19	4314	22    1246
Troy Aikman*		4715	5303	20	3439	39    1830
Tom Brady+		3653	5212	21	4442	19     873
Daryle Lamonica		2601	5031	22	4363	20     657
Terry Bradshaw*		3901	4310	23	2885	45    1617
Jeff Garcia+		3676	4241	24	4328	21   -  84
Joe Namath*		3762	4138	25	4023	24     102
Drew Brees+		3650	3978	26	3872	29     114
Boomer Esiason		5205	3976	27	4242	23   - 204
Trent Green+		3740	3950	28	3962	27   -  96
Warren Moon*		6823	3949	29	3848	30      61
Jim Hart		5076	3948	30	3965	26   -  22
John Hadl		4687	3911	31	3975	25   -   5
Bert Jones		2551	3825	32	3818	32	10
John Brodie		4491	3809	33	3821	31   -  34
Roman Gabriel		4498	3743	34	3755	33   -  13
Cecil Isbell	 	 818	3691	35	3440	38     285
Steve McNair		4544	3685	36	3717	34   - 109
Ken Stabler		3793	3674	37	2624	55    1118
Bob Griese*		3429	3636	38	3384	40     273
Charlie Conerly		2833	3565	39	2891	44     865
Y.A. Tittle*		4395	3377	40	4762	17   -1640
Donovan McNabb+		4303	3327	41	3451	37   - 303
Rich Gannon		4206	3140	42	3506	36   - 384
Arnie Herber*		1175	3062	43	2995	42   -  71
Joe Theismann		3602	3031	44	2679	50     376
Mark Rypien		2613	2973	45	2389	57     573
Jim Kelly*		4779	2913	46	3621	35   -1022
Bernie Kosar		3365	2800	47	2365	58     442
Vinny Testaverde	6701	2729	48	2695	48	98
Randall Cunningham	4289	2722	49	2692	49	25
Daunte Culpepper+	3042	2707	50	2806	47   - 115
Mark Brunell+		4594	2637	51	3018	41   - 450
Matt Hasselbeck+	3347	2634	52	2330	59     307
Jim Everett		4923	2498	53	2944	43   - 460
Billy Kilmer		2937	2457	54	2640	54   - 219
Steve Grogan		3593	2436	55	2669	52   - 312
Jim McMahon		2573	2410	56	1821	76     504
Earl Morrall		2689	2379	57	2643	53   - 253
Tommy Thompson		1424	2233	58	2671	51   - 440
Doug Williams		2507	2151	59	1882	71     192
Johnny Lujack		 808	2130	60	2173	62   -  51
Brad Johnson+		4326	2129	61	2264	60   - 222
Frank Ryan		2133	2126	62	1954	68      70
Bob Waterfield*		1617	2096	63	2061	65	29
Jeff Hostetler		2338	2082	64	1484	88     625
Chad Pennington+	2395	2060	65	2251	61   - 191
Phil Simms		4647	2059	66	1754	77     334
Bobby Layne*		3700	2049	67	2546	56   - 958
George Blanda*		4007	2047	68	2131	64   - 623
Craig Morton		3786	2032	69	2814	46   - 939
Jake Delhomme+		2434	2029	70	1598	85     463
Carson Palmer+		2165	2022	71	1961	66	60
Milt Plum		2419	1976	72	2156	63   - 257
Tony Romo+		1307	1974	73	1959	67	15
Philip Rivers+		1428	1922	74	1849	72	76
Ben Roethlisberger+	1905	1907	75	1416	93     546
Greg Landry		2300	1865	76	1932	70   -  78
Don Meredith		2308	1849	77	1827	74   -   7
Tom Flores		1715	1830	78	1830	73	 0
Tobin Rote		2907	1814	79	 761   124    1116
Ed Danowski		 605	1800	80	1663	82	59
Bernie Masterson	 409	1748	81	1653	83	99
Charley Johnson		3392	1707	82	1707	79	 0
Joe Ferguson		4519	1691	83	1827	75   - 143
Doug Flutie		2151	1671	84	1666	81   -  35
Brian Sipe		3439	1662	85	1937	69   - 275
Neil Lomax		3153	1607	86	1614	84   -  10
Jeff George		3967	1599	87	1332	97     284
Marc Bulger+		2924	1551	88	1440	91     108
Wade Wilson		2428	1547	89	1380	94     154
Steve DeBerg		5024	1525	90	1528	86   -   8
Bill Kenney		2430	1475	91	1469	90	 8
Chris Chandler		4005	1437	92	1363	95	73
Bill Nelsen		1905	1365	93	1681	80   - 386
Danny White		2950	1317	94	1502	87   - 211
Jim Plunkett		3701	1309	95	 363   160    1105
Norm Snead		4353	1309	96	1309	98	 0
Dave Krieg		5311	1306	97	1479	89   - 213
Ron Jaworski		4117	1284	98	1710	78   - 405
Babe Parilli		3330	1240	99	1226   100	25
Bobby Thomason		1346	1238   100	1238	99	 0

I'm sure there will be lots of debates about this list in the comments. Note that this is just a ranking of quarterback statistics, and not a pure ranking of the best quarterbacks ever. Obviously a QB's statistics are affected by lots of things, but what this formula tries to do is combine all the main statistics a QB produces, adjust for era, and accumulate them in a way that puts the longevity guys and the high peak guys on an equal plane. As I said yesterday:

It’s important to remember that this is just a measure of each team’s passing game, assigned to the quarterback on the field for those plays. Obviously the quality of the offensive line, the ability of the receivers, the versatility of the tight ends and running backs, the philosophy of the coaches, the strength of the schedule, and good old randomness have a significant impact on the above numbers. The reason for these posts is to accurately measure quarterback statistics, and nothing else. Once we have strong measures of QB performance, we can then judge QBs based on how much of their success (or lack thereof) we want to assign to the QB and how much to other people/factors.

No, I don't think Ken Anderson was a better QB than Johnny Unitas; the fact that he ranks a hair above him doesn't mean the formula is junk, although it might mean that I'm still slightly overvaluing modern QBs (Unitas kills Anderson in the "SEARK" column). On the other hand, Sid Luckman comes in as a top-five QB of all-time on my list. Unitas might come in "only" at #8 because was unfortunate enough to play in a small league with HOF QBs like Van Brocklin, Layne, Jurgensen, Starr, Tittle and Tarkenton, along with some borderline guys like Brodie and Conerly, skewing the league average. Regardless, Anderson is the best quarterback eligible but not in the Hall of Fame, however.

Someone like Jim Kelly gets really hurt in these rankings because of his awful post-season performances in big games. I prefer to use replacement value (and not general value) for a QB like Kelly, as he is better than the 45th best QB in NFL history. He is one of the weakest QBs in the HOF, however.

I'll close with one last list. I looked at all QBs on a year-to-year and five-year basis. Who was the best QB in 1974? Who was the best QB from 1956 to 1960? The table below shows the yearly leader in converted yards over average (including post-season) and the five-year leader. Obviously for the past few seasons, the five-year leader is not a "true" five-year leader.

5-year		5-year top QB			Year N Best QB
2008-12		Kurt Warner (1427)		Kurt Warner (1427)
2007-11		Peyton Manning (2230)		Tom Brady (2124)
2006-10		Peyton Manning (3900)		Peyton Manning (1670)
2005-09		Peyton Manning (5377)		Peyton Manning (1477)
2004-08		Peyton Manning (7933)		Peyton Manning (2556)
2003-07		Peyton Manning (8620)		Peyton Manning (1664)
2002-06		Peyton Manning (7828)		Trent Green (1158)
2001-05		Peyton Manning (6757)		Kurt Warner (1572)
2000-04		Peyton Manning (6637)		Jeff Garcia (1591)
1999-03		Peyton Manning (5287)		Kurt Warner (2190)
1998-02		Kurt Warner (4268)		Randall Cunningham (1570)
1997-01		Brett Favre (2518)		Brett Favre (1078)
1996-00		Brett Favre (3323)		Brett Favre (1608)
1995-99		Brett Favre (4790)		Brett Favre (1510)
1994-98		Steve Young (6233)		Steve Young (2697)
1993-97		Steve Young (6552)		Steve Young (1591)
1992-96		Steve Young (7473)		Troy Aikman (2113)
1991-95		Steve Young (7858)		Mark Rypien (2003)
1990-94		Steve Young (7539)		Jim Kelly (1537)
1989-93		Steve Young (5274)		Joe Montana (2473)
1988-92		Joe Montana (5645)		Joe Montana (1544)
1987-91		Joe Montana (6004)		Bernie Kosar (1409)
1986-90		Joe Montana (6192)		Dan Marino (1470)
1985-89		Joe Montana (6250)		Jim McMahon (1299)
1984-88		Dan Marino (7032)		Dan Marino (2923)
1983-87		Dan Marino (6826)		Joe Theismann (1449)
1982-86		Joe Montana (5839)		Dan Fouts (1738)
1981-85		Joe Montana (6696)		Ken Anderson (2031)
1980-84		Joe Montana (5880)		Dan Fouts (1195)
1979-83		Dan Fouts (5914)		Roger Staubach (1204)
1978-82		Dan Fouts (5812)		Roger Staubach (1311)
1977-81		Dan Fouts (4158)		Roger Staubach (1392)
1976-80		Roger Staubach (4570)		Ken Stabler (1653)
1975-79		Roger Staubach (5696)		Ken Anderson (1505)
1974-78		Roger Staubach (4871)		Ken Stabler (1370)
1973-77		Ken Anderson (4521)		Roman Gabriel (1212)
1972-76		Fran Tarkenton (4325)		Joe Namath (828)
1971-75		Ken Anderson (3668)		Roger Staubach (1394)
1970-74		Fran Tarkenton (3246)		John Brodie (1627)
1969-73		Fran Tarkenton (3453)		Daryle Lamonica (1149)
1968-72		Daryle Lamonica (4263)		Daryle Lamonica (1705)
1967-71		Daryle Lamonica (5308)		Daryle Lamonica (1355)
1966-70		Daryle Lamonica (5090)		Bart Starr (1926)
1965-69		Len Dawson (4469)		Fran Tarkenton (757)
1964-68		Bart Starr (4882)		Johnny Unitas (1153)
1963-67		Bart Starr (4510)		Tobin Rote (1281)
1962-66		Len Dawson (4927)		Len Dawson (1462)
1961-65		Len Dawson (3059)		Sonny Jurgensen (1067)
1960-64		Sonny Jurgensen (2624)		Milt Plum (1545)
1959-63		Johnny Unitas (2841)		Johnny Unitas (1677)
1958-62		Johnny Unitas (3289)		Johnny Unitas (1245)
1957-61		Johnny Unitas (4092)		Johnny Unitas (767)
1956-60		Johnny Unitas (4719)		Charlie Conerly (826)
1955-59		Charlie Conerly (2424)		Otto Graham (1161)
1954-58		Otto Graham (2127)		Otto Graham (966)
1953-57		Otto Graham (3591)		Otto Graham (1463)
1952-56		Otto Graham (4456)		Otto Graham (865)
1951-55		Otto Graham (5137)		Norm Van Brocklin (1104)
1950-54		Otto Graham (5091)		Otto Graham (1115)
1949-53		Norm Van Brocklin (4142)	Johnny Lujack (1147)
1948-52		Johnny Lujack (2223)		Charlie Conerly (1035)
1947-51		Sammy Baugh (2522)		Sammy Baugh (1278)
1946-50		Sammy Baugh (2850)		Sid Luckman (996)
1945-49		Sammy Baugh (4104)		Sammy Baugh (1363)
1944-48		Sammy Baugh (3473)		Frank Filchock (821)
1943-47		Sid Luckman (6385)		Sid Luckman (3331)
1942-46		Sid Luckman (5949)		Cecil Isbell (1523)
1941-45		Sid Luckman (6379)		Sid Luckman (1426)
1940-44		Sid Luckman (5885)		Sammy Baugh (643)
1939-43		Sid Luckman (5915)		Frank Filchock (906)
1938-42		Cecil Isbell (3941)		Ed Danowski (677)
1937-41		Sammy Baugh (1705)		Sammy Baugh (1007)
1936-40		Arnie Herber (1984)		Arnie Herber (1109)
1935-39		Arnie Herber (2223)		Ed Danowski (1050)
1934-38		Arnie Herber (2620)		Arnie Herber (568)
1933-37		Arnie Herber (2372)		Harry Newman (1155)
1932-36		Arnie Herber (2533)		Walt Holmer (458)

Looking at the five year rankings is like watching the evolution of the quarterback position. If we require three straight years of ranking as the top QB over a five-year stretch, you get a who’s who in QB history. We start with Arnie Herber (I was liberal with my definition of a QB) and the Packers, then Sid Luckman and the Bears, Sammy Baugh and the Redskins, Otto Graham and the Browns, and then Unitas and the Colts. Things stalled for a bit, then Lamonica and the Raiders take over, followed almost by Tarkenton and the Vikings but instead by Roger Staubach and America’s Team. He passed the crown to Dan Fouts and the Chargers, who was followed by consecutive 49ers QBs Joe Montana and Steve Young. Then Brett Favre took over, followed by the long reign of King Peyton Manning. He may end up having ten straight years of leading my five-year rankings by the time it’s all over.

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