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How many Super Bowl winning quarterbacks are there?

Posted by Chase Stuart on October 28, 2010

On Monday Night Football this week, one of the announcers noted that there are six Super Bowl quarterbacks currently playing in the league. Is that a lot or a little?

A couple of years ago, I noted all the quarterbacks to ever win a Super Bowl in this post. No surprises there, although I split up Super Bowl V between Unitas and Morrall, assigning them each half a win. [Note: Teams win games, not quarterbacks. This goes double for Super Bowls. Disclaimer out of the way.] Once you add in Brees' championship from last season, it's easy enough to see how many quarterbacks in any given season have won the Super Bowl. As it turns out, 2007 and 2008 represents the high-water mark for active bling in the NFL:

Year # QBs Quarterbacks
2010 6 Drew Brees; Eli Manning; Peyton Manning; Ben Roethlisberger; Tom Brady; Brett Favre
2009 6 Eli Manning; Peyton Manning; Ben Roethlisberger; Tom Brady; Kurt Warner; Brett Favre
2008 7 Eli Manning; Peyton Manning; Ben Roethlisberger; Brad Johnson; Tom Brady; Kurt Warner; Brett Favre
2007 7 Peyton Manning; Ben Roethlisberger; Brad Johnson; Tom Brady; Trent Dilfer; Kurt Warner; Brett Favre
2006 5 Ben Roethlisberger; Brad Johnson; Tom Brady; Kurt Warner; Brett Favre
2005 5 Brad Johnson; Tom Brady; Trent Dilfer; Kurt Warner; Brett Favre
2004 5 Brad Johnson; Tom Brady; Trent Dilfer; Kurt Warner; Brett Favre
2003 5 Brad Johnson; Tom Brady; Trent Dilfer; Kurt Warner; Brett Favre
2002 4 Tom Brady; Trent Dilfer; Kurt Warner; Brett Favre
2001 4 Trent Dilfer; Kurt Warner; Brett Favre; Mark Rypien
2000 3 Kurt Warner; Brett Favre; Troy Aikman
1999 3 Brett Favre; Steve Young; Troy Aikman
1998 4 John Elway; Brett Favre; Steve Young; Troy Aikman
1997 5 Brett Favre; Steve Young; Troy Aikman; Mark Rypien; Jeff Hostetler
1996 5 Steve Young; Troy Aikman; Mark Rypien; Jeff Hostetler; Jim McMahon
1995 5 Steve Young; Troy Aikman; Mark Rypien; Jeff Hostetler; Jim McMahon
1994 5 Troy Aikman; Mark Rypien; Jeff Hostetler; Jim McMahon; Joe Montana
1993 6 Troy Aikman; Mark Rypien; Jeff Hostetler; Phil Simms; Jim McMahon; Joe Montana
1992 5 Mark Rypien; Jeff Hostetler; Phil Simms; Jim McMahon; Joe Montana
1991 3 Jeff Hostetler; Phil Simms; Jim McMahon
1990 3 Phil Simms; Jim McMahon; Joe Montana
1989 4 Doug Williams; Phil Simms; Jim McMahon; Joe Montana
1988 4 Doug Williams; Phil Simms; Jim McMahon; Joe Montana
1987 3 Phil Simms; Jim McMahon; Joe Montana
1986 3 Jim McMahon; Joe Montana; Jim Plunkett
1985 3 Joe Theismann; Joe Montana; Jim Plunkett
1984 4 Joe Theismann; Joe Montana; Jim Plunkett; Ken Stabler
1983 5 Joe Theismann; Joe Montana; Jim Plunkett; Ken Stabler; Terry Bradshaw
1982 4 Joe Montana; Jim Plunkett; Ken Stabler; Terry Bradshaw
1981 3 Jim Plunkett; Ken Stabler; Terry Bradshaw
1980 3 Ken Stabler; Terry Bradshaw; Bob Griese
1979 4 Ken Stabler; Terry Bradshaw; Bob Griese; Roger Staubach
1978 4 Ken Stabler; Terry Bradshaw; Bob Griese; Roger Staubach
1977 5 Ken Stabler; Terry Bradshaw; Bob Griese; Roger Staubach; Joe Namath
1976 4.5 Terry Bradshaw; Bob Griese; Roger Staubach; Earl Morrall; Joe Namath
1975 5.5 Terry Bradshaw; Bob Griese; Roger Staubach; Earl Morrall; Len Dawson; Joe Namath
1974 4.5 Bob Griese; Roger Staubach; Earl Morrall; Len Dawson; Joe Namath
1973 5 Bob Griese; Roger Staubach; Johnny Unitas; Earl Morrall; Len Dawson; Joe Namath
1972 4 Roger Staubach; Johnny Unitas; Earl Morrall; Len Dawson; Joe Namath
1971 4 Johnny Unitas; Earl Morrall; Len Dawson; Joe Namath; Bart Starr
1970 3 Len Dawson; Joe Namath; Bart Starr
1969 2 Joe Namath; Bart Starr
1968 1 Bart Starr
1967 1 Bart Starr
1966 0

The least impressive year was probably 1981. After Griese retired, you had just three QBs that had won a Super Bowl playing that year: a 32-year-old Terry Bradshaw, one year away from retirement; a 36-year-old Ken Stabler playing for the Oilers; and Jim Plunkett, and career underachieving Jim Plunkett, owner of a 43-55 record at that time. Although 1991 is pretty close: only three active quarterbacks with rings, and two played for the same team.

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