Special Report

30 Best Quarterbacks of All Time

Source: Al Bello / Hulton Archive via Getty Images

30. Jim Kelly
> Team(s): Buffalo Bills
> Years active: 1986-1996
> Championships: 0
> Honors: 5 Pro Bowls, Hall of Fame

Jim Kelly is the only quarterback to lead a team to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances. He is also the only quarterback to lose four consecutive Super Bowls. When he retired after 11 NFL seasons, he was No. 10 on the career passing yardage list (35,467), and his QB rating of 84.4 was sixth highest at the time.

29. Norm Van Brocklin
> Team(s): Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles
> Years active: 1949-1960
> Championships: 1
> Honors: 9x Pro Bowls, 1x MVP, Hall of Fame

Norm Van Brocklin still holds the record for most passing yards in one game at 554, in a 54-14 win with the Los Angeles Rams over the New York Yanks on Sept. 28, 1951. From 1950 to 1952, the future Hall of Famer split time at quarterback with Bob Waterfield, also a future Hall of Famer. The team won the 1951 NFL Championship, with Waterfield taking on the bulk of passing duties.

Van Brocklin got his moment in the sun after going to Philadelphia — leading the Eagles to the NFL Championship and winning NFL MVP in 1960.

Source: Wikimedia Commons

28. Roger Staubach
> Team(s): Dallas Cowboys
> Years active: 1969-1979
> Championships: 2
> Honors: 6x Pro Bowl, Hall of Fame

Although Roger Staubach was drafted in 1964 out of the U.S. Naval Academy, he didn’t begin his NFL career until 1969, after completing his military service. In 11 seasons, he started in four Super Bowls, winning two. He led the league in passer rating four times (1971, 73, 78, and 79). He was the first of four players to win both the Heisman Trophy and be named Super Bowl MVP (Jim Plunkett, Marcus Allen and Desmond Howard).

Source: Getty Images

27. Ken Stabler
> Team(s): Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers
> Years active: 1970-1984
> Championships: 1
> Honors: 4x Pro Bowl, 1x MVP, Hall of Fame

Ken Stabler, who was elected to the Hall of Fame posthumously in 2016, led the Oakland Raiders to five straight AFC title games (1973-77) and the Super Bowl title in 1977. When he retired, he was No. 2 on the career pass completion percentage list (59.8). He’s 26th on the all-time game-winning drive list, with 26.

Source: Courtesy of Donruss

26. Len Dawson
> Team(s): Kansas City Chiefs, PIttsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns
> Years active: 1957-1975
> Championships: 1
> Honors: 7x Pro Bowl, Hall of Fame

In addition to winning a Super Bowl, Len Dawson led the Kansas City Chiefs to two pre-Super Bowl AFL titles in 1962 and 1966. The Hall of Famer was the highest rated quarterback in AFL history, and his 182 TD passes from 1962-69 were more than any other pro quarterback during that time. An incredibly accurate passer, Dawson led the NFL in completion percentage for eight seasons, and led the league in touchdown passes four times.

Sponsored: Tips for Investing

A financial advisor can help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of investment properties. Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to three financial advisors who serve your area, and you can interview your advisor matches at no cost to decide which one is right for you. If you’re ready to find an advisor who can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.

Investing in real estate can diversify your portfolio. But expanding your horizons may add additional costs. If you’re an investor looking to minimize expenses, consider checking out online brokerages. They often offer low investment fees, helping you maximize your profit.