As the NFL prepares to embark upon its historic 100th season, compiling a list such as this presents a grand opportunity to pay tribute to 25 of the very best quarterbacks who have ever played in the world’s greatest sports league.
Make no mistake about it, not only is the starting quarterback the most important position on any team, it is also the most important position in any team sport (besides hockey goalie), along with being the most difficult to master and only at a higher level. Therefore, when a list such as this rates the top quarterbacks, we’re ranking some of the top players in the game.
One term you won’t be reading on this list is “G.O.A.T’ which for decades referred to the schlub player who blew the game. Think Sleepy Floyd versus North Carolina in 1982, Bill Buckner versus the Mets in 1986 and Leon Lett versus the football in 1993. That’s what “goat” used to mean, before it mutated into today’s lazy acronym that just sounds wrong whenever associated with a great player.
So leave the farm animals to Old McDonald, and let’s start the countdown to true professional football greatness: