17. Fran Tarkenton
If you (or your Dad) were fortunate enough to grow up in the greatest decade of them all, the 1970’s, then you might have some sweet memories of Monday Night Football’s Howard Cosell delineating the greatness of “Sir Francis” leading the Vikings to victory after victory.
Even though Tarkenton always came up short in Super Bowls against superior AFC defenses (the AFC ruled the ‘70’s like the way the NFC would later rule the 80’s and most of the 90’s), there is no denying his greatness. With his combination of sure-fire passing and big-gain scrambling, one could reasonably argue Francis Asbury Tarkenton was the best quarterback in the NFL from 1973-to-1978, his final year.