The NFL quarterback position is the most heralded in all of sports. Quarterbacks control the game, placing them on a pedestal or made the goat. Regardless, everyone is looking for this person to lead. With this responsibility, it’s fun to decide who is great and who is not so great, but what about the greatest? Some have been labeled greatest or even just great without earning it.
In order to make this list you need to be defendable. Someone, somewhere (likely bar setting) has made your case for being great. Some QBs are who they are and they should not be subjected to criticism. Jim McMahon was never the reason the Bears won, he just made sure they didn’t lose. Few debate this and few (if any) insinuate he is the greatest of all time. Same goes for Trent Dilfer – right place, right time. Also, not winning a Super Bowl doesn’t make you overrated. Dan Marino is properly rated as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Who is hard to measure? Steve Young for one, but he has some pretty impressive stats and did fill in some pretty big shoes.