It’s the offseason, so its prime season for all-time ranking lists of all kinds. Elliot Harrison of NFL.com ranked the 25 best quarterbacks of all-time and the Denver Broncos had both of their Super Bowl winning quarterbacks in the Top 10.
The top two were Tom Brady and Joe Montana, which are probably good choices there. Brady has been to more Super Bowls than any two quarterbacks and Montana led the first true football dynasty with the San Francisco 49ers. At number three, former Broncos and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning made the list.
From there, I begin to disagree. John Elway comes in at ninth and while I could easily homer him into the Top 5, I decided to be more realistic. After Manning came Johnny Unitas, Otto Graham, and Drew Brees. I like the homage paid to NFL history, but after Brees I would argue Elway belongs no lower than seventh here. Dan Marino and Roger Staubach had Hall of Fame careers, but one could only find success in the regular season and the other didn’t have much in the way of statistical success. Elway had both success in the playoffs with five Super Bowl appearances and outstanding statistical success.
What do you think? Is Elway ranked slightly lower than he should be here?