NFL History: Is Tom Brady the Greatest Quarterback of All Time?

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Jan 13, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) gestures against the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Texans 41-28. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports


It’s the golden age of the quarterback. Elite passers across the league have continued to put up big numbers this season. Even rookies are starting to shine early in their respective careers.

However, while the highlights of the important position has been centered around a new influx of young talent across the league, the players we all know as the best have not disappointed.

Some of them, it is true, match up to the greatest quarterbacks to ever lead an NFL team.

Which begs the question: Who is the best NFL quarterback in history?

Like many sports inquiries, the question is largely subjective. Depending on which era a fan grew up in, and depending on what stats of a quarterback are most important to someone, the answer will most certainly change.

It’s also a question that brings a lot into play. It is very hard to compare the elite passers of history and the modern era because the personnel around them has a large effect. Who had the best receivers? Or who had the best running back to compliment the offense? To make it fair, who has the best offensive weapons.

Joe Montana comes to mind. John Elway, perhaps? Could Dan Marino be considered?

Moving into the modern ages, what about Peyton Manning? Aaron Rodgers is becoming a great quarterback as well.

There’s one name I didn’t mention. And judging by the title, you probably already know who it is.

Tom Brady.

You could make an argument for all of the above prospects, or even others not mentioned. However, you cannot discount the things that Tom Brady has done in his tenure as the New England Patriots’ quarterback.


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