THE 55 GREATEST QUARTERBACKS IN NFL HISTORY

Jay C. Brandriet         8/9/18

I am starting to smell Autumn. Welcome back football. I saw my first NFL game in the early 1980’s. It’s not like I’ve seen all of NFL history in real-time. I’m trying to rank the 55 greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. By naming only 55 guys, I’ll be leaving off several elite players and champions.

 

#55- PHIL SIMMS (1979-93)

#54- RICH GANNON (1987-04)

#53- MATT HASSELBECK (1999-15)

#52- MARK BRUNELL (1994-11)

#51- JOE FLACCO (Active)

#50- CARSON PALMER (2004-17)

#49- KEN ANDERSON (1971-83)

#48- ROMAN GABRIEL (1962-77)

#47- JOHN HADL (1962-77)

#46- MATTHEW STAFFORD (Active)

Stafford is a quiet record breaker. He’s about to start climbing this list.

 

 

 

 

 

#45- CAM NEWTON (Active)

#44- ANDREW LUCK (Active)

#43- MICHAEL VICK (2001-15)

Vick was one of the most electric runners at any position in history. He was so good at it, his 22,000 passing yards almost feel like a bonus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#42- TONY ROMO (2004-16)

#41- BOOMER ESIASON (1984-97)

#40- DARYLE LAMONICA (1963-74)

#39- RUSSELL WILSON (Active)

#38- MATT RYAN (Active)

#37- STEVE MCNAIR (1995-07)

#36- DREW BLEDSOE (1993-06)

#35- PHILIP RIVERS (Active)

Rivers is a competitor. He is closing in on Hall of Fame status.

 

 

 

 

 

#34- SID LUCKMAN (1939-50)

#33- BOB GRIESE (1967-80)

#32- KEN STABLER (1970-84)

#31- RANDALL CUNNINGHAM (1985-01)

#30- JOE NAMATH (1965-77)

#29- DAN FOUTS (1973-87)

#28- ELI MANNING (Active)

#27- DONOVAN MCNABB (1999-11)

On winning Eagles teams, McNabb carried several of his offenses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#26- Y.A. TITTLE (1948-64)

#25- SONNY JURGENSEN (1957-74)

#24- BOBBY LAYNE (1948-62)

#23- NORM VAN BROCKLIN (1949-60)

#22- LEN DAWSON (1957-75)

#21- WARREN MOON (1984-00)

#20- JIM KELLY (1986-96)

#19- KURT WARNER (1998-09)

#18- BEN ROETHLISBERGER (Active)

#17- FRAN TARKENTON (1961-78)

My Uncle Dale Rogness observed football through a detailed lens. He made sure that I saw Tarkenton clearly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#16- TERRY BRADSHAW (1970-83)

#15- BART STARR (1956-71)

#14- TROY AIKMAN (1989-00)

#13- SAMMY BAUGH (1937-52)

#12- BRETT FAVRE (1991-10)

#11- DREW BREES (Active)

#10- STEVE YOUNG (1985-99)

Aikman was deadly accurate. Elway had amazing arm strength. Nobody played cleaner than Young. He also had running back skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9- DAN MARINO (1983-99)

#8- OTTO GRAHAM (1946-55)

#7- AARON RODGERS (Active)

#6- ROGER STAUBACH (1969-79)

Captain Comeback.. Among players, Roger Staubach remains the face of the Dallas Cowboys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5- JOHNNY UNITAS (1956-73)

#4- JOHN ELWAY (1983-98)

#3- PEYTON MANNING (1998-15)

#2- JOE MONTANA (1979-94)

Tom is to fire what Joe was to cool. Montana had 11 TD’s and zero picks in four Super Bowls. Brady has been Joe Montana level, for a longer period of time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#1- TOM BRADY (Active)

 

Jay C. Brandriet

 

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HOW MANY MORE TITLES WILL LEBRON JAMES WIN?

Jay C. Brandriet

8/2/18

How many more titles will LeBron James win? How many more does he need to win? Some say his June success is over. We could be technical and say he doesn’t “need” to win anymore. He is after all a record-breaking, three-time champion. If he stayed put on that total, James would have top two to five player of all time status locked up. LBJ has bigger goals than that. For the path this King is on, winning big is still a requirement.

At the end of his fifth pro season in 2008, James had yet to play on a Finals winning team. He was over passive at times, and many media members crushed him daily. At that point, I thought LeBron was an NBA legend. I predicted he would end his career with four rings. That number seemed to be a fair goal for this phenom.

Three titles won’t be quite good enough for LeBron.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Fall, LeBron will play his 16th season in the league. He’s at the end of his prime. His drop from being the best player, will be a slow leak. James changing teams provides advantages to his legacy. It’s lame in some ways as he recharges with new groups of talent. It’s brilliant in other ways because he proves his adaptability to different situations. Every time he leaves a city, it creates celebration dividers for his story. The mobility enhances his brand. King James is wearing the basketball world down with his relevance. Being a champ in a third city will be his fans claim to justify why he is the greatest. It may be a more muddy road than MJ took, but many will see James fourth chip as “G.O.A.T. like status.”

This means LeBron needs one more ring. I think he will get two.

 

Jay C. Brandriet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jay C. Brandriet