Joe Namath had the first 4,000-yard passing season. Fouts had the second, third and fourth for the explosive San Diego offenses.
He retired with NFL records for completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns. Went to three Super Bowls and beat teams with legs as well as arm. (Getty Images)
He led the league in passing six times. Only Steve Young has done that. It’s tough to compare eras, but he belongs on the list. (Baltimore Sun)
Won five Canadian Grey Cups in six years before the NFL beckoned. Went to nine Pro Bowls with the Oilers. (AP)
The monotone mind of the great Packers teams. Again, had a lot of talent around him but did win four titles in five years. (Getty Images)
Won more games than any QB in the 1990s and has the highest passer rating in his three Super Bowl wins at 111.9 (Getty Images)
He’s close to finishing in the top five of every major passing category and lifted the Saints to greatness and a Super Bowl title upon his arrival. ()
Picked up off the scrap heap twice to lead St. Louis and later Arizona to the Super Bowl. Owns top three pass-yardage totals in Super Bowl history. (Chicago Tribune)
Retired with the highest quarterback rating and was the first mobile quarterback to win the Super Bowl (twice). (Getty Images)
The third QB to have four Super Bowl rings doesn’t get his due because of talent around him, but he was MVP in two of those Super Bowls. (Getty Images)
Was the mastermind of the great Cowboy teams of the ‘70s. Led the NFC in passing six straight years. Missed four years to the Navy and only started at 29. (Getty Images)
Before you play the old-guy card, remember he took the Browns to 10 straight titles games, winning seven of them. (Getty Images)
He’s still writing his chapter, so it’s hard to say where it ends. But his dominant efficiency and resiliency has one title and can expect more.
Retired with records for passing yards, touchdowns and consecutive starts. One Super Bowl ring. Three MVP awards. (Getty Images)
He changed the game with 48 TD passes in 1984 and kept throwing in a way that lifted the franchise. No Super Bowl ring, but not much defense many of those years. (Sun Sentinel file)
Three MVP awards, two titles and the proclaimed inventor of the two-minute offense to catapult football into a passing era. (Getty Images)
Superb athlete who went to five Super Bowls, winning his final two. Stat that defined him is he’s third in all-time winning drives. (Getty Images)
Manning is the best tactician to play the position. Besides the requisite numbers, he’s won five MVP awards, taken two teams to Super Bowls and has two wins. Average post-season (13-12 record) keeps him from moving higher.
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Four Super Bowl rings and momentous comebacks from the pass to Dwight Clark in the NFC title game to John Taylor to win the Super Bowl. (Getty Images)
Five Super Bowl rings. Four Super Bowl most valuable player awards. Nine AFC championships. Twenty-seven playoff wins. All this with an ever-changing supporting cast.