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The Top 20

Quarterbacks On Sunday, Tom Brady bids to be the first quarterback in NFL history to win five Super Bowls. Is he the best ever? We asked the experts at Gridiron magazine for the 20 greatest QBs of the Super Bowl era Words Will Gavin Sunday NFL | Super Bowl LI: New England Patriots @ Atlanta Falcons | Sky Sports 1, 10pm

18. dan fouts sa n d i e g o C H a r g e r s | 1 9 7 3 -1 987 1 x nfl MVp

20. Jim Kelly B u f fa lo B i l l s | 1 986 -1 996

Fouts, one of the most prolific QBs during the 1970s and ’80s, never quite led the Chargers to a Super Bowl during his 15-year career, but what a passer. Breaking the passing yardage record in three consecutive seasons, he led the league in every major passing category at least once in his career. And he had the best beard ever seen on a quarterback.

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17. warren Moon H o u s to n o i l e r s, M i n n e s ota V i K i n g s, s e at t l e s e a H aw Ks, K a n sa s C i t y C H i e f s 1 984-2 000 | 1 x n f l M V p

The most unfortunate QB on this list, Kelly was an integral part of a powerful Bills offense in the 1990s. Immensely talented and with the intelligence to run a prolific no-huddle offense, he turned his team into a dynasty – one that went to four consecutive Super Bowls, in fact, but lost the lot.

Would be higher on this list if he hadn’t spent six years in Canada at the start of his career. Shattered records there before leading the NFL in passing twice, making nine Pro Bowls and taking home the MVP award in 1990. The first black QB to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

19. Kurt warner

16. Ben roethlisberger

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The first active QB on the list. Suffers from the fact that, early in his career, he was more of a game manager. But his development into a pocket passer in the past five years, and his downfield throwing ability, make him a must-pick. One more ring as an offensive focal point, and he could be top 10.

Plucked from the obscurity of NFL Europe to lead a Rams’ team known as ‘The Greatest Show on Turf’ to victory at Super Bowl XXXIV in his first season as a starter. Warner’s later resurgence in Arizona, leading another perennial loser to the Super Bowl, lands him on this list.

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