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13. Fran Tarkenton

15. Terry bradshaw

10. bart starr

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The Vikings QB beat defenses with Tarkenton’s arms and legs like no one before – he still ranks fourth in career rushing yards amongst QBs, and eighth in passing. He took Minnesota to three Super Bowls, sadly losing all three. At the time of his retirement, Tarkenton owned every major quarterback record.

Many wax lyrical about Tom Brady beating the odds as a sixth-round pick, but Starr did it as a 17th-round pick in 1956. Won seven titles in total, including the first two as MVP after the Super Bowl era began. His passing numbers aren’t spectacular, but Starr was one of the clutchest quarterbacks of all time.

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How can one of only three four-time Super Bowl champions be so low on this list? A great arm and an excellent leader, but statistically he’s one of the worst QBs here. Although he became a greater focus later in this 1970s dynasty, his rings will always be put down to Pittsburgh’s ‘Steel Curtain’ defense and excellent running game.

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Three Championships, a two-time MVP, the league leader in passer rating six times, holder of the all-time NFL passer rating record and second in rushing touchdowns by a QB. And yet always seems underrated – as the man who followed Joe Montana, he has been labelled the ultimate system QB.

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11. brett Favre

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Not unlike Bradshaw, Aikman’s stats suffer from being on a run-heavy team with a top offensive line. But he was a great passer with a strong arm, a quick release and supreme accuracy. Put Aikman on a pass-heavy team, and he might be considered one of the best ever. Instead, he’ll have to settle for those three championships.

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Favre outside the top 10 might be the biggest upset on this list. The gunslinger was part of only two losing seasons in his career. Reached the playoffs 12 times; won three consecutive NFL MVP awards. Never afraid to make an unconventional play; won games with moments of magic.

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After winning the Heismann Trophy, Staubach had to serve for six years before joining the NFL at 27. Nicknamed ‘Captain America’, he led the Cowboys to the Super Bowl four times in eight seasons as a starter. He’s also responsible for the NFL’s first ever ‘Hail Mary’ – a 50-yard pass to Drew Pearson with 32 seconds left to beat the Vikings in the 1975 playoffs. k

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14. Troy Aikman

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