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6. John elway D e n V e r B r o n C o S | 1 98 3 -1 9 98 2 x S u p e r B ow l , 1 x S u p e r B ow l M V p, 3 x S u p e r B ow l r u n n e r - u p

Like another Broncos Super Bowl winner coming up, Elway suffered from heartbreaking playoff losses that almost derailed his legacy. Some will say it’s saved by winning two rings late on thanks to the great running back Terrell Davis, but his scrambling was excellent, his deep ball was wonderful, and the fact he is sickeningly successful at everything he does means he’ll be furious at making only the top six here. Wonder if he’s reading?

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8. Drew Brees

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If you’re new to the NFL, you have had the genuine privilege to watch some of the very best of all time doing it – and Aaron Rodgers has perhaps the greatest arm, the deepest talent and the most supreme physical gifts of any QB in NFL history. He is already arguably the greatest quarterback ever to watch, but could he finish his career at number one on this list? More discipline in his play, partnered with a couple more wins in the big game, and there’s every chance.

Do whatever you can to get a ticket to Wembley in October, to see a guaranteed Hall-of-Famer do his thing. Some knock Brees with claims of inflated stats or lack of postseason success, but how do you argue with the 19 different all-time quarterback passing records he currently holds? Brees has no fewer than five seasons during which he’s passed more than 5,000 yards. The most for any other quarterback? One.

5. Dan Marino M i a M i D o l p h i n S | 1 98 3 -1 9 9 9 1 x S u p e r B ow l r u n n e r - u p, 1 x n F l M V p

Part of the great draft of 1983 that’s already seen John Elway and Jim Kelly on this list, Marino was the best of the group – but he will go down as the greatest QB never to win a Super Bowl. He was the first to pass for 5,000 yards in a season, first to throw 40 touchdowns in a year and supreme in primetime (20 wins on Monday Night Football). The great shame is that he never had a great receiver or offense around him to augment his unquestionable talent.

7. Johnny unitas Ba lt i M o r e C o lt S, Sa n D i e g o C h a r g e r S

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NFL historians will be livid that Unitas is only seventh on our list, but with so many achievements coming before the Super Bowl era, this placing is a credit to his legacy. Originally cut by the Steelers before signing in Baltimore – he didn’t start until midseason and his first pass was picked off for a touchdown – but he turned his legacy around with his performance in ‘The Greatest Game Ever Played’ – the Colts’ 1958 Championship win over the New York Giants.

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