The 10 Greatest Quarterback Seasons in NFL History


Published: March 11, 2009


... because the position is the single most important position in all of professional sports. Maybe it's because I love leaders, and the quarterback is supposed to be the leader of a football team both on and off the field. But mostly it's because quarterbacks always have—and probably always will—received the most praise when a team wins...and the most blame when a team loses.


In the history of the NFL, there have been 1,678 cumulative seasons of quarterback play. The following list includes the most elite of the elite. It's a list so profound, some of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history—John Elway, Brett Favre, Bart Starr, and the immortal Johnny Unitas—didn't make the final cut. Neither did Hall of Fame quarterbacks like Roger Staubach, Jim Kelly, or Terry Bradshaw. No quarterback appears twice on this list, which includes seven Hall of Famers and two future first ballot Hall of Famers.

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