When you hear the phrase of the “greatest QB of all of time,” what pops into your head? Well, based on the generation of football you were raised in you’ll hear different names. This survey I conducted of 65 random people of all different generations reveal an arousing 35% who say Joe “cool” Montana is the greatest quarterback to step on the turf.
Joe Montana was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft in 1979 to the San Francisco 49ers. In 1979 he took 23 snaps as a starter to begin his career, but for most of the 1979 season he was a backup to quarterback Steve DeBerg. When Montana got his first chance to be a starter in 1981 he led the 49ers to a 13-3 season which would end up being at the time the best season in 49er history.
Montana had arguably one of the most successful careers out of any starting quarterback in the NFL. Taking the 49ers to four Super Bowls – and winning all four – he was a three time Super Bowl MVP and has the highest QB rating in NFL history, with an amazing 127.8. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in the year 2000.
Other names that were mentioned were Terry Bradshaw, Brett Favre, Otto Graham, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and John Elway.
Now for my two cents. When I get questioned on who I think the greatest quarterback of all time is without hesitation I say the name Tom Brady. He was selected in the sixth round of the 1999 NFL draft out of Michigan. Six quarterbacks were taken ahead of Brady in the 1999 draft.
Brady got an early start to his career. In his second year, the former starting Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe got hurt week two of the 2001 season and Brady came in and won the game. It didn’t quite end there, Brady led the team to a 11-5 season which was good enough to take him and the Patriots to the playoffs.
Not only did he take them to the playoffs his first year starting but he also took them to the Super Bowl. The Patriots won the Super Bowl Brady’s first year starting by a score of 20-17 over the highly favored St. Louis Rams. He would go on to win four Super Bowls; Brady is also three Super Bowl MVPs, two time league MVP, 10x pro bowler, and 2 times first team all pro.
Brady also never had the supporting cast around him as other great QB’s had. Peyton Manning had some of the top wide receivers in the league (Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Demaryius Thomas). Brett Favre had Greg Jennings and Donald Driver who used to be a deadly duo back in the day. Joe Montana had one of the best defenses in NFL history and had one of the greatest if not the greatest wide receiver of alltime Jerry Rice. The only target Brady had was Randy Moss for one season.
Every receiver who played with Brady would go unheard of after he left the team. An example is Wes Welker. He had a decent first year in Denver; after that, however, he barely got any touches and got around 600 yards receiving. Another is Deion Branch, who was Brady’s favorite target from 2001-2006 and was even the Super Bowl MVP in 2004. After he left New England, he wasn't heard from again.
The question of the greatest of all time will never be answered. But it will always raise debate: who do you think the greatest of all time is? #News