Certainly, this is another subjective list, but it’s hard to argue with the Green Bay Packers as the franchise with the best quarterbacks in NFL history.
The important thing to note here is quarterbacks is plural, so this isn’t a Johnny Unitas vs. Joe Montana argument. NFL.com’s Dave Dameshek recently took a look at every NFL franchises’ top five quarterbacks and pitted the top franchises against each other in an NFL-style playoff.
The Packers, with [intlink id=”41″ type=”category”]Brett Favre[/intlink], [intlink id=”25″ type=”category”]Aaron Rodgers[/intlink], [intlink id=”327″ type=”category”]Bart Starr[/intlink], Lynn Dickey, and Don Majkowski, defeated the [intlink id=”196″ type=”category”]Indianapolis Colts[/intlink] top five of Johnny Unitas, Peyton Manning, Bert Jones, Earl Morrall and Jim Harbaugh.
From top to bottom, the Packers are nearly untouchable. The list features a Hall of Famer, a future Hall of Famer, a potential Hall of Famer and two guys who threw for over 4,000 yards in a season. It also excludes another Hall of Famer.
It’s interesting Dameshek, who obviously isn’t a student of history, included Majkowski and Dickey over Hall of Famer [intlink id=”1450″ type=”category”]Arnie Herber[/intlink], the Packers signal caller from 1930-40.
Earlier this year, NFL.com’s Adam Best made his list of the top quarterbacks in Packers’ history. His list, in order: Starr, Herber, Favre, Rodgers, Dickey, Majkowski.
The other playoff teams and their quarterbacks were:
[intlink id=”140″ type=”category”]Dallas Cowboys[/intlink] (Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach, Tony Romo, Danny White, Don Meredith)
Washington Redskins (Sammy Baugh, Sonny Jurgensen, Joe Theismann, Mark Rypien, Billy Kilmer)
[intlink id=”35″ type=”category”]Minnesota Vikings[/intlink] (Fran Tarkenton, Daunte Culpepper, Tommy Kramer, Brett Favre, Randall Cunningham)
[intlink id=”234″ type=”category”]New Orleans Saints[/intlink] (Drew Brees, Archie Manning, Bobby Hebert, Aaron Brooks, Jim Everett)
[intlink id=”89″ type=”category”]San Francisco 49ers[/intlink] (Joe Montana, Steve Young, John Brodie, Jeff Garcia, Y.A. Tittle)
Miami Dolphins (Dan Marino, Bob Griese, Jay Fiedler, David Woodley, Earl Morrall)
New England Patriots (Tom Brady, Drew Bledsoe, Steve Grogan, Tony Eason, Babe Parilli)
[intlink id=”386″ type=”category”]Pittsburgh Steelers[/intlink] (Ben Roethlisberger, Terry Bradshaw, Neil O’Donnell, Kordell Stewart, Bobby Layne)
[intlink id=”756″ type=”category”]San Diego Chargers[/intlink] (Dan Fouts, Phil Rivers, John Hadl, Drew Brees, Stan Humphries)
[intlink id=”29″ type=”category”]Oakland Raiders[/intlink] (Kenny Stabler, Jim Plunkett, Rich Gannon, Daryle Lamonica, Tom Flores)