Super Bowl Sunday has become the unofficial holiday in the United States. It's by far the biggest sporting event in the country. Over 80 million people will watch the Super Bowl. Some people might watch the Super Bowl for the goofy commercials, or because it is the family tradition, where as others will watch for the excitement of who will be the world champion at the end of the night. It's a great time in sports. Any football lover will make sure they're glued to their seats, and snacking on hot wings around 6 PM right before kickoff is about to start.
When it comes to marveling at the athletes who have played in America's pastime sport, it always starts at the quarterback position. Most importantly, what they've done in the Super Bowl is what forever judges their playing career. When we look back at the history of the grandest stage in sports, we like to recall the winning quarterbacks who've shined in the biggest spotlight. The greatest players in the world who embark on becoming legends of their time do it at the Super Bowl. There's nothing quite liking watching a quarterback orchestrating a sympathy, as hall of fame Super Bowl MVP quarterback Steve Young puts it when a great quarterback is dominating a game of football. So let's look back at the top 5 greatest Super Bowl quarterbacks.
Top 5 Greatest Super Bowl Quarterbacks of All-Time
This list I'v constructed of the top 5 greatest Super Bowl quarterbacks of all-time includes all the greatest quarterbacks who've ever played, and factors in their impact in the Super Bowl. Only multiple Super Bowl winners are listed. This isn't a list of the greatest Quarterbacks of all-time, but just a list of the greatest Super Bowl Quarterbacks. Some big names have lived and died on this stage. Some of the greatest players of all-time never even won a Super Bowl. These top 5 are the ultimate champions when it comes to playing the most critical position in all of sports.Â
1.) Joe MontanaÂ - Where do you begin when you mention the name Joe Montana? He's a hall of fame QB that's widely viewed as the greatest QB of all-time. He most certainly, without any debate, is the greatest Super Bowl quarterback ever. He's one of only two QBs to throw for 5 touchdowns in a Super Bowl. The only other to have thrown for more is former teammate San Francisco 49ers Steve Young. Joe Montana has never thrown an interception in the Super Bowl.
Joe Montana was a little undersized coming out of Notre Dame, and had questionable arm strength. Coming out of Notre Dame he was never highly regarded as a top-notch talent. Joe would never break a sweat when his team called upon him. He was the ultimate cool guy that never feared anything when the pressure what at its peak. Joe Montana help modernize the quarterback position. Montana lead his teams to 31 comeback wins during his career. Montana is also a three time Super Bowl MVP, the most by any player. The name Joe Montana forever remains in the football folklore as one of the greatest Super Bowl icon figures.
2.) Tom Brady - The number 199th pick of the NFL draft was never meant to win a Super Bowl, let alone become one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. came to the Patriots in 2000 as the fourth string quarterback. On September 23, 2001, starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe got hurt. An unknown Tom Brady relieved him, and went on to remain the teams starting quarterback for the rest of the year. Brady went on to lead the Patriots to their first ever Super Bowl that season, and was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXXVI. Tom Brady is known as the ultimate competitor. He's an accurate passer, poised is the pocket, and one of the most intelligent quarterbacks to have ever played the position. He's without a doubt one of the most clutch Super Bowl quarterbacks of all-time. With the game tied, and a minute and no timeouts remaining in Super Bowl XXXVI, he lead his team down the field against the St. Louis Rams for the game winning field goal. From then on he was forever was known as a clutch quarterback.
Tom Brady has won three Super Bowls, and has been to four. He's a two-time Super Bowl MVP. Brady in 2007 was about to do something that no other team has ever done in Super Bowl history other than the 1972 Miami Dolphins. He was on the verge of leading his New England Patriots to an undefeated season. Unfortunately for Brady and the Patriots, reaching that undefeated season and capturingÂ his fourth Super Bowl ring came up short. Late in the 4th quarter, a miraculous touchdown drive lead by New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning cost Brady his fourth championship ring. Nevertheless, the future hall of fame quarterback is currently still active, and has a chance to add on to his already superb legacy.
3.) Roger Staubach - Roger Staubach is widely considered by many to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. The Dallas Cowboys quickly became known as "America's Team" under the Navy Heisman winner from Cincinnati, Ohio. He's only one of four Heisman winners to ever win the Super Bowl MVP. Staubach has been to four Super Bowls in his hall of fame career, and has lead the Cowboys to two Super Bowl wins. Three out of four of Staubach's Super Bowl appearances, he posted a QB rating higher than 100. When the lights shine bright, Staubach's game spoke was the brightest. Staubach was known for his late game comebacks in fourth quarters, his mobility to dodge defensive players, and his toughness physically and as a competitor.Â Staubach was an extremely athletic QB, with a combination of superb passing skills that would become the iconic face of the Dallas Cowboys in the 1970s.
4.) Terry Bradshaw - Terry Bradshaw is only one of two quarterbacks to have one won four Super Bowls. He just like Joe Montana has never been beaten in a Super Bowl as well. If most people were making a list of top-5 quarterbacks of all-time, Bradshaw's name might not make many lists. He probably isn't anyones textbook definition of a perfect quarterback. However, the Louisiana native was a born competitor who lead the Steelers to some of the most demolishing Super Bowl victories in the 70s. Bradshaw is one of five players to have ever thrown for 4 or more touchdowns in a Super Bowl game. The hall of fame QB is without a doubt one of the greatest Super Bowl quarterbacks of all-time, and he's without a doubt the winningest Super Bowl QB along with Joe Montana. Terry was never the most prolific passer despite having a powerful arm, but was a scrappy QB that always got the job done. His biggest performances always came in the post season and the Super Bowl.
5.) Jim Plunkett - Jim Plunkett lead the Oakland Raiders to two Super Bowl wins during his tenure. He was a quiet spoken guy that kept to himself. It was a tough decision to pick between Plunkett, and quite a few other hall of fame quarterbacks who rightfully could be sitting at number 5. Plunkett is the only one outside of Tom Brady(who's still an active player) that's not in the hall of fame. Plunkett holds the third highest Super Bowl quarterback rating of all-time at 145 for a single game performance. He's a two-time Super Bowl winner who has never been beaten in the Super Bowl. He's also tied for third place for the longest touchdown pass in Super Bowl history. Plunkett had a rocket arm, and became the staple of the Oakland Raiders being a two-time Super Bowl winning team. He was also Super Bowl MVP.
Honorable Mentions: Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Kurt Warner, Ben Roethlisberger, and John Elway.
All-Time Winning Super Bowl Quarterbacks
1.) Joe Montana - 4-0
2.) Terry Bradshow - 4-0
3.) Troy Aikman - 3-0
4.) *Tom Brady - 3-1
5.) Jim Plunkett - 2-0
6.) Bart Starr - 2-0
7.) *Ben Roethlisberger - 2-0
8.) Bob Griese - 2-1
9.) Roger Staubach - 2-2
10.) John Elway - 2-3
Super Bowl Quarterback Records
Highest Passing Percentage in a Game: 88%, Phil Simms
Highest Passing Percentage for Career: 70%, Troy Aikman
Highest Passer Rating for Career: 127.8, Joe Montana
Highest Passer Rating in a Game: 150.8, Phil Simms
Most Completions in a Game: 32, Tom Brady and Drew Brees
Most Completions for Career: 100, Tom Brady
Most Passing Yards in a Game: 414, Kurt Warner
Most Passing Yards for Career: 1,156, Kurt Warner
Most Touchdowns in a Game: 6, Steve Young
Most Touchdowns for Career: 11, Joe Montana