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1. Joe Montana played in the NFL for 16 seasons, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers. He also briefly played for the Kansas City Chiefs. After winning a college national championship at Notre Dame, Montana started his NFL career in 1979 with San Francisco, where he played for the next 14 seasons. Montana started and won four Super Bowls and was the first player ever to have been named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player three times. He also holds Super Bowl career records for most passes without an interception (122 in 4 games) and the all-time highest quarterback rating of 127.8. Montana was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, his first year of eligibility. In 1989, and again in 1990, the Associated Press named Montana the NFL Most Valuable Player, and Sports Illustrated magazine named Montana the 1990 "Sportsman of the Year". Four years earlier, in 1986, Montana won the AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award. Montana was elected to eight Pro Bowls, as well as being voted 1st team All-Pro by the AP in 1987, 1989, and 1990. Montana had the highest passer rating in the National Football Conference (NFC) five times (1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1989); and, in both 1987 and 1989, Montana had the highest passer rating in the entire NFL. Noted for his ability to remain calm under pressure, Montana helped his teams to 31 fourth quarter come-from-behind wins. In the closing moments of the 1981 NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XXIII, Montana threw game-winning touchdown passes. The touchdown at the end of the championship game was so memorable that sports journalists, fans, and many others, refer to the play simply as "The Catch". The touchdown in the closing moments of Super Bowl XXIII came at the end of a 92-yard drive with only 36 seconds left on the game clock. The 49ers retired the number 16, the jersey number Montana wore while with the team. In 1993, Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs and led the franchise to its first AFC Championship Game i

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4. John Elway played college football at Stanford and his entire 16-year professional career with the Denver Broncos. At the time of his retirement in early 1999, Elway recorded the most victories by a starting quarterback and statistically was the second most prolific passer in NFL history. He was also a prolific rusher of the ball, being one of only two players ever to score a rushing touchdown in four different Super Bowls (the other being Thurman Thomas) and the only quarterback to do so. Elway set several career records for passing attempts and completions while at Stanford and also received All-American honors. He was the first selection in the 1983 NFL Draft, famously known as the quarterback class of 1983, where he was taken by the Baltimore Colts before being traded to the Denver Broncos. In January 1987, Elway embarked on one of the most notable performances in sports and in NFL history, helping engineer a 98-yard, game-tying touchdown drive in the AFC Championship Gameagainst the Cleveland Browns. The moment is known in National Football League lore as "The Drive." Following that game in Cleveland, Elway and the Broncos lost in Super Bowl XXI to the New York Giants. After two more Super Bowl losses, the Broncos entered a period of decline; however, that ended during the 1997 season, as Elway and Denver won their first Super Bowl title by defeating the Green Bay Packers 3124 in Super Bowl XXXII. The Broncos repeated as champions the following season in Super Bowl XXXIII by defeating the Atlanta Falcons 3419. Elway was voted MVP of that Super Bowl, which was the last game of his career, and in doing so Elway set a then-record five Super Bowl starts which was broken in February 2015 when Tom Brady of the New England Patriots started Super Bowl XLIX. As Denver's quarterback, Elway led his teams to six AFC Championship Games and five Super Bowls, winning two. After his retirement as a player, he served as Executive VP/GM of the Broncos which won four divisi

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11. Fran Tarkenton played in the NFL for 18 seasons and spent the majority of his career with the Minnesota Vikings. Tarkenton's tenure with the Vikings spanned 14 non-consecutive seasons, playing with the team for six seasons from 1961 to 1966, and then for seven seasons from 1972 to 1978. In between his years in Minnesota, Tarkenton was a member of the New York Giants for four seasons. At the time of his retirement, Tarkenton owned every major quarterback record. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986. (AP Photo)

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14. Roger Staubach attended the U.S. Naval Academy where he won the 1963 Heisman Trophy, and after graduation he served in the U.S. Navy, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Staubach joined the Dallas Cowboys in 1969 and played with the club during all 11 seasons of his career. He led the team to the Super Bowl five times, four as the starting quarterback. He led the Cowboys to victories in Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl XII. Staubach was named Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl VI, becoming the first of four players to win both the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP, along with Jim Plunkett, Marcus Allen and Desmond Howard. He was named to the Pro Bowl six times during his 11-year NFL career. (AP Photo)

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12. Bart Starr played for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) from 1956 through 1971. Starr is the only quarterback in NFL history to lead a team to five league championships (196162, 196567), as well as Super Bowls I and II. As the Packers' head coach, he was less successful, compiling a 52763 (.408) record from 1975 through 1983. Starr was named the Most Valuable Player of the first two Super Bowls and earned four Pro Bowl selections. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Packers Hall of Fame in 1977. He won the league MVP award in 1966. Starr has the highest playoff passer rating (104.8) of any quarterback in NFL history and a playoff record of 91. His career completion percentage of 57.4 was an NFL best when he retired in 1972.[3] Starr also held the Packers' franchise record for games played (196) for 32 years, through the 2003 season. Starr played college football at the University of Alabama and was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 17th round of the 1956 NFL draft (200th overall). (AP Photo)

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10. Johnny Unitas spent the majority of his career playing for the Baltimore Colts. He was a record-setting quarterback, and the NFL's most valuable player in 1957, 1959, 1964 and 1967. For 52 years he held the record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (which he set between 1956–1960), until quarterback Drew Brees broke his long standing record on October 7, 2012. Unitas was the prototype of the modern era marquee quarterback with a strong passing game, media fanfare, and widespread popularity. He has been consistently listed as one of the greatest NFL players of all tim. (AP Photo/File)

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6. Aaron Rodgers college football for California, where he set several career passing records, including lowest single-season and career interception rates. He was selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Packers. After backing up Brett Favre for the first three years of his NFL career, Rodgers became the Green Bay Packers' starting quarterback in 2008 and led them to a victory in Super Bowl XLV after the 2010 NFL season; Rodgers was named Super Bowl MVP. He was named Associated Press Athlete of the Year in 2011, as well as being voted league MVP by the Associated Press for the 2011 and 2014 NFL seasons. Rodgers has led the NFL three times in touchdown-to-interception ratio (2011, 2012, 2014), twice in passer rating (2011, 2012), touchdown passing percentage (2011, 2012) and lowest passing interception percentage (2009, 2014), and once in yards per attempt (2011). Rodgers is the NFL's all-time career leader in passer rating during the regular season with a rating of 103.8 and fifth all-time in the postseason with a rating of 98.2 (among passers with at least 1,500 and 150 pass attempts, respectively). He is the only quarterback to have a career passer rating of over 100.0 in the regular season as well as having the best touchdown-to-interception ratio in NFL history at 4.01 touchdowns per interception. He also holds the league's lowest career passing interception percentage for quarterbacks during the regular season at 1.6 percent and the single-season passer rating record of 122.5. (AP Photo)

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2. Tom Brady was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. In Brady's 14 seasons as a starter, the Patriots have earned six trips to the Super Bowl, the most for any quarterback in history, winning four titles. Brady has won three Super Bowl MVP (Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XLIX) and two league MVP awards (2007 and 2010), has been selected to 11 Pro Bowls, and has led his team to more division titles (14) than any other quarterback in NFL history. As of the start of the 2016 season Brady was fifth all-time in career passing yards, tied for third in career touchdown passes, and sixth in career passer rating. His career postseason record is 229. He has won more playoff games than any other quarterback, and appeared in more playoff games than any player at any position. His 202 combined regular season and postseason wins are also the most of any quarterback in NFL history. Because of his accomplishments and accolades, many analysts and sportswriters consider Brady to be among the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. (AP Photo)

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3. Peyton Manning spent 14 seasons with the Colts and was a member of the Denver Broncos in his last four seasons. Manning played college football for the University of Tennessee, leading the Tennessee Volunteers to the 1997 SEC Championship in his senior season. Manning was selected by the Indianapolis Colts as the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. From 1998 to 2010, he improved the fortunes of the struggling Colts franchise and helped transform them into playoff contenders. During his tenure as starting quarterback, Manning led the team to eight division championships, two AFC championships, and one Super Bowl title, the franchise's first in over three decades, as well as their first since relocating to Indianapolis. After undergoing neck surgery that forced him to miss the entire 2011 season, Manning was released by the Colts and signed with the Denver Broncos. Serving as the team's starting quarterback from 2012 to 2015, he contributed to the Broncos reaching the top of their division each year and his playing career concluded with a victory in Super Bowl 50. Manning holds many NFL records, including passing yards (71,940), touchdown passes (539), AP MVP awards (5), Pro Bowl appearances (14), and 4,000-yard passing seasons (14). A two-time Super Bowl winner and the most valuable player of Super Bowl XLI, Manning is also the only quarterback to start the Super Bowl for two different franchises more than once each and the only starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different franchises (AP Photo)

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13. Terry Bradshaw played for 14 seasons with Pittsburgh, won four Super Bowl titles in a six-year period (1974, 1975, 1978, and 1979), becoming the first quarterback to win three and four Super Bowls, and led the Steelers to eight AFC Central championships. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989, his first year of eligibility. A tough competitor, Bradshaw is known for having one of the most powerful arms in NFL history. He also called his own plays throughout his football career. His physical skills and on-the-field leadership played a major role in the Pittsburgh Steelers' history. During his career, he passed for more than 300 yards in a game only seven times, but three of those performances came in the postseason, and two of those in Super Bowls. He played very well in the Super Bowl, and in four career Super Bowl appearances, he passed for 932 yards and 9 touchdowns, both Super Bowl records at the time of his retirement. In 19 post-season games, he completed 261 passes for 3,833 yards. (AP Photo)

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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2016, file photo, Oregon running back Royce Freeman (21) runs with the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State in Pullman, Wash. Royce Freeman says he’ll return to the Ducks for his senior year. Freeman, who was hampered by injuries this past season, announced his decision through the school on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016.(AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)

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FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith, left, and forward Richard Jefferson (24) sit next to empty chairs on the bench in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, in Memphis, Tenn. J.R. Smith needs surgery on his right thumb and will be sidelined indefinitely. Smith got hurt late in the first half of Tuesday night’s, Dec. 20, 2016, game in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)

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Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon (3) is fouled by North Dakota center Carson Shanks (5) while driving to the basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 84-73. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2015, file photo, Eastern Michigan head coach Chris Creighton celebrates in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Two years ago, it was hard to imagine EMU playing any kind of postseason football game. In fact, it was hard to envision it four months ago. The Eagles haven't played in a bowl since 1987, but that drought finally ends Friday when coach Chris Creighton's team takes on Old Dominion in the Bahamas. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

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FILE- In this Sept. 10, 2016, file photo, Eastern Michigan head coach Chris Creighton, left, talks to wide receiver Mathew Sexton during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Missouri, in Columbia, Mo. Two years ago, it was hard to imagine EMU playing any kind of postseason football game. In fact, it was hard to envision it four months ago. The Eagles haven't played in a bowl since 1987, but that drought finally ends Friday when coach Chris Creighton's team takes on Old Dominion in the Bahamas. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)

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Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) acknowledges the fans after the NFL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, in Sunrise, Fla. Jagr tied Mark Messier for 2nd pace overall in NHL scoring with 1,887 points. The Panthers defeated the Sabres 4-3 in a shoot out. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

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FILE- This April 5, 2007, file photo, shows Arnold Palmer acknowledging the crowd after hitting the ceremonial first tee shot prior to the first round of the 2007 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. His was a life well played. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

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FILE - In this June 12, 2008, file photo, hockey great Gordie Howe poses with his lifetime achievement award at the NHL awards ceremony in Toronto. Gordie Howe came out of the hard Saskatchewan prairie and presided over his sport for five decades. No one disputed his place in the game. He was Mr. Hockey. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2016, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) scrambles with the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. There's plenty at stake when the Giants (10-4) visit Philadelphia (5-9) on Thursday night. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2016, file photo, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) catches a touchdown pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter of an NFL football game, in East Rutherford, N.J. There's plenty at stake when the Giants (10-4) visit Philadelphia (5-9) on Thursday night. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)