Nfl QuarterbacksFri, 19 Sep 2008 23:05
Football is deemed as one of the most popular sports in the United States. Because of this, many people eagerly await the NFL season so they can watch their favorite football players in action. Although a team is made up of many players, probably the ones who get the most attention are the quarterbacks. Quarterbacks are members of the offensive team and they're responsible for calling the play and leading the team. They line up right in the middle of the offensive line and they place themselves behind the center. As leaders of the offensive team, quarterbacks are held responsible for initiating almost all plays by getting the ball from the center, although there are times when a "direct snap" to another offensive player is used instead. Below are just some of the best quarterbacks the NFL has ever known:
Without Bart Starr as the leader of the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s, they would have been just another team. But with Bart Starr as their quarterback, they won five NFL championships. When it comes to passing, Starr led the passing rating five times. He was also the one who scored the winning touchdown in the Ice Bowl, which is perhaps the most famous game in the history of NFL.
Joe Montana has won four Super Bowl titles and was named Super Bowl MVP thrice. He also has an amazing 92.3 passer rating, which is the fifth highest in the history of NFL. During the 1989 season, Montana completed 70.2 % of his passes for 3,521 yards and achieved 26 touchdowns.
Before becoming a quarterback, Sammy Baugh already proved himself as a notable football player by being a great defensive back and punter. As a quarterback, Baugh was part of what made his team two-time champions. During the 1942 season, the Redskins won over the then undefeated Bears, an event that is testimony to Baugh's excellence as a quarterback.
Responsible for leading the Cleveland Browns to a championship every year for four years at the All-American Football Conference, Otto Graham also led his team to win an NFL title during the team's first year in the league. The Browns also went on to appear in six consecutive NFL championship games between 1950 and 1955, winning three NFL titles in the process.
The New England Patriots certainly made a good choice when they drafted Tom Brady and made him a part of their team. During Brady's first six years in the team, he had succeeded in achieving three Super Bowl championships and being awarded as Super Bowl MVP twice. Aside from that, he also has a touchdown passing title and holds a record 21-game streak. After just eight years of playing in the NFL, Brady already has a career passer rating of 92.9, which happens to be the fourth best in the history of the league. This quarterback definitely has a lot of potential to even move up the list of top quarterbacks of all time, and maybe someday he'll even make it to the number one spot.