Shameless MMQB Book Promotion of the Week
Yes, I've written a book. It's a combo platter of MMQB classic (there's an oxymoron) and new stuff -- lists, opinions, forecasting the future. It'll be out in October, and preorders are always welcome. For the next three or four weeks, I'll give you a nugget from the book based on what's topical in the football, online or Twitter universe.
This week, I'm giving you my top 12 quarterbacks of all time. This comes in the wake of Don Banks writing on SI.com the other day that Peyton Manning and Johnny Unitas now are tied for the all-time franchise lead in wins by a quarterback; Banks further opined that Manning and Unitas were the best two quarterbacks, in tandem, for a franchise, ever. I agreed. Well, that unleashed a flurry of e-mails and Tweets advancing the causes of other duos -- Joe Montana/Steve Young or Bart Starr/Brett Favre, mostly. So I figured this week: Let the emotional e-mails begin. In the MMQB book, I pick the Top 100 Players in NFL history. Here are my top 12 players of all time at the quarterback position.
1. Otto Graham. Easy. Ten seasons, seven championships, seven passing titles.
2. Sammy Baugh. Had the best season of any player ever in 1943. Led the NFL in passing, punting and, as one of the best safeties in football, in interceptions.
3. Joe Montana. Made everyone copy Walsh's high-tech offense, and won four titles in a decade.
4. Johnny Unitas. First great modern quarterback, and great in the clutch. He'd be higher if he won more than one title in his last 14 seasons.
5. Brett Favre. Most durable, most productive quarterback of all time. Marred by only one title.
6. Peyton Manning. Could break every record if Favre ever retires. Needs another championship or two to climb the list.
7. John Elway. Two titles, though they came late, capped the career of a Unitas-type with legs.
8. Dan Marino. Prototype dropback quarterback who, arguably, was the model for the pocket quarterback of the last 40 years.
9. Roger Staubach. Might be the best player/athlete/leader of a quarterback ever, and he edges Steve Young in my book with a second title and three more title-game appearances.
10. Tom Brady. Three Super Bowl wins by age 27, and a fourth appearance at 30.
11. Bart Starr. All he did was win -- five NFL titles, including the first two Super Bowl titles, both ending with him being MVP.
12. Terry Bradshaw. Rebounded from a horrible start to his career to lead the Steelers to four Super Bowls in six years.
By the way, number 100 on my best player ever list is a quarterback too. And he'll surprise you quite a bit. You'll have to buy the book to find that one out.
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
The Ravens scored 33 points in defeating the Cowboys in the final game at Texas Stadium. The Giants scored 33 points in defeating the Cowboys in the first game at Cowboys Stadium.
NFL Truth & Rumors