We consider Johnny Unitas the best quarterback ever to play the game, so what better way to honor his memory than to introduce the U Ratings? Using six statistical measures supplied by Elias Sports Bureau and five subjective quarterback rankings provided by our resident expert Paul Zimmerman, we checked to see how 16 quarterbacks in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and five others who are headed for Canton stack up against Unitas. The comparison was based on each quarterback's performance over his best stretch of 125 NFL games (with a minimum of one pass thrown in each game; that's why you won't find Otto Graham, Sid Luckman and Bob Waterfield—who had no such stretch—in the ratings). The quarterbacks were ranked I to 22 in each of the II categories, with points assigned to their ranking (one point for first, two points for second, etc.).
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