You won’t find Dan Marino on this list, as Marino failed in his only shot at the big game. You will find the quarterbacks who played the best in the biggest games on this list.
Warner would have three Super Bowl rings if it weren’t for the late game-winning drives of two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Warner has to be in the top 10 rewriting the Super Bowl record books and writing his own heroics in the Super Bowl that he won.
After his 1999 breakout regular season, Warner’s 73 yard touchdown pass to Isaac Bruce was the game-winning score at Super Bowl XXXIV. Warner’s 414 yard Super Bowl record that day was broken 17 years later by Tom Brady.
Bart Starr was the NFL’s first Super Bowl Champion quarterback and the first quarterback to win back-to-back Super Bowls. He also won MVP with 452 yards of receiving and three touchdowns in Super Bowl I as the Packers beat the Chiefs. His career playoff record was 9-1.
Roger Staubach was the first Heisman Trophy recipient to lead his team to victory in Super Bowl as a quarterback. Staubach won two Super Bowls with the Cowboys and was awarded Super Bowl MVP in Super Bowl VI, a win over the Miami Dolphins. Staubach also lost in two classic Super Bowls to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The second Super Bowl victory was a dominant performance over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII.
Elway finished his career with back-to-back Super Bowl wins against Brett Favre, the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII. This helped to make up for his 0-3 performance in the big game earlier in his career. Elway led the Broncos to three Super Bowls in the 90s, but those teams were in over their heads, and Elway may be the only quarterback in NFL history that could have gotten those three Broncos teams to Super Bowls. His performance in Super Bowl 32 was excellent as he led one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history. In Super Bowl XXXIII, he was almost flawless.
Jim Plunkett is the only quarterback to win a Super Bowl with one team in two different cities. Plunkett was 2-0 in his Super Bowl appearances in Los Angeles and Oakland with the Raiders. He was awarded MVP in Super Bowl XV, with an upset win over Philadelphia Eagles and a win over the favored Redskins in the next three years later. Plunkett was the number one pick for the Patriots in the early 70s and looked like nothing more than a bust when he arrived in Oakland to back up Dan Pastorini. Pastorini went down early in the season, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Manning was awarded MVP honors for his Super Bowl appearances with the New York Giants. His Super Bowl appearances were a series of remarkable plays that will be remembered forever. David Tyree’s catch on his helmet and game-winning touchdown passes at the end of both games to beat the Patriots. Eli was not the same as his brother Peyton; Peyton was a great regular-season quarterback but tended to struggle in the postseason. Eli did not have issues come playoff time. His mental toughness earned him two Super Bowl rings and a spot on this list.
Troy Aikman was the star quarterback in a remarkable run in Dallas. He won three Super Bowl titles in four years with two different coaches. Aikman was awarded MVP in Super Bowl XXVII against Buffalo Bills after throwing 273 yards and four touchdowns. He had perfect mechanics and sometimes got underrated because of the talent that surrounded him. With that being said, he did what needed to be done to win the game.
Joe Montana, one of the NFL’s greatest players, was a perfect 4 for 4 in Super Bowl appearances. Three times, Montana was named Super Bowl MVP. He had 11 touchdowns, zero interceptions, and two rushing touchdowns. It’s no surprise Montana is often regarded as one of the most clutch NFL quarterbacks. His Super Bowl reputation is unmatched. Also, remember that he did not have Jerry Rice in his first two Super Bowl wins. He also led a 92-yard scoring drive to win Super Bowl XXIII.
Bradshaw was the first quarterback in Super Bowl history to win four, and he did it in six years. He beat legendary defenses to do it, also. First up was the Purple People Eaters, Bradshaw, through a TD pass in the fourth quarter to seal the Steelers’ first title. Titles number two and three both came at the expense of Dallas; Doomsday defense. Once again, Bradshaw through a game-winning TD pass in both of those classic games. His fourth ring came at the expense of an outstanding Los Angeles Rams team, and Bradshaw went into the fourth quarter trailing 19-17, he then proceeded to throw two touchdown passes to bring the Steelers their fourth Super Bowl Title.
Brady’s first two Super Bowl victories against Carolina and St. Louis saw him help the Patriots get into position to score the game-winning field goal. The first win against the Rams was one of the greatest upsets in Super Bowl history. In 2016, Brady threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns against the Seahawks to come from behind and win against one of the greatest defenses in NFL history. Due to miracle plays made by the New York Giants, Brady lost both Super Bowls. But even in the two games he lost, he never played poorly. Plus through in a Super Bowl win after coming back from a 28-3 deficit with two minutes left in the third quarter. I know he lost two Super Bowls, but he went to nine, which will probably never be duplicated.
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