The Best Quarterback In Each Team’s History

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Philadelphia Eagles: Donovan McNabb
> Years with Eagles: 1999-2009
> Stats with Eagles: 32,873 pass yds./216 TDs
> Record with team: 92-49-1
> Achievements with team: 6x Pro-Bowl
> Runner up: Randall Cunningham

Though the Philadelphia Eagles finally won their first Super Bowl in 2018, both quarterbacks that helped them to the championship — Carson Wentz and Nick Foles — are with other teams. For at least the next few years, the most accomplished QB in Eagles history will remain Donovan McNabb. He is still the Eagles career leader in wins (92), completions (2,801), passing yards (32,873), and touchdown passes (216).

After being drafted second overall by Philly in 1999, McNabb made five straight Pro Bowls from 2000-2004, and a sixth in 2009, his last year with the Eagles. The Eagles reached the NFC Conference Championship Game each season from 2001 to 2003, but lost each time. McNabb had his best year in 2004, completing 300 out of 469 (64%) passes for 3,875 yards, 31 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.

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Pittsburgh Steelers: Terry Bradshaw
> Years with Steelers: 1970-1983
> Stats with Steelers: 27,989 pass yds./212 TDs
> Record with team: 107-51
> Achievements with team: 3x Pro-Bowl, All-Pro, MVP, 4x Super Bowl champion, Hall of Fame
> Runner up: Ben Roethlisberger

The Pittsburgh Steelers are tied with New England for the most Super Bowl wins, with six, won by two different quarterbacks — Ben Roethlisberger and Terry Bradshaw. Though Roethlisberger owns every Steelers passing record, Bradshaw gets the nod as the greatest Steelers QB. Bradshaw won more Super Bowls (4), and earned one All-Pro selection and one NFL MVP award, which Roethlisberger has never done.

Bradshaw, known as the Blonde Bomber, was drafted first overall in the 1970 NFL Draft. He had a knack for throwing the ball deep, and he led the NFL in yards per pass attempt and touchdown passes two times apiece. His Steelers were the dominant team of the 1970s, winning four Super Bowls thanks to his passing prowess and the vaunted Steel Curtain defense of the era.

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San Francisco 49ers: Joe Montana
> Years with 49ers: 1979-1992
> Stats with 49ers: 35,124 pass yds./244 TDs
> Record with team: 100-39
> Achievements with team: 7x Pro-Bowl, 3x All-Pro, 2x MVP, 4x Super Bowl champion, Hall of Fame
> Runner up: Steve Young

Hall of Famer Joe Montana is the best San Francisco 49ers quarterback and one of the greatest QBs of all time. In his 13 years with the 49ers, he won four Super Bowls, two MVPs, and made seven Pro Bowls. His 35,124 pass yards and 244 passing touchdowns are still the most of any player in team history.

Montana, also known as “Joe Cool” for his calmness under pressure, was destined for pro greatness. By the time he had entered the league in 1979, he had already won a national championship at Notre Dame. Montana took charge of coach Bill Walsh’s West Coast offense and turned the 49ers into one of the greatest dynasties in NFL history.

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Seattle Seahawks: Russell Wilson
> Years with Seahawks: 2012-present
> Stats with Seahawks: 33,946 pass yds./267 TDs
> Record with team: 98-45-1
> Achievements with team: 7x Pro-Bowl, Super Bowl champion
> Runner up: Matt Hasselbeck

Russell Wilson entered the NFL in 2012 with the knock that he was too short to win in the league. Wilson continues to prove the naysayers wrong. In his nine seasons, he has never missed a game and propelled his Seattle Seahawks to a winning record every single season, including in 2013, when he and the team’s legendary Legion of Boom defense brought Seattle its first and only Super Bowl.

Wilson is already by far the most statistically impressive QB the Seattle Seahawks have ever had. He holds the franchise records for passing yards (33,946), passing touchdowns (267), passer rating (101.7), and wins (98) — and he appears to have many productive years still ahead of him.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Brad Johnson
> Years with Buccaneers: 2001-2004
> Stats with Buccaneers: 10,940 pass yds./64 TDs
> Record with team: 26-23
> Achievements with team: Pro-Bowl, Super Bowl champion
> Runner up: Jameis Winston

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a tricky team to determine the best QB for as they have never had the same starting quarterback for more than six consecutive seasons. Players like Vinny Testaverde, Trent Dilfer, Josh Freeman, and Jameis Winston were all Bucs’ first round draft picks, but left the franchise soon after without much success.

Despite the constant turnover at the QB position, Tampa Bay has won two Super Bowls — one with Tom Brady under center in 2021 and another with Brad Johnson at QB in 2003. Brady has not been in Florida long enough to have a solid claim as the Bucs best QB, so it must go to Johnson — the only Tampa player in history to spend multiple seasons starting at QB with a winning record.

After stints at Minnesota and Washington, Johnson joined Tampa Bay in 2001. He helped guide the Buccaneers to their first Super Bowl win in 2003. During that season, Johnson tossed 22 touchdown passes and was chosen for the Pro Bowl, making him the only QB in Tampa Bay history to make a Pro Bowl and win a Super Bowl.