Top 50 Greatest Quarterbacks in NFL History


50. Daunte Culpepper

The Vikings drafted Daunte Culpepper in 1999 out of Central Florida with the 11th overall choice. Culpepper spent his rookie season watching and learning behind Randall Cunningham and then Jeff George. Culpepper took over the starting job in 2000 and had a terrific season, throwing for 3,937 yards and 33 touchdowns in leading the Vikings to an 11-5 record and the NFC Championship Game. Culpepper’s 33 touchdowns led the league, and he was named to the first of his three Pro Bowls. The Vikings seemed to nosedive after the 41-0 stomping the Giants gave them in the title game that year, and Culpepper was never again quite that good. He finished his career in Minnesota with a 38-42 record. He completed 1,678 passes for 20,162 yards and 135 touchdowns, all good for third in the Vikings’ record books. He finished his career in Oakland, and then Detroit but he will always be a Viking. His career totals are 24,153 passing yard, 149 pass TD’s to 106 INT’s along with his 2,652 rushing yards and 34 TD’s on the ground.

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49. Joe Theismann

The legend of Joe Theismann is actually a lot bigger and better than the reality of Joe Theismann. He was a shameless and relentless self-promoter long before pro athletes were regular fixtures on TV and advertisements. Theismann created this whole mythology about himself and still today, many believe he’s one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. But statistics don’t lie, and the facts don’t back that ridiculous claim. Over the course of his 12 year NFL career, Theismann threw 160 touchdowns against 138 picks, throwing double digit interceptions in 8 of his seasons. And for his career, Theismann compiled a 77.4 quarterback rating – not exactly the stuff of legends. But hey, he was named one of the 70 greatest players in Washington history, so he’s got that going for him. I don’t expect him to be on this list for very much longer. We have loads of young QB’s starting to make a serious case to overtake him – but hey, for the time being – Joe Theismann is still a top 50 QB of all-time. Again, for the time being.