3. Johnny Unitas
He may be the one quarterback from the good old days who could thrive in today’s game. In fact, his 34 touchdown passes in 1959 would have been good for fourth place last season. It makes sense since it was Johnny U who changed how the position was played. Unitas introduced the two-minute offense, becoming the first QB to have a 30-TD season or surpass 40,000 passing yards in his career, and his performance in the 1950 championship game, dubbed the "Greatest Game Ever Played," put professional football on the map. To think he was cut by his hometown Steelers in his rookie season and was playing on a semipro team for $6/game before Weeb Ewbank plucked him from obscurity.
2. Tom Brady
You may hate him for hairstyle or his supermodel wife, but Brady’s an all-time great. The 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft has played with a chip on his shoulder ever since a rib shot dropped Drew Bledsoe and sent Brady into the starting lineup. He’s the owner of the longest win streak in NFL history (21), helmed the only undefeated team in the 16-game era, had the most wins in his first 100 starts (76), threw for 4,806 yards and a record 50 touchdowns in 2007, has never had a losing season and has won three Super Bowls. Not too shabby.
1. Joe Montana
Known for being cool under pressure, Montana threw for 40,551 yards and 273 touchdowns in his storied career, making the Pro Bowl eight times and winning back-to-back MVPs in 1989 and 1990. But he really separates himself from the pack with his postseason play. Montana began earning a reputation with a game-winning, 92-yard drive in Super Bowl XXIII and would proceed to go four-for-four in the big game (including three MVPs) with a QB rating of 127.8. Now, let’s just agree those two years with the Chiefs never happened, OK?