Say what you will, but the quarterback position is probably the toughest in football—and maybe all of sports.

A signal caller dictates the game, leads the offense, and is the only player on the field who gets singularly credited with wins and losses. The position is always in the spotlight—so if a QB can’t handle the pressure, someone else is going to come in and take his job.

Throughout the history of the NFL there have been all types of quarterbacks with amazing physical abilities—cannon-armed statues, super-accurate throwers, elusive scramblers, and rapid-fire gunslingers. In their own ways, these players created the archetypes of the quarterback position—and, in doing so, put themselves in the top echelons of their profession.

Here's a look at the best quarterbacks of all time in the NFL.