A.B. I could sit here all day and talk about how I think Brady will go down as the best quarterback ever and how Eli Manning sucks.
But why waste all that time and effort when I am an admitted homer and the stats tell the true tale? (relax NY, Eli doesn’t suck)
But before releasing the numbers I do have a point to make that I think is lost on many NFL fans in this era…
The “greatest ever” and “elite” quarterback conversations have turned ugly over the past few years. Eli Manning alone did enough to fuel the elite conversation forever with his pre-season comments (before eventually backing it up in the Super Bowl).
But what truly makes a quarterback great, elite and/or the best ever is his full body of work.
If you throw for the most yards but never win a championship, you are not the best ever. If you win multiple Super Bowls but have average passing numbers, you aren’t the best ever or probably even close. MVP’s are nice, but Super Bowl MVP’s are twice as nice. Having both MVP’s & Super Bowl MVP’S however, make you truly elite.
So as you look through the numbers, look for consistency in greatness. In other words, look for the guy who is great in every category, the guy who out of these 4 QB’s & 6 categories – is never worse than 2nd.
(hint: he wears #12)
Source: Pro Football Reference