It’s fair to say that Unitas was the first true modern quarterback. The Baltimore Colts icon won four championships with his team, including Super Bowl V. Unitas threw more touchdown passes than any other quarterback of his era with 290. He was also a 10-time Pro Bowler and threw for over 40,000 passing yards throughout his glorious career.
People talk about Tom Brady’s late draft selection but Unitas took it to another level. The Pittsburgh Steelers picked him in the ninth round before cutting him. However, Unitas made a mockery of the Steelers after making a name for himself on the semi-pro scene. The Colts came in and he made his second chance count.’ Mr. Clutch’ was also one of the first true NFL superstars.
Fans of a certain vintage argue that Montana, not Tom Brady, is the greatest NFL quarterback ever. This is difficult to say, but it’s reasonable to call him the best in the Hall of Fame. ‘Joe Cool’ spent 15 seasons in the NFL and won Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers before a spell with the Chiefs. One of his most amazing records is the most Super Bowl passes without an interception. But he held many more.
Montana didn’t just produce fantastic numbers, he was a true gamechanger. Fans fondly remember his game-winning touchdown pass against Dallas in 1981. The legendary QB also maintained a 93.3 passer rating and produced numbers that stacked up against his greatest rivals. The three-time Super Bowl MVP tops this list because of his profound influence upon the Niners’ most dominant era.