Last updated at 12:45 p.m. on 2/14/12
Writing an opinion about the five greatest quarterbacks of all time is not an easy one and I'm sure to offend some fans who believe their favorite QB should be on the list.
One of the things that I had to consider is what might be relevant to me might not be to someone of another generation with a different perspective. I've been watching the NFL for over 30 years, so I do have some perspective.
So here's my list from #5 to #1:
#5 John Elway
John Elway went to five Super Bowls, winning two of them. Elway made the playoffs in 10 out of his 16 years in the NFL, winning his championship rings in his last two years.
John Elway won both NFL and Super Bowl MVP honors and he was also known for his comebacks. He led his team to victory on a number of late 4th quarter drives (Including the playoffs).
If that wasn't enough, Elway ranks second on the career wins list for an NFL QB and is a member of the NFL Hall of Fame.
#4 Dan Marino
Dan Marino never won a Super Bowl, losing his only appearance to the San Francisco 49ers.
That being said, Marino is one of the greatest QBs I've ever seen play and if he had played with an all-around team like the 49ers, who knows how many Super Bowls he would have won.
Watching him play was a joy, as he was my favorite player growing up. I only wish he could have won the big game. I might have ranked him higher if he had.
Marino seemed to be a sure bet to make the playoffs every season, leading his team to the postseason in 10 out of his 17 years as a pro. Marino's records are too numerous to list but here are a few facts about his career:
A) He led his team to the most 4th quarter comeback wins in NFL history.
B) Most 400-yard games.
C) Most seasons with 40 or more touchdown passes.
D) Most seasons leading the league in completions.
He's also in third place with the most passing yards in a season—he had the record (5,084) until it was broken this past season by Drew Brees and Tom Brady—and is second to Brett Favre for most touchdown passes in a career (420).