The Greatest Quarterback of All Time debate will always rage on, even if Tom Brady does get himself a fifth ring today.
If you’ve watched most or all of the Super Bowls over the years, these quarterbacks have played the best with the spotlight on.
Joe Montana – Starter – San Francisco
Joe Cool has some of the most mind-boggling numbers in his four games. 1,142 yards, 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions. These records stood for a long time and it’s hard to imagine his records ever being broken had he been able to get to two more games.
The one that may never fall is his career Super Bowl Quarterback Rating of 127.8.
There are a couple quarterbacks with some better numbers, but it usually took more games to surpass Joe.
It’s also the big moments and dominant play that stand out. In two close games against the Bengals, he made every big throw to stay ahead of Cincinnati and also drove 92 yards in three minutes in what most feel is the greatest drive in Super Bowl history.
Against Miami and Denver, Montana was simply dominant and untouchable with his numbers, his play and ultimately, the score.
Joe Montana had the whole package. Great numbers, clutch play, and he showed up every time he went to the big game.
Tom Brady – New England
Tom Brady is just as amazing as Joe Montana. He will make his seventh appearance in the big show which is more than anyone.
Brady also has some great numbers such as the most passes attempted and completed, the most yards, and the most touchdowns. And just because he doesn’t have the best averages, percentages and rating takes nothing away from his greatness.
He led the Patriots on major drives to set up game-winning field goals and his drive against one of the greatest defenses ever (2014 Seattle) was as clutch as any I’ve ever seen.
If he gets a fifth ring today and passes Montana for the most Super Bowl MVP’s, I’d have to move Brady to the top spot.
Either way, Montana and Brady have been the best in the Super Bowl and I don’t see that changing for a long, long time.
Terry Bradshaw – Pittsburgh
Bradshaw didn’t have the greatest regular season numbers, but when it came to the Super Bowl, he was amazing.
In four games, he threw 932 yards, nine touchdowns, had a 112.8 passer rating, and still is number one all time with an mind-boggling 11.1 yards per attempt.
Whenever the Steelers needed a big throw, he would make it to either Lynn Swann or John Stallworth every single time.
The Steelers had a great defense, but they also had a great quarterback in Bradshaw and given his two Super Bowl MVP’s and ability to make the big throw, he belongs on any all-time Super Bowl team.