JEFF PEARLMAN

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Brett Favre—Not in my Top 10

Just got done watching the Jets eek one out over the Vikings. As my friend Mike Lewis pointed out, the announcers spent 80 percent of the time worshiping Brett Fave. It was quite annoying.

Then I started thinking: Favre might hold all these records. Favre might be the king of the world. But he’s probably not one of the Top 10 QBs of my football-aware lifetime (We’ll start in 1985, when I was 13).

My Top 10

1. Peyton Manning, Colts: The perfect quarterback in every way. Won his Super Bowl, and that should be that.

2. Joe Montana, 49ers/Chiefs: Not as visibly dazzling as Manning or Marino, but got it done time and time again.

3. Dan Marino: I know … I know—he never won the big one. Don’t care. He was insane.

4. Steve Young, L.A. Express/Buccaneers/49ers: People forget how downright dazzling he was.

5. John Elway, Broncos: People call Favre a gunslinger. No, Elway was a gunslinger.

6. Tom Brady, Patriots: Don’t let the haircut fool you.

7. Troy Aikman, Cowboys: As steady and dependable as they come.

8. Jim Kelly, Houston Gamblers/Bills: Inexplicably underrated for a Hall of Famer.

9. Warren Moon, Edmonton Eskimos, Oilers, Vikings, Seahawks, Chiefs: Like Kelly, sort of forgotten. But who was better on 3rd and 12?

10. Kurt Warner, Rams/Giants/Cardinals: The ultimate winner.