Super Bowl Winning Quarterbacks
Whether fair or not, the vast majority of Super Bowl winners are remembered primarily by their quarterback, as evidenced by the fact that quarterbacks make up 31 of the 55 Super Bowl MVP award winners. Nearly every franchise with a realistic claim to being a “dynasty” (defined here as two or more Super Bowl wins within a five-year period) has been led by a Hall of Fame quarterback. Taking it one step further, only two teams in the history of the NFL have made two Super Bowl appearances in five years without a Hall of Fame or future Hall of Fame quarterback at the helm—Joe Gibbs’ Redskins (Mark Rypien and Doug Williams), and Tom Flores’ Raiders (Jim Plunkett). They were joined in 2020 by Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Bart Starr’s Packers won the first two Super Bowl games ever played. Roger Staubach’s Cowboys established Dallas as “America’s team”. Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw each went 4-0 in the Super Bowl (with the 49ers and Steelers, respectively), and Montana’s historic Super Bowl led many to declare him the best quarterback in NFL history. In the 1990s, Troy Aikman won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys, earning himself a place in Canton despite a lack of elite production. After Y2K, Tom Brady essentially stamped his name on the Lombardi Trophy, with seven wins and five Super Bowl MVP awards since 2002. The only other quarterbacks to win more than one Super Bowl since the turn of the century are brothers Eli and Peyton Manning, with two each.
Which Quarterback Has Won The Most Super Bowls?
Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady is in a class of his own when it comes to Super Bowl success. He won his first Lombardi Trophy in the 2002 Super Bowl, upsetting the “Greatest Show on Turf” Rams to bring the Patriots their first-ever Super Bowl title and claiming the game’s MVP award. He would add additional titles in 2004 and 2005 before a lengthy hiatus. Ten years later, in 2015, Brady’s Patriots overcame the Seahawks’ legendary “Legion of Boom” defense for his fourth ring, tying Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for the most all-time. In 2017, Brady led a record 25-point comeback in the Super Bowl to defeat the Atlanta Falcons and claim his record fifth ring. He padded his lead with a sixth and seventh championship in 2019 and 2021, except his last one came with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, not the New England Patriots.
How Many Quarterbacks Have Won Multiple Super Bowls?
In the history of the Super Bowl, there have been 14 different quarterbacks who have won multiple titles, accounting for an incredible 39 combined championships. The list, in reverse chronological order of their last Super Bowl win, goes:
- Tom Brady (7 wins)
- Joe Montana (4)
- Terry Bradshaw (4)
- Troy Aikman (3)
- Peyton Manning (2)
- Eli Manning (2)
- John Elway (2)
- Phil Simms (2)
- Jim McMahon (2)
- Roger Staubach (2)
- Ken Stabler (2)
- Bob Griese (2)
- Bart Starr (2)
- Steve Young (3) (*1 as the starting QB)
Of the 14 men to win multiple Super Bowls, 9 are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame—Starr, Griese, Stabler, Staubach, Bradshaw, Montana, Young, Aikman and Elway. Two more (Brady and Peyton Manning) are surefire first-ballot inductees when they finally become eligible. Eli Manning is far from a guaranteed induction thanks to a precipitous drop in play in the latter half of his career, but his two Super Bowl wins against Brady’s mighty Patriots ensure that he has a puncher’s chance. McMahon and Simms are conspicuous outliers, and Aikman and Eli exist around the fringes of true greatness, but winning multiple Super Bowls is a nearly guaranteed way to put yourself on the shortlist of all-time greats at the position. While Hall of Fame inductee and seven-time Pro Bowler Steve Young won a total of three Super Bowl rings, only one of those rings came with Young as the starting quarterback; he won the other two rings as fellow Hall-of-Famer Joe Montana’s backup.
Has Any Quarterback Won the Super Bowl with Different Teams?
Peyton Manning was the only player to start and win Super Bowls with two different teams, doing so with both the Colts (2007) and the Broncos (2016). After his second Super Bowl, he announced his retirement—a fitting end for possibly the best to ever play the position. However, Tom Brady joined Manning in yet another amazing NFL quarterback Super Bowl stat. After winning six with the Patriots, Tom Brady won a seventh but with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2021. Despite a new team, Brady's Bucs became favorites and remain there.
A few other quarterbacks have come close. Craig Morton played in Super Bowls with both the Cowboys and Broncos but lost both. Kurt Warner came close, winning one Super Bowl with the Rams in 2000 and coming up just short with the Cardinals in 2009. Former MVP Earl Morall also lucked his way into this feat, winning as the backup quarterback to Johnny Unitas in Baltimore and Bob Griese in Miami. Current 49er and former Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo could put his name alongside Morall with a win this year. He won rings with the Patriots in 2015 and 2017.
How Many Quarterbacks Have Won the MVP and the Super Bowl in the Same Year?
Only six quarterbacks have ever won both the NFL MVP award and a Super Bowl in the same season: Aaron Rodgers with the Packers (2011), Kurt Warner with the Rams (1999), Brett Favre with the Packers (1996), Steve Young with the 49ers (1995), Joe Montana with the 49ers (1989), and Terry Bradshaw with the Steelers (1978). A total of 13 more quarterbacks have lost a combined 16 Super Bowls during MVP seasons, amounting to an appalling 27% win rate for MVP quarterbacks in the event.
Who Are The Youngest Quarterbacks To Win The Super Bowl?
Just like there is an elite group of quarterbacks who have won a Super Bowl at an old age, there is another elite group of Super Bowl winning quarterbacks that have won a Super Bowl at a young age as well - more specifically, under the age of 25 years old. In the history of the NFL, there are just three quarterbacks that have won a Super Bowl under the age of 25. Of the three, Ben Roethlisberger is the youngest of the group, as he was just 23 years old at the time that he won his first Super Bowl. However, Patrick Mahomes (24) and Tom Brady (24) could have the boost, as they also won a Super Bowl MVP at the time, while Roethlisberger did not.
- Super Bowl 40: Ben Roethlisberger – 23 Years Old, 124 Days
- Super Bowl 54: Patrick Mahomes – 24 Years Old, 50 Days
- Super Bowl 36: Tom Brady – 24 Years Old, 67 Days
Who Are The Oldest Quarterbacks To Win The Super Bowl?
There is an elite group of Super Bowl winning quarterbacks in history that have had the honor of winning the Super Bowl while being over the age of 35. Six in fact have this honor with Tom Brady holding the record for the oldest quarterback to win the Super Bowl at age 43. Roger was 35 years old with four others stationed in between. Believe it or not, of those six quarterbacks, two won more than one Super Bowl while being over 35 years old as well. Tom Brady leads this statistic as well, as he has won four of his seven Super Bowls at ages 37, 39, 41 and 43. John Elway is the second quarterback, and his two came while he was 37 and 38 years old.
Age Of Oldest Super Bowl Winning Quarterbacks
- SB55 Tom Brady 43 Years, 66 Days
- SB53 Tom Brady 41 Years, 67 Days
- SB50 Peyton Manning 39 Years, 116 Days
- SB51 Tom Brady 39 Years, 67 Days
- SB33 John Elway 38 Years, 79 Days
- SB5 Johnny Unitas 37 Years, 93 Days
- SB32 John Elway 37 Years, 77 Days
- SB49 Tom Brady 37 Years, 66 Days
- SB18 Jim Plunket 36 Years 17 Days
- SB12 Roger Staubach 35 Years, 125 Days
How Many Super Bowl Winning Quarterbacks Threw For 4 Or More Touchdowns?
Looking back on how many quarterbacks have thrown for more than four touchdowns and won the Super Bowl, the list is not as long as some might think. Only six quarterbacks have thrown for five or more touchdowns in the Super Bowl and won. Leading the way is Steve Young, who went for six touchdowns in Super Bowl 29 and led the 49ers to a 49-26 final score over the then San Diego Chargers. At the bottom of the list is a four-way tie of those who threw for four touchdowns in the Super Bowl. The most recent to do it is no other than Tom Brady, who went for four touchdowns in Super Bowl 49.
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Quarterbacks To Win A Super Bowl Without A Passing Touchdown
When people think about Super Bowl winning quarterbacks, they usually think about those QB’s that go for multiple touchdowns and light up the scoreboard. However, there is a short list of quarterbacks that have gone on to win the Super Bowl despite not throwing a single touchdown. What is surprising about this stat, however, is not only that they were held to zero touchdowns in the game but six of the eight saw their teams put up more than 20 points. The first quarterback to not have a passing touchdown and win the Super Bowl was Joe Namath who went for just 206 yards. Namath is also the only quarterback on this list that actually won the Super Bowl MVP of the game as well.
Quarterbacks To Throw 2+ INTs And The Win Super Bowl
Turning the ball over in a football game is not a part of how winning football is played but some Super Bowl quarterbacks were able to throw to picks and still get the win. The most interceptions thrown in a Super Bowl game sit with three from Terry Bradshaw in Super Bowl 14. Bradshaw still managed to throw for 309 yards and two touchdowns as well though. An additional five quarterbacks have thrown for two interceptions: Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, Joe Theismann, Johnny Unitas and Ben Roethlisberger. Only Bradshaw, Brady, and Mahomes were able to win the MVP despite their multiple mistakes.
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Quarterbacks Who Won The Super Bowl Without Being Sacked
Taking a sack, especially in the Super Bowl, is something that would sting any quarterback, with that said, there are actually eight total quarterbacks in Super Bowl history that have not taken a sack in the Super Bowl. However, it has occurred nine times, as John Elway won two Super Bowl without taking a sack. One thing to take into consideration when thinking about how these quarterbacks did not take a sack in the game could be the defenses that they went up against.
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Memorable Super Bowl Moments from Quarterbacks
Philly Special: Eagles’ quarterback Nick Foles had an all-around incredible Super Bowl against the Patriots, but the play that will be remembered forever was his touchdown catch on a goal-line reverse pass right before halftime.
28-3: Trailing the Falcons 28-3 with 2 minutes and 12 seconds left in the third quarter, Tom Brady led a furious rally to tie the game up and send it into overtime. The coin toss gods showed Brady their favor, and the Patriots would score a touchdown on the first possession of overtime to clinch the win and his record fifth Super Bowl ring.
Manning’s Swan Song: Despite a pedestrian offensive day, Peyton Manning ended his career as a Super Bowl champion in a 24-10 win against the Carolina Panthers, announcing the end of his storied career in a postgame interview.
Giant Killer: Eli Manning twice led middle-of-the-road Giants teams in David vs. Goliath Super Bowl upsets of the New England Patriots. Heroic fourth-quarter passes to David Tyree and Mario Manningham to set up the respective game-winning scores that will be remembered forever.
Brady’s Arrival: Tom Brady leads the Patriots to a 20-17 upset over the “Greatest Show on Turf” Rams, who came into the game as 14-point favorites.
Warner’s Ascendance: Kurt Warner throws for 414 yards to cement the Rams’ status as the greatest offense in NFL history.
Doug Williams Blazes Trail: With a 42-10 rout of the Broncos, Redskins’ quarterback Doug Williams becomes the first black quarterback to both play in and win a Super Bowl. After an early 10-0 deficit, Williams exploded, completing 9 of 11 passes in the second quarter for 228 yards and four touchdowns.
Simms Surgical Second Half – After trailing 10-9 at halftime against Elway’s Broncos, Phill Simms goes a perfect 10 for 10 in the second half to help the Giants cruise to a 39-20 win.
Namath Secures AFL Respectability: After two years of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers dominating the nascent AFL-NFL Championship Game (later renamed the Super Bowl), Joe Namath leads the Jets to a 16-7 upset of the Unitas-led Baltimore Colts. The Colts were favored by 18 points heading into the game, and this upset was proof that the AFL teams could hold their own with the more established NFL teams.