Can You Identify These Super Bowl-Winning QBs From a Picture and a Hint?

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By: Gavin Thagard

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Image: Wiki Commons by New York Jets

About This Quiz

Even for quarterbacks, the most protected position on the football field, an NFL season is long and grueling, and the intensity only ramps up when the playoffs come around. That's why making a run at a Super Bowl title is such a daunting task. However, as of Super Bowl LIII, 32 quarterbacks have not only reached the Super Bowl but won the whole thing.

What exactly does it take for a quarterback to become a Super Bowl champion? They have to be able to win enough games throughout the regular season, sometimes putting on heroic performances and other times relying on team play to get a victory. Each week is different in the NFL, after all, and no one player is going to win a championship alone, even if they are a superstar at their position. They also have to be great in the playoffs when the intensity is ramped up and every inch counts. Sometimes the smallest play is the difference between advancing or going home.

Are you ready to identify the quarterbacks who were able to make enough of the right plays to take home the Lombardi Trophy? If you think you can, prove it by getting a high score on this quiz.

Do you recognize this quarterback who retired after winning Super Bowl 50?

Peyton Manning's body was a shell of itself when the Denver Broncos reached Super Bowl 50. However, Manning's football IQ still rivaled anyone in NFL history, and he used his knowledge of the game to make just enough plays to win his second and final championship.

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The all-time leader in career passing yards, is this Super Bowl-winning quarterback familiar to you?

When Drew Brees joined the New Orleans Saints in 2006, he completely turned the franchise around. Before Brees joined the team, the Saints had struggled to make the playoffs and had never reached a Super Bowl. In his fourth season with the Saints, that all changed when Brees delivered a championship.

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Are you familiar with this quarterback who won the Super Bowl by beating an undefeated New England Patriots team?

There's much debate on whether Eli Manning will make the Hall of Fame. After all, his regular-season numbers are far from worthy of making it into the Hall of Fame, but his two Super Bowl appearances were legendary and will definitely be a factor for any voter.

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What's the name of this quarterback who won the NFL MVP the year after he won the Super Bowl in 2010?

Aaron Rodgers is regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, but even with that recognition, he only has one Super Bowl appearance on his resume. He came away with a victory in that Super Bowl, but his contemporaries have multiple championships to his one.

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This quarterback played in five Super Bowls but couldn't win until he won back-to-back championships right before his retirement. Who is he?

One of John Elway's greatest moments was in the 1987 AFC Championship in a season where he didn't win the Super Bowl. During the game, Elway led a 98-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime, where the Broncos secured the victory with a field goal.

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The only quarterback to win a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks, who is this?

After winning Super Bowl XLVIII, Russell Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks back to the Super Bowl the next season. However, he threw a late-game interception near the goal line on an early play. The call was heavily criticized because the Seahawks had one of the best running backs in the league at the time.

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Can you identify this quarterback who is a member of the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor?

Troy Aikman was never the greatest quarterback when it came to stats, but he did perform well when the moment mattered most. His reliability is one of the main reasons the Dallas Cowboys won three Super Bowls in the '90s.

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Will you be able to identify this two-time Super Bowl champion who led the league in passing yards in 2014 and 2018?

Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2004, Ben Roethlisberger won a Super Bowl in only his second season in the NFL. Roethlisberger wasn't great in the game, completing less than 50 percent of his passes while also throwing two interceptions. None the less, he was a champion.

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No player has won three straight NFL MVPs like which star quarterback shown here?

After spending most of his career in Green Bay, Brett Favre surprised Packers fans everywhere by joining their rival, the Minnesota Vikings, in 2009. He made an immediate impact on the Vikings, helping them reach the NFC Championship in his first season with the team.

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A member of the 1984 supplemental draft in the USFL, who is this Super Bowl champion?

Steve Young had one of the greatest Super Bowl performances in NFL history when he led the San Francisco 49ers to a victory in Super Bowl XXIX. In the game, Young completed 24 of his passes for 325 yards and set a Super Bowl record with six passing touchdowns.

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Is this quarterback who won three Super Bowl MVPs in four Super Bowl victories familiar to you?

Known as "Joe Cool," Joe Montana was always clutch in crunch time, leading several comebacks in his NFL career. The stakes for a comeback were never higher than in Super Bowl XXIII, where Montana led a 92-yard drive to take a lead over the Cincinnati Bengals with less than a minute on the clock.

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Are you familiar with this quarterback who threw more interceptions than touchdowns during his Super Bowl-winning season?

Even though Phil Simms didn't have a great regular season in 1986, he was dominant in the Super Bowl, even earning MVP honors for the game. Matched up against the Denver Broncos, Simms had as many passing touchdowns as incompletions.

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Select the name of this quarterback who led "The Greatest Show on Turf" to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV.

1999 was an outstanding year for Kurt Warner, as he guided the St. Louis Rams to a Super Bowl title. Not only did he perform well in the Super Bowl, winning the Super Bowl MVP, but he played well all season, earning him the NFL MVP award as well.

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How well do you know this Super Bowl-winning quarterback who started for the Baltimore Ravens from 2008 through 2018?

Joe Flacco's 2012 playoff run was one for the ages, as Flacco led the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl title. In that pursuit, he tied the NFL record for touchdowns in a postseason with 11.

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Do you recognize this quarterback who made his second and final Pro Bowl the same season he won Super Bowl XXVI?

When Mark Rypien started his first NFL game in 1988, he became the first quarterback from Canada to start an NFL game. So when he won Super Bowl XXVI, Canadians everywhere were excited to see one of their own lead an NFL team to a championship.

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Can you identify this quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy in 1963 before coming to the NFL?

A member of the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team, Roger Staubach helped establish the Dallas Cowboys as "America's Team," winning two championships during the decade. Aside from those titles, Staubach was also a four-time NFL passer-rating leader, and six-time Pro Bowler and was later elected to the Hall of Fame.

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How well do you know this Super Bowl-winning quarterback who led the league in passing yards and passing touchdowns in 1972?

Even though the Baltimore Colts went into Super Bowl III heavily favored over the New York Jets, Joe Namath promised that the Jets would walk away with a victory. He delivered on his promise, helping the Jets get a 16-7 win over the Colts.

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The NFL MVP in 1983, did you ever watch this quarterback win a Super Bowl?

By 1985, Joe Theismann had proven himself to be one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL. However, his career came to a close on November 18, 1985, when he suffered a broken leg on a sack that he couldn't recover from.

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This player was elected to the Hall of Fame after his death in 2015. Who is he?

Ken Stabler was a major star on the field in 1976, the same year he won his only Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders. That season, Stabler led the league in passing touchdowns and passer rating while also making his second All-Pro Team.

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What's the name of this quarterback who won a championship with the Raiders when they were in Oakland and later in Los Angeles?

At 32-years old, Jim Plunkett was a backup for the Oakland Raiders coming into the 1980 season, but an injury eventually put him in the starting spot. His first game as a starter was horrendous, as he threw five interceptions in a loss. However, he grew as the season developed and led the Raiders to a victory in Super Bowl XV.

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In the early years of the game, few quarterbacks called their own plays as much as which Super Bowl winner shown here?

The first overall pick in 1970, Terry Bradshaw spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. By the time he retired in 1983, Bradshaw had led the Steelers to four Super Bowl victories and obtained two Super Bowl MVPs.

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Which quarterback depicted in this image was the first African American quarterback to win a Super Bowl?

Led by Doug Williams, the Washington Redskins put on a scoring frenzy in the second quarter of Super Bowl XXII, scoring 35 of the 42 points in that quarter alone. Williams threw all four of his touchdown passes in the quarter, and the Redskins never lost the lead in the second half.

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Can you identify this quarterback who won the Super Bowl as a backup?

Nick Foles had a spectacular playoff run in 2017 after taking over for the injured Carson Wentz, who had been having an MVP-caliber season. In Super Bowl LII, Foles played his best football, taking home the Super Bowl MVP after passing for 373 yards and three touchdowns.

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The only quarterback to win a Super Bowl on an undefeated team, is this a player you're familiar with?

The Miami Dolphins won back to back titles in the 1972 and 1973 seasons behind the play of Bob Griese. The Dolphins only lost two total games between the two seasons, both losses coming in 1973, as they proved to be one of the most dominant teams of the era.

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Identify this quarterback who was a two-time All-American in college at BYU.

Jim McMahon was never an MVP-caliber quarterback, but he didn't need to be for the Chicago Bears to win Super Bowl XX. Instead, the team relied on their stacked defense and a legendary running back in Walter Payton to carry them through the season.

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Name this quarterback who won the first two Super Bowls with the Green Bay Packers.

Bart Starr helped define the NFL after the merger with the AFL by winning both the first and second Super Bowls with the Green Bay Packers. He was named the MVP of both games, as the Packers easily defeated their opponents.

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How well do you know this quarterback who planned to retire before he went on to win Super Bowl XXV as a backup?

Jeff Hostetler wasn't the full-time starter for the New York Giants when they made it to Super Bowl XXV. However, an injury to starting quarterback Phil Simms left Hostetler in charge of the Giants offense, and he put on a great playoff run to win his only championship as a starter.

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This quarterback has more Super Bowl titles than any other. Who is he?

Tom Brady started off his career as a game manager but was still able to help the New England Patriots win three Super Bowl titles. However, he only got better as his career progressed, eventually becoming a three-time NFL MVP and winning six total titles.

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The Indianapolis Colts retired No. 19 for which Super Bowl-winning quarterback depicted in this image?

Johnny Unitas was a top NFL quarterback long before the Super Bowl era began, winning two NFL championships prior to the merger with the AFL. He finally captured a Super Bowl title during the 1970 season by helping the Baltimore Colts defeat the Dallas Cowboys 16-13.

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Which Super Bowl-winning quarterback depicted here was drafted in the ninth round of the 1992 NFL Draft?

Thanks to an outstanding defensive performance by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII, Brad Johnson didn't have to do much to win the game. Still, he managed to get the ball in the end zone twice through the air, as the Buccaneers blew out the Oakland Raiders 48-21.

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Does this quarterback who went to his only Pro Bowl in 1997 have a familiar face?

Trent Dilfer wasn't the starter coming into the Baltimore Ravens' championship season in 2000, but he was given the job after the Ravens failed to score an offensive touchdown four weeks in a row. Dilfer didn't win his first game as a starter but went on to win every other game for the rest of the season.

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Do you know this quarterback who played college football at Purdue before his professional career began?

The role of the quarterback has changed substantially since Len Dawson played. Now, for a quarterback to win a Super Bowl MVP, they have to pass for over 300 yards and throw multiple touchdowns, while Dawson earned the award after throwing for just 142 yards and a single touchdown.

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