Can You Name All of These NFL Quarterbacks from a Photo?

By: J.P. Naomi
Image: By Steve Jurvetson, via Wikimedia Commons

About This Quiz


Are you ready to take the snap, jog back a few steps and throw that game-winning Hail Mary pass?! It's time to see how well you know some of the greatest quarterbacks to have played in the NFL, and some of them still do! We'll show you a photo, and you give us the name. Think you're up for the challenge? Or will the play clock run out on you?! 

From Bart Starr to Tom Brady, from the Buffalo Bills to the Dallas Cowboys, quarterbacks and their teams have one goal all season long... to WIN. THE. SUPER. BOWL! One game at a time. One half at a time. One play at a time. 

And where does it all begin? With the quarterback! Sure everyone has to do their own part, that's why it's called a team. But the quarterback leads - with confidence - from the locker room to the huddle, calling out plays, calling out movements from the line of scrimmage - 52's the mike! And when the game clock runs out, only one team can win. Did you do enough? Did you motivate and lead your team well enough? Did... you... WIN!?

It's time to find out! Let's see how well you know these NFL quarterbacks! SET ... HUT, HUT, HUT!

Did you know that Tom Brady has led his team to more division titles (15) than any other quarterback in NFL history? Not only that, but Brady is a five-time Super Bowl champion - in case anyone needed a reminder!

Did you know that Peyton Manning was an NFL quarterback for 18 seasons? He played mostly with the Indianapolis Colts and finished up his career with the Denver Broncos.

Brett Favre played quarterback in the NFL for 20 seasons. He played for the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings. He was the first NFL quarterback to pass for 500 touchdowns, throw for 70,000 yards, complete 6,000 passes and attempt 10,000 passes!

Warren Moon played quarterback in both the NFL and CFL (Canadian Football League) from 1978 - 2000. He was selected to the Pro Bowl nine times, being named Pro Bowl MVP in 1998!

Did you know that John Elway was selected first overall in the 1983 NFL draft? He played his whole career for the Denver Broncos from 1983 - 1998.

Bart Starr played quarterback for the Green Bay Packers from 1956 - 1971. Starr is the only quarterback in NFL history to lead a team to three consecutive championships (1965–67).

Randall Cunningham was a quarterback in the NFL for 16 seasons. He played mostly with the Philadelphia Eagles, and enjoyed some time with the Vikings, Cowboys and Ravens as well. He had a career passer rating of 81.5.

Daniel Constantine Marino Jr. played 17 seasons for the Miami Dolphins. Did you know that he was the last quarterback of the quarterback class of 1983 to be taken in the first round of the draft?

Drew Brees began his NFL career with the San Diego Chargers in 2001. He is currently the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, with whom he won the Super Bowl in 2010.

Nicknamed Big Ben, Ben Roethlisberger was born on March 2, 1982 in Lima, Ohio. Since 2004, he has been the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers and won two Super Bowl championships with them.

"Joe Cool" played quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers from 1979 - 1992 and then for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1993 - 1994. Prior to his time in the NFL, he helped lead Notre Dame to a victory in the national championship.

Donovan Jamal McNabb played quarterback for 13 seasons in the NFL - mostly with the Philadelphia Eagles. Before his NFL career, McNabb played football and basketball for Syracuse University.

Fran Tarkenton played in the NFL for 18 seasons and spent the majority of his career with the Minnesota Vikings. During his career, he passed for 47,003 yards!

Johnny Unitas was a record-setting quarterback, and the NFL's most valuable player in 1959, 1964, and 1967. For 52 years he held the record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass, until Drew Brees broke the record on Oct. 7, 2012.

Terry Bradshaw played in the NFL for 14 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. During his time, he won four Super Bowl titles, becoming the first quarterback to win three and four Super Bowls. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989

Did you know that Eli Manning was drafted as the first overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, but then was immediately traded to the Giants? He is the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and the younger brother of former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.

Jim Kelly played quarterback for the Buffalo Bills from 1986 - 1996. He was selected to the Pro Bowl five times during those years and his number 12 was retired by the Bills in 2001.

Did you know that Philip Rivers was selected fourth overall in the 2004 NFL draft? He has played quarterback for the Chargers ever since - first in San Diego and now in Los Angeles.

Number 8 Troy Aikman was the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys from 1989 - 2000. He helped the Cowboys win three Super Bowl championships, being named MVP for one of them!

Aaron Rodgers has served as the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers since they drafted him in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft. He began his NFL career by backing up Brett Favre.

Did you know that Kenneth Michael Stabler was nicknamed "Snake"? He served as the quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints between the years 1968 - 1984.

Did you know that Steve Young began his road to the NFL at Brigham Young University? In fact he was the runner up for the 1983 Heisman Trophy! He went on to play 13 of his 15 NFL seasons as quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers.

Joe Flacco was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft. He has been the Ravens' starting quarterback ever since and even became the first rookie quarterback in league history to win two road playoff games.

Phillip Martin Simms is a former NFL quarterback who spent his entire 14-year career playing for the New York Giants. During his career, he passed for 33,462 yards. He is currently a television sportscaster for the CBS network.

Dave Krieg is considered one of the most prolific passers in NFL history, ranking among the all-time top 15 in most passing categories. In his 19 seasons, Krieg played in 213 games, completed 58.5 percent of his passes for 38,147 passing yards, 261 touchdowns, 199 interceptions and an 81.5 rating.

Did you know that Drew Bledsoe was selected first overall in the 1993 NFL draft? He was the quarterback of the New England Patriots from 1993 - 2001 when he lost his job due to an injury... which made way for the now-legendary Tom Brady.

After playing college football at Purdue, Len Dawson was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1957. He went on to have an 18-year career in the NFL with a total of 28,711 yards and 239 touchdowns.

After playing quarterback at Boston College, Matt Ryan was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 2008. He has played with them ever since, earning awards such as NFL MVP in 2016, NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2016, and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2008.

During his NFL career, Bob Griese passed for 25,092 yards. He threw for 192 touchdowns and had 172 interceptions. His passer rating was 77.1 and he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.

Did you know that Roger Staubach won Heisman Trophy in 1963 while playing football at the US Naval Academy? He went on to serve a tour of duty in Vietnam and later joined the Dallas Cowboys in 1969. He led the team to the Super Bowl five times, four as the starting quarterback.

Nicknamed Air McNair, Steve McNair played 12 seasons as a quarterback in the NFL. He was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and had a career total of 31,304 passing yards.

Ken Anderson spent his entire professional career playing for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1971 - 1986. He passed for 32,838 yards in his time, and later returned as a position coach from 1993 - 2009!

Carson Hilton Palmer played 15 seasons in the NFL primarily with the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals. He played college football at USC and won the Heisman Trophy in 2002.

Vinny Testaverde played 21 seasons as a quarterback in the NFL. He played for seven different teams during his time, including the Buccaneers, Browns, Ravens, Jets, Cowboys, Patriots and Panthers. He threw for 46,233 yards and 275 touchdowns during his career.

Alex Smith was selected first overall int he 2005 NFL draft. He was the NFL passer rating leader in 2017 and has been selected to the Pro Bowl three times so far in his career.

Originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1998, Matt Hasselbeck spent one season on the practice squad and two seasons backing up Brett Favre before he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2001. He was selected to three Pro Bowls in his career.

Did you know that Dan Fouts played his entire professional career with the San Diego Chargers? From 1973 - 1987, Fouts wore the number 14 as he threw for 43,040 yards and 254 touchdowns.

Quarterback Jim Hart played in the NFL from 1966 - 1984. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Redskins, throwing for 34,665 yards and 209 touchdowns in his career.

Did you know that Roman Gabriel was a fan favorite quarterback in the late 1960s and early 1970s? He was NFL Most Valuable Player in 1969 as well as the NFL passing yards leader in 1973.

Craig Morton was the quarterback of three different teams during his time in the NFL. He played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1965 - 1974, the New York Giants from 1974 - 1976, and finally the Denver Broncos from 1977 - 1982. His career passer rating stands at 73.5.

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