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Bill Barnwell Names The Best QBs Throughout NFL History - Grantland

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 11:  Quarterback Johnny Unitas #19 of the Baltimore Colts rolls out to pass against the Miami Dolphi
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 11: Quarterback Johnny Unitas #19 of the Baltimore Colts rolls out to pass against the Miami Dolphins during an NFL football game December 11, 1971 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Unitas played for the Colts from 1956-72. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

There's something prestigious about being the best quarterback in football. A lot of it comes down to the sheer impact that a truly transcendent quarterback can have; a great quarterback can do more for his team than even a dominant goalie in hockey or an ace starter in baseball. The league's best quarterback is the odds-on favorite each year to win the Associated Press's MVP vote, but last year, quarterbacks took second place to the remarkable comeback of Adrian Peterson, who deservedly won MVP honors. Peterson also claimed a lesser-known title, one he had held unofficially in the past: the Running Back Championship Belt.

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