And the results are in my friends. I am happy to report that we finished with 49 voters at the end of week 1 and selected an eclectic group of favorites as POD and Friends Top QB's of All time.Our favorite gunslingers range from the 1980's all the way up to current players on our top 5 list. And with no further ado, I present our top 5 in reverse.
#5 Kicking off our list is a Lion killer who we have all had the unpleasant fortune to see stomp the stuffing out of our Lions on way to many occasions. I am going to put some of his stats up but I am very concerned he may be back to haunt us again and break even more of his own records. That's right; we are talking about the one and only Brett Favre. The most durable of all the QB's to ever play the game; Brett Lorenzo Favre was a 20 year veteran of the NFL and holds just about every record possible for a QB.He was originally drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 1991 as the 33rd overall pick. He was then traded to the Green Bay Packers the following off season. From 1992-2007 he steered the Packers to 2 Super bowl appearances, and 1 win. Most impressively, he was the first NFL player to win 3 straight AP MVP awards.One of Favre's more important records is his "Iron Man" streak with 285 consecutive starts and if you count playoff games, it rises to a mind boggling 309. that number predates the beginning of the 2010 season, very impressive all on it's own. Like I said he owns almost every single QB record that is kept, so to put them all on here would be over kill. Anyone who has ever seen the man play the game knows that Brett never lost his enthusiasm for the game;he played the game like it was his first game, each and every single week.Whether you loved him or hated him,Brett Favre will go down as 1` of the top 5 QB's of all time just on his records alone. However, there was more to Favre than just his stats. He was "Captain Comeback" for 19 of his 20 years as a starter and during that time he dashed so many of our hopes for victory as NFCN fans that he ended up as hated outside of GB as he was cherished within.As was discussed a few weeks ago i.e. #20 being retired for the entire NFL, perhaps #4 should be right next to it. Outside of Football, Brett Favre was just as impressive as he was on the field. He started the "Favre 4 hope Foundation" which is a supporter of the Make a wish foundation of Mississippi and in 2010 made a personal commitment of $1.2 million dollars, with $100,000 going straight to the make a wish foundation. Love him or hate him, Brett Favre is one of a kind and gave football a good guy to root for for 20 years. #4 on our list of NFC North favorite QB's is a hypersonic gunslinger who needs no real introduction to any fan. Dan Marino the ultimate cannon at the QB position was the holder of just about every record in the books, until Brett came along. Daniel Constantine Marino Jr. was born on September 15, 1961. He was one of the very few to start and play every single snap for the same team for his entire career. As the last of the QB's drafted in the great class of 1983 in the first round, Marino became one of the most prolific quarterbacks in league history, holding or having held almost every major passing record. I think Dan will always be remembered as the QB with the quickest release in the history of the game, with one of the most powerful arms ever. "Dan the Man" lead the Dolphins to the playoffs 10 of his 17 years as an NFL quarterback and was introduced into the Hall of Fame in the class of 2005. In his college years he lead the Pitt Panthers to the Sugar Bowl game his senior year but unfortunately lost to Southern Methodist and the vaunted "Pony Express" with Eric Dickerson and Craig James. I mentioned how Marino was the last QB to be drafted in the first round in 1983 just to hash some old memories of the past. Here are the guys who were drafted in front of him:Ken O'Brian, Tony Eason, Todd Blackledge, and the 2 HOF'ers Jim "K-Gun" Kelly and the original "Captain Comeback" John Elway. That's some pretty nice names to be associated with. As a professional, one of his great accomplishments is he will be forever known as the first rookie QB to start in a Pro-Bowl game.The next year, his Sophomore slump year, Marino went on to break 6 NFL full-season passing records, including most TD passes (48), passing yards (5,084) and was voted MVP, and took the Dolphins to Super Bowl XIX. Unfortunately for Dan, he faced off against the San Francisco 49'ers and another HOF QB in Joe Montana, losing by the score of 38-16. That would be the great Dan Marino's only trip to the Super Bowl. It's sad that a man, who was at one time considered the greatest QB of all time, will only be known as the guy who played in "Ace Ventura Pet Detective" by some of the younger guys. My favorite memory of Marino was late in the game against the Jets and with no time left on the clock, he rushed his Dolphins to the line of scrimmage acted like he was going to spike the ball and instead tossed the game winning TD in a play that was forever known as "The Clock Play". #3 on our list of all time favorites is a personal favorite of min from the University of Michigan. I think just by the last statement you all know I'm talking about Tom Brady a.k.a Tom Terrific". Thomas Edward Patrick Jr. was born August 3, 1977 in San Mateo, California. I don't think I need to go into all that much about his college days since most of us are Big 10 fans and know he was the QB for a damn good set of Michigan teams that won both of their bowl games that Brady started. He held or still holds, Michigan records for most pass attempts and completions in a season (214) amongst others. As a Wolverine Brady won 20 of 25 games he started. Brady was drafted #199th, as a compensatory pick in which the Patriots were torn by 2 different QB's. One was Tom Brady and the other was Tim Rattay. I think the Patriots made the right choice.Sorry about your luck SF fans. Brady has many records to his name and here are just a few of them: Most passing TD's regular season 50 (yes 50 as in five oh) in 2007, and if you count the playoffs that year it brings his total to 56. Largest TD to pic ratio 9:1 (36TD's/4ints. 2010). Only Qb to start and win 3 Super Bowl's before his 28th birthday. Tom is the only QB that I know that has twice achieved a perfect QB rating of 158.3 and he did it at Miami, October21, 2007, and again last year against my Lions in that Thanksgiving day game November 25, 2010.I want to hate him for that last one but I just can't hate on a Michigan QB at any level. . . Yeah I'm a homer so what? Since Tom replaced Drew Bledsoe all those years ago he has been considered one of the elite quarterbacks in the league every year not counting his injury year in 2008. However you feel personally about Tom Brady he will go down as one of the best QB's of all time when his playing days are over and he is enjoying his life with SUPER hot Gisele Bundchen, I don't think he will be looking back. I am so envious of a guy who can let go of a true 9 and land a 10. . . .I hate you for that Tom. Well, that is it for the QB's in order from 5 to 3 but in case you guys are wondering how everyone else did in our weekly poll of fan favorites I will list them for you now as honorable mentions by us fans of the NFC North. #6 was Aaron Rogers who came on strong by all the GB faithful with 33 votes. At #7 John Elway who received 30 votes. At #8 was the top of the older generation and that is Johnny Unitas with 27 votes.At #9 we see our first Lion, Matt Stafford wound up with 25 votes but lets see how he does in a few years.At #10, a guy who I don't like and personally despise,Mike Vick who landed 20 votes. At #11 we have a 2 way tie with Fran Tarkenton and Kurt Warner both getting 19 votes. At #13 is Warren Moon who had 17 votes. #14 was Stevy Young with 15 votes. At #15 is the N.O. Saints hero, Drew Brees garnering 14 votes. At #16 we have the second of the older QB's in Bart Starr,"The O.G" QB of the Green Bay Packers who took 11 votes. #17 is one of my all time favorites in Dan Fouts who received 9 votes. At #18 we have a 4 way tie with Bobby (the curse) Lane,Terry Bradshaw,Ken Stabler, and Sammy Baugh who all got 8 votes. #22 we see a 3 way tie with Steve "Air" McNair (RIP), Randall Cunningham and Doug "Flakes" Flutie who all received 7 votes. #25 is Donovan"Chunkie Soup" McNab, and "K-Gun" Jim Kelly who had 6 tallies. At #27 we see Charlie Batch, Jamarcus Russel, Billy Kilmer and George Pimplton who all got 5 votes. At #31 we have a log jam from here on out, Garcia, Webb, Graham,Reich,DeBerg,Ryan, and the Hostetler who all received 4 votes. #38 we see Henne, Namath, Laundry,Staubach, Rothlisberger, and Vinnie Testaverde with 3 tallies.At #44 you have the likes of Shaub, Harringtin,Rivers,Kosar and Frerotte who all had 2 votes. And with 1 vote at #49 the following list of mentioned QB's is Freeman,Bledsoe,Hasselbeck,Hipple,McCoy,Bollinger,D Williams and Rex Grossman. there you have it guys the low down and dirty of our favorites at the QB position, later in the week you will see our top 2 at the QB position.