Can You Name These NFL Quarterback Greats From an Image?

By: Bambi Turner
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Can you tell the difference between modern NFL quarterbacks like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning? Think you can name legends of the sport like Joe Montana or Johnny Unitas? If you consider yourself an NFL master, take our quiz to test your quarterback IQ!

It's hard to find a more pressure-packed position in the sports world than that of an NFL quarterback. With thousands of fans screaming in the stadium, and millions more watching on TV, it's up to the quarterback to drive the team down the field, naming plays and scoring touchdowns in a quest for victory -- all while a bunch of 300-pound opponents try to tackle him to the ground.

When he scores, he's a legend, and his name goes down in the record books as one of the greats. When he fails to score, he has the disappointment of millions on his shoulders. Between the pressure and the brutal tackles, the job of the QB might not be quite as glamorous as it seems. 

Yet players dedicate their lives to landing this coveted role. Facing each tackle and getting right back to their feet. This role as the driving force leading the team to victory means that quarterbacks are remembered long after their playing days, as fans reminisce about unbelievable wins, and crushing losses.

Think you can name some of the most popular players to ever take the field? Take our quiz to find out!

Known as The Comeback Kid, Joe Montana played for Notre Dame before he was drafted by the 49ers. After 14 seasons, he moved to the Kansas City Chiefs for two more years on the field. With four Super Bowl wins to his name, Montana was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

Drafted as the 199th pick in 2000 by the New England Patriots, Tom Brady eventually led the team to five Super Bowl wins. He's one of only two NFL players to win five Super Bowls, and the only one to win all five with the same team.

The first pick in the 1998 NFL draft, Peyton Manning spent 18 seasons with the Colts and the Broncos. He won two Super Bowls, and was named MVP at Super Bowl XLI.

John Elway played for Stanford, and became the number one pick in the '83 draft. He won two Super Bowls with the Broncos between 1983 and 1998, and went on to become general manager of the team in 1987.

Nicknamed Captain America, Roger Staubach won the Heisman trophy during his time at the U.S. Naval Academy. After graduation, he joined the Navy and fought in Vietnam before he was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys. He spent 11 seasons with the team, winning two Super Bowls and earning the title of MVP at Super Bowl VI.

Part of the famous class of '83 quarterbacks, Dan Marino was a first-round draft pick. He played for the Miami Dolphins from 1983 to 1999, and while he never won a Super Bowl, he did earn the title of NFL MVP in 1984.

Steve Young played for Tampa Bay and San Francisco between 1985 and 1999. He won three Super Bowls, and was named MVP at Super Bowl XXIX.

Brett Favre QB'ed for the Falcons, Packers, Jets and Vikings between 1991 and 2010. He led the Packers to eight Division titles, appeared in two Super Bowls, and came out victorious in Super Bowl XXXI.

Third round draft pick Dan Fouts played for the University of Oregon before he was picked up by the Chargers in 1973. Between 1979 and 1982, he was the NFL leader in passing yards -- though he never made it to the Super Bowl in this 14 seasons in the League.

Warren Moon played for the Edmonton Eskimos, Houston Oilers, Vikings, Seahawks and Chiefs starting in 1978. Though he never won a Super Bowl during his time as a player, he finally got that ring in 2014 while working as a broadcaster for the Seahawks.

Johnny Unitas played for the Baltimore Colts and the Chargers between 1956 and 1973, earning the title of NFL MVP in 1959, 1964 and 1967. He led the Colts to victory in a championship game against the Giants in 1958 -- an event so legendary it is often called "the greatest game ever played."

Terry Bradshaw won four Super Bowls during his time with the Steelers between 1970 and 1983. He was a two-time Super Bowl MVP, and elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989. Since 1994, he's been a commentator on Fox NFL Sunday.

Ken Anderson played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1971 to 1986. He was named NFL MVP in 1981, and went back to coach for the Bengals and other teams starting in the early '90s.

Drew Brees spent four years with the Chargers before moving to New Orleans and playing with the Saints in 2006. He led the team to victory at Super Bowl XLIV. earning himself the MVP title.

After turning down a contract with the NY Mets to attend college and focus on football, Troy Aikman was the number one draft pick in 1989 when he was snatched up by the Cowboys. He led Dallas to three Super Bowl Bowl wins before retiring in 2000.

The second overall draft pick in '99, Donovan McNabb played quarterback for the Eagles from 1999 to 2009 before moving to the Minnesota Vikings. Before going pro, he played both football and basketball at Syracuse University.

After playing football at Purdue, Bob Griese served as quarterback for the Miami Dolphins from 1967 to 1980. He led the Dolphins to two Super Bowl wins in a row, and was named NFL MVP in 1971.

Fran Trankenton spent 18 seasons playing for teams like the Vikings and the Giants between 1961 and 1978. After leaving the field, he started a software company and hosted "Monday Night Football."

Jim Kelly turned down a chance to play for the Buffalo Bills when he was selected as a first round draft pick, preferring to stay in the U.S. Football League as part of the Houston Gamblers. He ultimately went with the Bills after USFL folded, and stayed in Buffalo until 1996.

Phil Simms was a first-round draft pick in 1979 when he was selected to play for the New York Giants. He spent 14 seasons with the team, winning two Super Bowls and earning the title of MVP at Super Bowl XXI.

After a stint playing for Alabama, Ken Stabler enjoyed a long career in the NFL, playing for teams like the Raiders, Oilers and Saints between 1968 and 1984. He led the Raiders to victory at Super Bowl XI, and earned the NFL MVP title in 1974.

Ben Roethlisberger joined the Steelers in 2004, and was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in his first season. He led the Steelers to victory at Super Bowl XL and XLIII.

Boomer Esiason spent 14 years playing for the Bengals, Jets and Cardinals between 1984 and 1997. He was AFC Player of the Year in 1988, and the NFL MVP in 1998.

Steve McNair played for the Houston Oilers between 1995 and 2006, then spent another two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. Sadly, he was killed by a romantic partner in a murder-suicide in 2009.

John Brodie spent 17 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, and was named NFL MVP in 1970. Since retiring, he has spent some time as a golfer on the senior PGA tour.

Kurt Warner was an undrafted free agent who went on to play for the Packers, Rams, Giants and Cardinals between 1994 and 2009. He led the Rams to victory at Super Bowl XXXIV, earning himself the title of MVP.

Known as Broadway Joe, Joe Namath played for the University of Alabama before moving to the NFL. He played for the Jets between 1965 and 1976, then spent a season with the Rams. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.

Drew Bledsoe played for the Patriots between 1993 and 2001, when he was replaced by Tom Brady. He went on to spend five more seasons with the Bills and the Cowboys.

Aaron Rodgers joined the Packers in 2005. He led the team to victory at Super Bowl XLV, and was named NFL MVP in 2011 and 2014.

The younger brother of Peyton Manning, Eli Manning was drafted by the Chargers in 2004, then immediately traded to the Giants. He led New York to victory at the Super Bowl two times, earning him the title of MVP in both games.

Mark Brunell played for the Packers and Jags between 1993 and 2003, then spent the next eight years with the Redskins, Saints and Jets. During his time with the Saints, he was part of the Super Bowl XLIV-winning team, serving as backup to QB Drew Brees.

Jim Plunkett spent 16 seasons in the NFL between 1971 and 1986, playing for the Patriots, 49ers and Raiders. He won two Super Bowls, and was named MVP of Super Bowl XV during his time with the Raiders.

Craig Morton was a first-round draft pick in 1965. After nine seasons with the Cowboys, he moved to the Giants and then the Broncos.

Tony Romo was an undrafted free agent when he joined the Cowboys in 2003. He was named to the Pro Bowl four times before retiring in 2016.

Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy while playing for Auburn, then was the number one draft pick in 2011. He joined the Carolina Panthers, and was named NFL MVP in 2015.

Philip Rivers played for NC State before he was drafted by the Giants -- who immediately traded him to the Chargers for Eli Manning. He was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2013.

Deshaun Watson led Clemson to a national championship in 2016 before he was drafted by the Texans in 2017 as the number 12 overall draft pick of the year.

After playing for Boston College, Matt Hasselbeck played for the Packers, Seahawks, Titans and Colts between 1998 and 2015. He led the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL, but the team ultimately lost to the Steelers.

Russell Wilson was a successful minor league baseball player before joining the NFL. He became the QB for the Seahawks in 2012, and led the team to victory at Super Bowl XLVIII.

USC retired Carson Palmer's number 3 thanks to the quarterback's success on the college football field as part of the Trojans. He won the Heisman trophy in 2002, then went on to play for the Bengals, Raiders and Cardinals between 2003 and 2017.

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