NFL Quarterback Jersey Numbers

Now that the best professional athletes to wear the numbers 1 through 99 have been laid out, the next project is being contemplated. Maybe the best NFL athletes to wear the numbers 1 through 99? In the meantime, let's take a look at some of the most recognizable jersey numbers to be worn at each major position in the NFL. Remember, this is the most recognizable jersey numbers. We'll interpret recognizable as the average NFL fan (regardless of which team they might root or have rooted for,) recognizing a particular number as being associated with a particular athlete.

To start, let's tackle the quarterbacks of all-time in the NFL, by jersey number. Generally, quarterbacks have worn jersey numbers between 1 and 19, so we will limit list to those particular jersey numbers.

Number 1 - Warren Moon
Number 2 - Charlie Trippi
Number 3 - Jeff George
Number 4 - Brett Favre
Number 5 - Donovan McNabb (also considered:  Paul Hornung)
Number 6 - Jay Cutler
Number 7 - John Elway
Number 8 - Troy Aikman
Number 9 - Sonny Jurgensen
Number 10 - Fran Tarkenton
Number 11 - Phil Simms
Number 12 - Terry Bradshaw (also considered:  Roger Staubach, Joe Namath, Bob Griese and Tom Brady)
Number 13 - Dan Marino
Number 14 - Dan Fouts
Number 15 - Bart Starr
Number 16 - Joe Montana
Number 17 - Steve DeBerg
Number 18 - Peyton Manning
Number 19 - Johnny Unitas

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  1. Tom Brady is better than was Terry Bradshaw, and Steve McNair was better than Tony Romo is.

    Cool site.

    1. Bradshaw played in 4! WON 4! Nuff said!!

  2. Anonymous9:31 PM

    Tarkenton comment is right on. Vince Young had 1 good season, and now rides the bench.

  3. drew brees should be number 9 over tony romo.

  4. Doug Williams was the only #17 QB to win a superbowl and an MVP at that.What's with De Berg?

  5. Manda9:34 PM

    This is a great site, thanks! I being a Romo fan agree that both Drew Brees & Steve McNair should be best 9's over him Lol :P

  6. Anonymous3:49 AM

    Tony Romo over Sonny Jurgensen?

  7. Thanks to the anonymous commenter for pointing out my initial error in listing Tony Romo at number 9 here. The correct number 9 should indeed be Sonny Jurgensen.

  8. Anonymous7:28 PM

    I was the anonymous (and lifelong die hard Redskins fan) to question Sonny over Romo.
    Cheers to you Scott.

  9. I came here to check Rodgers competition at #12. Looks like it'll be tough, but by the time his career is over, I think he'll have a shot to be better than Bradshaw and Brady

  10. Steve9:43 PM

    Aaron Rodgers definitely has a bright future. After an awesome 2010 season and impressive Super Bowl win, he should at least be on the apologies list with Staubach, Namath, Griese, Brady. And Bradshaw should be prepared to move over...

  11. Anonymous9:23 PM

    Rodgers has a few years and a few titles to go before he's mentioned in the same breath as the best 12s. Jim Kelly deserves a nod there before Rodgerx.

  12. Otis...
    Romo is the man. Stop trying to put QBs that don't deserve it higher then him.

  13. Anonymous7:21 PM

    Norm Van Brocklin is clearly miles ahead of Phil Simms at # 11, that's got to just be a mistake. And Steve DeBerg at # 17? He was primarily a backup and placeholder QB - putting him ahead of guys like Jim Hart and even Dave Kreig is pretty silly.

  14. Anonymous6:25 PM

    why do so many nfl quarterbacks have the number 9 right now?

  15. Anonymous8:54 PM

    I dont know anything about the nfl and such, but you helped me with homework thnks=)

  16. Anonymous9:00 PM

    How do you not recognize joe theisman as wearing #7????

  17. Anonymous1:42 AM

    Drew Brees #9

  18. Anonymous12:09 AM

    Tim Tebow number 15!

  19. Anonymous6:45 PM

    Should have went to 21- John Hadl

  20. Anonymous6:50 PM

    Are you serious??? Considering Namath for number 12 and not even mentioning Jim Kelly?

    Namath: 173 tds, 220 interceptions in his career. Arguably the most overrated player of all time.

    Kelly: 237 tds, 215 interceptions in his career. Went to 4 straight superbowls...

    Come on, man!


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