A recent conversation with a Giants fan over the legacy of both Eli Manning and Tom Brady quickly turned to the question, “How many quarterbacks have actually won two Super Bowls?” We both realized that the number was relatively small, but more research was needed. The complete list is below.
Terry Bradshaw (4)
Joe Montana (4)
Tom Brady (3)
Troy Aikman (3)
John Elway (2)
Roger Staubach (2)
Bob Griese (2)
Ben Roethlisberger (2)
Bart Starr (2)
Jim Plunkett (2)
Two things about this list stand out to me; 1) Every retired QB on this list is in the Hall of Fame with the exception of Jim Plunkett, and 2) Bart Starr won 2 Super Bowls (Super Bowl I and II) but also won 3 NFL Championship games before the Super Bowl era began.
It’s pretty clear that Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, and Joe Montana are the most successful quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. While Starr’s NFL Championship game victories aren’t Super Bowls, they are still championships. While the league had far fewer teams at that point giving Starr much greater odds of winning, I think he still deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Bradshaw and Montana.
So back to Eli, Brady, and the current NFL season. During this year’s playoffs Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning have the chance to join this historic class. Tom Brady has a chance to become arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history.
So many QBs have won one, unable to solidify their accomplishment with a repeat performance. Brees, Rodgers, Eli, and Tom all have an opportunity to do something pretty special this time around – and that’s worth watching.