Top 10 legacy-altering seasons for a quarterback - RealClearSports

The quarterback is the glamour position in the NFL. But the job comes with the burden of scrutiny, and when a career is over, it's all about the legacy: the stats, the wins and most importantly the Super Bowl rings. For Peyton Manning, the dig was always that he didn't have the rings, and Tom Brady did, which meant Brady was better. Then Manning got his Super Bowl win in 2006, and things changed.

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 02: Washington Redskins' 'Slinging' Sam Baugh shoots a pass during football practice at Westchester Biltmore. (Photo by Leroy Jakob/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Washington Redskins quarterback "Slinging" Sam Baugh
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 02: Washington Redskins' 'Slinging' Sam Baugh shoots a pass during football practice at Westchester Biltmore. (Photo by Leroy Jakob/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
1987: Doug Williams #17 of the Washington Redskins scrambles with the ball during a 1987 NFL season game. (Photo by: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Washington Redskins: Doug Williams
1987: Doug Williams #17 of the Washington Redskins scrambles with the ball during a 1987 NFL season game. (Photo by: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints walks off the field after their 26-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 13, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Drew Brees
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees
ATLANTA - DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints walks off the field after their 26-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 13, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Drew Brees
30 Nov 1997: Quarterback John Elway of the Denver Broncos passes the ball during a game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn /Allsport
Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway
30 Nov 1997: Quarterback John Elway of the Denver Broncos passes the ball during a game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn /Allsport
UNDATED: Quarterback Warren Moon #1 of the Houston Oilers calls the play against the Los Angeles Rams at Anaheim Stadium circa 1984 in Anaheim, California. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)
Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon
UNDATED: Quarterback Warren Moon #1 of the Houston Oilers calls the play against the Los Angeles Rams at Anaheim Stadium circa 1984 in Anaheim, California. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 7: Quarterback Kurt Warner #13 of the Arizona Cardinals enters the game against the St. Louis Rams during their NFL Game on December 7, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 7: Quarterback Kurt Warner #13 of the Arizona Cardinals enters the game against the St. Louis Rams during their NFL Game on December 7, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls out signals during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium November 25, 2007 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots won 31-28. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls out signals during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium November 25, 2007 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots won 31-28. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 2: Quarterback Dan Marino #13 of the Miami Dolphins goes back to pass in a game against the Los Angeles Raiders on December 2, l984 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 2: Quarterback Dan Marino #13 of the Miami Dolphins goes back to pass in a game against the Los Angeles Raiders on December 2, l984 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 29: New York Jets' Joe Namath (right) and Don Maynard are surrounded by reporters after winning the AFL Championship, 27-23, over the Oakland Raiders. (Photo by Dan Farrell/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 29: New York Jets' Joe Namath (right) and Don Maynard are surrounded by reporters after winning the AFL Championship, 27-23, over the Oakland Raiders. (Photo by Dan Farrell/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 22: Quarterback Joe Montana #16 of the San Francisco 49ers passing in Super Bowl XXIII against the Cincinnati Bengals on January 22, 1989 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 22: Quarterback Joe Montana #16 of the San Francisco 49ers passing in Super Bowl XXIII against the Cincinnati Bengals on January 22, 1989 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

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