There are now a total of 20 quarterbacks that have started in the Super Bowl at least two times. Tom Brady has the most starts with six, while John Elway is a close second with five. Brady has a 3-2 record in his first games prior to this year’s Super Bowl against the Seahawks, while John Elway has a 2-3 record. Both quarterbacks will go down in history as two of the best passers in the league. However, when it comes to actually winning the big game, there are several other quarterbacks I would rather have on my team.
Terry Bradshaw has won the Super Bowl every time he has made an appearance. Between 1975 and 1980, Bradshaw led his Steelers to four Super Bowl appearances and four Super Bowl titles. From 1982 to 1990, a well-known quarterback named Joe Montana accomplished that same feat.
Roger Staubach and Jimmy Kelly also have four Super Bowl starts, but they have not fared as well as Bradshaw and Montana. Staubach at least has something to show for his efforts. He split his four starts for a 2-2 record, while Jimmy Kelly was never able to win the big game in four tries.
There are five active quarterbacks on this 20-man list. Brady leads the way with six, while Peyton Manning has the second-most with three. The elder Manning has a 1-2 record in the Super Bowl between his time with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos.
Surprisingly, Ben Roethlisberger has also made three Super Bowl starts. It must still hold true that defense wins championships because Roethlisberger has the worst career quarterback rating of all five active players on the list. The Steelers are 2-1 in the Super Bowl during the Roethlisberger era.
Last on the list are Eli Manning and Russell Wilson, who have both made two Super Bowl starts. Manning is 2-0 in his starts, while Wilson is 1-0 with this year’s Super Bowl against the Patriots pending. Check out the complete list of quarterbacks with at least two Super Bowl starts below.
|Tom Brady||6||3-2||New England Patriots||2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2015|
|John Elway||5||2-3||Denver Broncos||1987, 1988, 1989, 1998, 1999|
|Terry Bradshaw||4||4-0||Pittsburgh Steelers||1975, 1976, 1979, 1980|
|Joe Montana||4||4-0||San Francisco 49ers||1982, 1985, 1989, 1990|
|Roger Staubach||4||2-2||Dallas Cowboys||1972, 1976, 1978, 1979|
|Jim Kelly||4||0-4||Buffalo Bills||1991, 1992, 1993, 1994|
|Troy Aikman||3||3-0||Dallas Cowboys||1993, 1994, 1996|
|Bob Greise||3||2-1||Miami Dolphins||1972, 1973, 1974|
|Ben Roethlisberger||3||2-1||Pittsburgh Steelers||2006, 2009, 2011|
|Kurt Warner||3||1-2||St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals||2000, 2002, 2009|
|Fran Tarkenton||3||0-3||Minnesota Vikings||1974, 1975, 1977|
|Peyton Manning||3||1-1||Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos||2007, 2010, 2014|
|Bart Starr||2||2-0||Green Bay Packers||1967, 1968|
|Jim Plunkett||2||2-0||Oakland/L.A. Raiders||1981, 1984|
|Eli Manning||2||2-0||New York Giants||2008, 2012|
|Russell Wilson||2||1-0||Seattle Seahawks||2014, 2015|
|Len Dawson||2||1-1||Kansas City Chiefs||1967, 1970|
|Joe Theismann||2||1-1||Washington Redskins||1983, 1984|
|Brett Favre||2||1-1||Green Bay Packers||1997, 1998|
|Craig Morton||2||0-2||Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos||1971, 1978|
I was surprised to see several great quarterbacks missing from this list. Steve Young is probably the second-best quarterback in 49ers history, but only made one Super Bowl throughout his career.
Jim Hart was a four-time Pro Bowler throughout his career and led his Arizona Cardinals to back-to-back division titles in 1974 and 1975. Unfortunately, he never had a chance to play in the Super Bowl because he was never able to lead his team to victory in a playoff game.
Philip Rivers is another great quarterback that has never made it to the Super Bowl. For a guy that led the Chargers to four consecutive playoff berths and is a three-time Pro Bowler, it is surprising that he has not made a couple trips to the Super Bowl, especially with all the talent he has had surrounding him throughout his career.
The biggest surprise of all missing from this list is Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees. He is one of the all-time greats under center, and he has one Super Bowl win under his belt already. Brees still has time to make this list, but at 36 years old, time is not on his side.