John Elway VS. Brett Favre

Now that Brett Favre’s season, and possibly career is over, Patrick Saunders from the Denver Post gets the debate going. Who was the better quarterback – Elway or Favre?

Both QBs played with a lot of heart, and a type of reckless abandon. There are 7 Super Bowl appearances and 3 Super Bowl wins between the two of them. 

Brett Favre gets the nod for better numbers: 65,127 total yards, 464 TD passes, 310 INTs, and a QB rating of 85.4 isn’t too bad for a guy who’s played in 289 regular season games and 22 playoff games.

John Elway stands at 51,475 total yards, 300 TD passes, 226 INTs, and a QB rating of 79.9. Favre has played 35 more games than Elway thus far.

Favre and Elway are nearly neck and neck when it comes to interception frequency. Put the two guys in a playoff game against eachother and you can bet one of them would make a big mistake in the final minutes of a close game. It’s the type of thing that comes with gunslingers. They put a lot of money into the machine with the hopes of a big payout – on the flip side, they can lose big too.

Maybe that’s why we rarely see a team with a mediocre QB make it to the Super Bowl. Look at this year’s matchup, look at last year’s. The guys that take risks come up on success eventually while the conservative QBs go 8-8 and huddle around the TV during the playoffs.

Back to the debate. Who’s the better QB? Who would you rather see lead your team out of the tunnel?

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  • Ryan, Bend OR

    Brett Favre! No question. Montana, Manning (if he wins the SB this year), Favre, Elway, Unitas…

    Elway has 2 SBs with one against Favre but also lost how many? Favre has nd one SB a3 MVPs and should have had his 4th MVP this season over Manning as his #s were better and he is 40. Wow! If Favre had taken the Vikes this year and beat Manning, he would be 2nd all time!

    Favre is a warrior and played longer than Elway. But that is not a given just because he plays. He had to throw 33 TDs this season as they weren’t given to him. John was a warrior as well but not like Favre.

    Brett the Viking! One more year Brett since you are under contract… Vikings win SB 45 over Patriots!

  • Kim Constantinesco

    Wow – a Broncos fansite and the only vote is for Favre? Come on, readers!

  • J. Claes

    Brett Farve! Here are my reasons. 1. A 40 year old makeing 20 and 30 something year olds look like babies in the NFL when they take a hit!!! (they don’t smile like Brett when they get hurt in front of national television, they hide behind the doctors). 2. Although a gunslinger, just the right talented set of recievers and you have a problem defenses would not be able to solve. (this means more touchdowns in a single season of course). 3. 22 playoff games!!! (he knows how to get to the post season with or without talent). This list can go on but here is my final say. I think John Elway, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Tom Brady & Payton Manning are all excellent QB’s the NFL is so blessed to have entered the sport. Brett Farve has raised the bar on how old HE can play the game and show the world that HE did not have to retire at 37,38 or 39. He is in a class of his own. He has NOT embarrased himself at all. Let the man play the game until he can’t. May he continue his record breaking legacy. End of comment!

  • Kim Constantinesco

    Damn! 2-0 Favre.

  • David

    Brett Favre my foot JOHN ELWAY!!!

  • Bob

    John Elway has two rings Brett has one

  • fsdfs


  • go elway!!!!


  • David from Texas

    I’m going to have to go with Elway on this one.

  • Alex Akopyan

    The passing stats don’t tell everything. John Elway could also beat you with his legs. Elway knew when to retire, played his entire career with 1 team, went to all the training camps, was more of a class act, made fewer bone-headed decisions in big games, spent most of his career on worst teams than Favre, so I have to give it to Elway. Brett Favre is great, fun to watch, will be a sure-fire 1st ballot Hall of Famer, but not the total package that John Elway was when it comes to throwing, running and setting excellent examples for teammates.

  • Bryan Hook

    John Elway hands down… Favre has bigger numbers but also more seasons cause he doesn’t know when to quit… Like Bob said Elway has two rings… but not only that, one of his rings was won against Brett Favre and his cheezehead Packers.