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Lowell Cohn: Five tops among all-time favorite quarterbacks

  • New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees looks to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Drew Brees is the reason for this column. I got to thinking I love Drew Brees the quarterback, love to watch him work and play.

Then I asked myself: "Who are my top-five, all-time favorite quarterbacks?" Not the best. The five I love or loved to watch more than anyone else. I'm limiting my discussion to the 1980s and after. Sorry, Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw and Y.A. Tittle. Sorry, John Brodie.

It turns out my five are all pretty good. Note: I'll get back to Brees anon. (Don't know if I ever wrote the word "anon" before.) Here they are.

<b>Joe Montana</b>

Duh. I was lucky. I got to cover most of Montana's career — before he went to Kansas City. You might say I was blessed. So, I'm not going to dissect what Montana did, although I will say he's the best quarterback I ever had the privilege to watch.


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