Tom Brady will begin his journey on Sunday in search of a seventh Super Bowl title, following in the footsteps of Peyton Manning, the only starting quarterback to win a ring with two teams.
Brady joins a list of quarterbacks who switched teams in the twilight of his career when he left the New England Patriots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There are plenty of Hall of Fame quarterbacks out there who have moved, but none had the same success as Manning.
Brady, 43, gave 4,057 passing yards and 24 touchdown passes. New England was 12-4, but was ruled out in the first round by the Tennessee Titans. The last assumption Brady left with the Patriots was the pick for Logan Ryan.
His luck with the Buccaneers is undefined at this point. But he has the weapons to get some success almost immediately.
Read below for a list of Hall of Fame quarterbacks who switched teams during the end of their careers.
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Peyton Manning had an illustrious career with the Indianapolis Colts. He was with the Colts for 13 years and missed a season due to a neck injury. He helped the Colts to a Super Bowl XLI victory but left the team in 2012 and joined the Denver Broncos. Although his final season in Denver was not spectacular, the Broncos still managed to reach and win the Super Bowl 50. This was the second title of his career.
Joe Montana led the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl titles between 1979 and 1992 and is widely considered the greatest quarterback of all time. However, as the Kninters moved from Montana prior to the 1993 season, the Hall of Fame quarterback was not eliminated. He joined the Kansas City Chiefs and was successful in playing 25 games and won 2–2 in the playoffs with them. He retired after the 1994 season.
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Joe Namath is mostly known for guaranteeing the New York Jets to defeat the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. The Jets somehow pulled off the unimaginable that helped make Namath’s case better for their future Hall of Fame. But towards the end of his career, he found himself with Los Angeles Ram. He appeared in four matches with Ram in 1977 and won two of them. However, Pat Hayden will be the primary starter and Namath will retire.
When you think of Johnny Unitas, he remembers his illustrious career with the Baltimore Colts. He played for the Colts from 1956 to 1972 and won one Super Bowl and three NFL championships. In 1973, he took his final shot with the San Diego Chargers. Team 2-11-1 and Unitas finished with 471 passing yards and three touchdown passes. The team had only nine touchdown passes in total. Dan Fouts, who was a rogue that season, had six of his TD passes. Unitas retired after the season.
Brett Favre was a gun-fired quarterback, where he went. He would play 16 seasons for the Green Bay Packers after trading him with the Atlanta Falcons prior to the 1992 season. Favre let the Packers go after 2007 and played for the New York Jets for a season with the Minnesota Vikings. He won a Super Bowl with the Packers and scored another one with the Vikings.
NORM VAN BROCKLIN
Norm Van Brocklin was a quarterback for the Ramos of Los Angeles from 1949 to 1957. “The Dutchman” retired after six Pro Bowl appearances after the 1957 season, but six months later he returned to the football field for the Philadelphia Eagles. He went on to have three more Pro Bowl seasons and was named an All-Pro in his final season – 1960. He won two NFL titles – one with the Ram and the other with the Eagles.
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Despite playing only four seasons with the New York Giants, YA Tittle is considered one of the franchise’s biggest quarterbacks. But before joining the Giants in 1961, he played for the Baltimore Colts and the San Francisco 49ers. He was a four-time pro bowler between 1951 and 1960 with 49ers. He finished his career with seven Pro Bowl selections and three All-Pros. He won the MVP Award in 1963.
George Blanda was a man in the NFL. He could throw, kick and punt in the league until he was 48 years old. He began his career with the Chicago Bears in 1949, played for the Baltimore Colts in 1950, but then again with the Bears from 1951 to 1958. 1959 but returned in 1960 with the Houston Oilers in 1966 when he joined the Oakland Raiders. He won three AFL championships during his career.
No matter what Frank Tarkenton played during his career, in which he had success. He did two stings with the Minnesota Vikings and another with the New York Giants. However, he finished his career without an NFL championship or Super Bowl ring. He had nine Pro Bowl selections and an MVP.
Warren Moon was a nine-time pro bowler and won the 1990 Offensive Rookie of the Year. He had Pro Bowl seasons with the Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks during his long career. Although Moon never appeared in the Super Bowl, he managed to throw for 49,325 yards and 291 touchdowns.
“The Snake” won a Super Bowl title with the Oakland Raiders during the 1976 season. He had most of his success with the Raiders during his career. He managed to make another playoff appearance with the Houston Oilers during the 1980 season but that would be it. He played two final seasons with the New Orleans Saints before retiring.
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Kurt Warner was a Super Bowl champion with the St. Louis Ram and led the “Greatest Show on Turf” in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Although it seemed like his career when he was with the New York Giants and lost his job to Eli Manning, he experienced a resurgence with the Arizona Cardinals between 2005 and 2009. He led the Cardinals to Super Bowl XLR only to lose. Pittsburgh Steelers by four points.