Skip to main content
Updated date:

Which Quarterbacks Have Won the Most Super Bowls?

I am a former sports editor and currently serve as a historian with the Society of American Baseball Research and manage a valet operation.

Tom Brady won six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and has since won a seventh with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tom Brady won six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and has since won a seventh with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Which Quarterback Has Won the Most Super Bowls?

Every football player, from the smallest of children to the best of the professionals, dreams about winning the Super Bowl. Those dreams always seem amplified for quarterbacks, the catalyst of any team's offense and the player often given credit for his team's success. The first four Super Bowl MVPs were quarterbacks, and throughout history, a quarterback has won that award 31 times in 55 games, so it's justified that they hold big aspirations of leading their team to a title.

Tom Brady is the quarterback who has won the most Super Bowl championships, leading a group of 12 players with at least two titles to their credit. When Brady won his fifth championship in 2016, he became the winningest quarterback in Super Bowl history, surpassing Joe Monatana and Terry Bradshaw. This article will feature all three of them, and it will also explore all of the quarterbacks to secure at least two Super Bowl victories.

Editor's note: Seasons listed pertain to the NFL season year, not the year the Super Bowl was held. For example, the first Super Bowl was held on Jan. 15, 1967, but it determined the champion of the 1966 season. So in this article, that game would be listed under 1966.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady won a Super Bowl championship in his first season with the team.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady won a Super Bowl championship in his first season with the team.

Tom Brady (7)

  • Years Active: 2000–present
  • Super Bowls Won: 7
  • Super Bowls Lost: 3

In his first season as the starting quarterback of the New England Patriots in 2001, Tom Brady led his team to a Super Bowl championship by defeating the St. Louis Rams, 20–17. From there, he won back-to-back titles in 2003 and '04, before finally winning his fourth Super Bowl in 2014. He became the winningest quarterback in Super Bowl history two years later, and added a sixth title in 2018. After the Patriots opted against re-signing Brady for the 2020 season, he went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and promptly extended his record with a seventh Super Bowl championship in his first season in Florida. Brady has also been named Super Bowl MVP a record five times.

In his 10 Super Bowl appearances, Brady has thrown for an average of 303.9 yards per game, 21 touchdowns, and just six interceptions. He has never rushed for a touchdown in the Super Bowl.

Part of the reason Joe Montana has a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is because of his four Super Bowl championships.

Part of the reason Joe Montana has a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is because of his four Super Bowl championships.

Joe Montana (4)

  • Years Active: 1979–94
  • Super Bowls Won: 4
  • Super Bowls Lost: 0

Joe Montana was undefeated in his four Super Bowl appearances during the 1980s, and led the San Francisco 49ers to the first of those titles in his first season as full-time starting quarterback in 1981. He added a second title by defeating Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins in 1984, and Montana then picked up back-to-back Super Bowl championships in 1988 and '89 — at the time becoming just the second quarterback to record four Super Bowl victories. His best single-game yardage total of 357 came in '88, and he threw for five touchdowns in '89. Montana was named the Super Bowl MVP three times.

In his four showings, Montana averaged 285.5 yards per game and threw for 11 touchdowns. He was never intercepted during a Super Bowl and had rushing touchdowns in each of his first two appearances.

Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw retired as the first player to win four Super Bowls as a quarterback.

Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw retired as the first player to win four Super Bowls as a quarterback.

Terry Bradshaw (4)

  • Years Active: 1970–83
  • Super Bowls Won: 4
  • Super Bowls Lost: 0

Terry Bradshaw was the first quarterback to ever win four Super Bowl championships and he did so by finishing his career undefeated in the Big Game. He was a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers standout and took the franchise to its first championship in 1974 by defeating the Minnesota Vikings, 16–6. Bradshaw followed that up with another championship the next season, and then won back-to-back titles in 1978 and '79. Twice, he defeated the Dallas Cowboys for the Super Bowl crown, and he was a two-time winner of the Super Bowl MVP award.

In his four appearances, Bradshaw averaged 233 yards per game, and threw for nine touchdowns and four interceptions (including three in the 1979 victory over the Los Angeles Rams).

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman was the Super Bowl MVP in 1992, and a jersey of his is seen above as displayed in the Hall of Fame.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman was the Super Bowl MVP in 1992, and a jersey of his is seen above as displayed in the Hall of Fame.

Troy Aikman (3)

  • Years Active: 1989–2000
  • Super Bowls Won: 3
  • Super Bowls Lost: 0

Troy Aikman had a slow start to his career, but he rose to prominence from 1992 to '95 by helping the Dallas Cowboys win three Super Bowl championships in four seasons. The Dallas dynasty opened with back-to-back routs of the Buffalo Bills in 1992 and '93 (including Aikman's four-touchdown showing in '92 that earned him game MVP honors). After a loss in the conference championship in 1994, the Cowboys returned to the Super Bowl in 1995 and defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In his three appearances, Aikman averaged 229.7 yards per game, and threw five touchdowns and one interception.

Bart Starr won the Super Bowl twice while quarterbacking the Green Bay Packers.

Bart Starr won the Super Bowl twice while quarterbacking the Green Bay Packers.

Bart Starr (2)

  • Years Active: 1956–71
  • Super Bowls Won: 2
  • Super Bowls Lost: 0

The first quarterback to win a Super Bowl championship was Bart Starr. The first quarterback to win multiple Super Bowl championships was also Bart Starr. It helped that his team won the first two Super Bowls ever played.

Starr and his Green Bay Packers decidedly defeated the Kansas City Chiefs (35–10) and Oakland Raiders (33–14) in those first two championship games, and Starr was named the game's Most Valuable Player both times. Prior to the Super Bowl, Starr quarterbacked the Packers to NFL championships in 1961, '62, and '65. He and the Packers narrowly lost in the 1960 NFL Championship game.

In his two Super Bowl appearances, Starr averaged 226 yards per game, and threw for three touchdowns and one interception.

John Elway quarterbacked the Denver Broncos to two Super Bowl championships and won another later on as an executive with the team.

John Elway quarterbacked the Denver Broncos to two Super Bowl championships and won another later on as an executive with the team.

John Elway (2)

  • Years Active: 1983–98
  • Super Bowls Won: 2
  • Super Bowls Lost: 3

Widely considered among the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, John Elway needed four trips to the Super Bowl before finding victory. His Denver Broncos took losses in 1986, '87, and '89, but when he returned to the Super Bowl in 1997, he helped push Denver to a 31–24 win over the Green Bay Packers. The next season, Elway picked up another victory after passing for 336 yards in a 34–19 win over the Atlanta Falcons, which served as the final game of his illustrious career. He was selected as the Super Bowl MVP for that effort.

In his five appearances, Elway averaged 225.6 yards per game and threw just three touchdowns. He was intercepted eight times, but also rushed for four touchdowns.

Peyton Manning is one of several quarterbacks who have won two Super Bowl championships, but achieved a rare feat by winning one with two different franchises.

Peyton Manning is one of several quarterbacks who have won two Super Bowl championships, but achieved a rare feat by winning one with two different franchises.

Peyton Manning (2)

  • Years Active: 1998–2015
  • Super Bowls Won: 2
  • Super Bowls Lost: 2

Peyton Manning appeared in two Super Bowls with each the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos, and he went 1–1 for both franchises. He won his first appearance (and Super Bowl MVP honors) in 2006 with the Colts, but lost three seasons later. In his second season after going to Denver, Manning led the Broncos to the Super Bowl but struggled in a blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Two seasons later, however, he and the Broncos put together a championship season to end Manning's career — a 24–10 win over the Carolina Panthers in what proved to be his final game.

Manning was not overly strong in the Super Bowl. In his four showings, he averaged 250.3 yards per game, but threw just three touchdowns and was intercepted five times.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning won a pair of Super Bowls.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning won a pair of Super Bowls.

Eli Manning (2)

  • Years Active: 2004–19
  • Super Bowls Won: 2
  • Super Bowls Lost: 0

Eli Manning led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl championships — both coming as upset wins against the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots. In 2007, Manning was part of one of the most famous Super Bowl plays of all-time, escaping a sack and completing a pass to David Tyree — who added to the play's intrigue by leaping to catch the ball by trapping it against his helmet and hanging on while he came back to the ground. That completion helped set up the game-winning touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 39 seconds to play in a 17–14 victory. Four years later, he completed 5 of 6 passes on the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter of a 21–17 win. Manning was named the Super Bowl MVP both years.

In his two appearances, Manning averaged 275.5 yards per game, threw three touchdowns, and had just one interception.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger picked up two Super Bowl wins during his career.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger picked up two Super Bowl wins during his career.

Ben Roethlisberger (2)

  • Years Active: 2004–present
  • Super Bowls Won: 2
  • Super Bowls Lost: 1

As one of the greatest quarterbacks in Pittsburgh Steelers history, Ben Roethlisberger has led the franchise to three Super Bowls during his lengthy career — winning two. In his second season, he helped lead the Steelers to a Super Bowl title in a matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. Despite his two interceptions in the game, Pittsburgh pulled out a 21–10 victory, and three years later, he led the Steelers to another championship. That one came over the Arizona Cardinals after Roethlisberger completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds to play. He took a loss to the Green Bay Packers in 2010. Roethlisberger is one of just two quarterbacks to win at least two Super Bowls without being named the game's MVP.

In his three appearances, Roethlisberger averaged just 214 yards per game and threw for three touchdowns and five interceptions.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach was a two-time Super Bowl winner.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach was a two-time Super Bowl winner.

Roger Staubach (2)

  • Years Active: 1969–79
  • Super Bowls Won: 2
  • Super Bowls Lost: 2

Roger Staubach didn't have as much longevity as some quarterbacks on this list, but he was a winner during his 11 years in the NFL. Staubach appeared in four Super Bowls during his career with the Dallas Cowboys, alternating wins and losses. He beat the Miami Dolphins in 1971 with a pair of touchdown passes to win game MVP honors, but then threw three interceptions in a 1975 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1977, he completed 17 of 25 passes to push the Cowboys past the Denver Broncos, but Dallas lost a tight battle to Pittsburgh the next season, despite Staubach's three touchdown passes.

In his four appearances, Staubach averaged 183.5 yards per game, and threw for eight touchdowns and four interceptions.

Bob Griese (2)

  • Years Active: 1967–80
  • Super Bowls Won: 2
  • Super Bowls Lost: 1

Bob Griese and his Miami Dolphins teammates lost the first Super Bowl they appeared in in 1971, but they rebounded in the next two seasons to pick up a pair of championships. With that, Griese became the first quarterback to play in three straight Super Bowls. The run-first Dolphins didn't depend upon Griese for production, so he was never named the Super Bowl MVP, but he was very efficient in his two victories. In 1972, Griese completed 8 of 11 passes to finish off the only 17–0 season in NFL history, and in 1973, he was 6-of-7 passing.

In his three appearances, Griese averaged just 98.3 yards per game but completed 63.4 percent of his passes. He threw one touchdown and two interceptions.

Jim Plunkett (2)

  • Years Active: 1971–86
  • Super Bowls Won: 2
  • Super Bowls Lost: 0

Of the Hall of Fame-eligible quarterbacks to have won at least two Super Bowls, Jim Plunkett is the only one not enshrined in Canton. Plunkett won a pair of Super Bowls for the Raiders — for Oakland in 1980 and for Los Angeles in 1983. His three touchdown passes were more than enough in a 27–10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in 1980, which earned him Super Bowl MVP honors. His 80-yard touchdown pass to Kenny King was the longest in Super Bowl history up to that point. Three seasons later, he helped the Raiders to a title over Washington in a resounding 38–9 victory.

In his two appearances, he averaged 216.5 yards per game and threw for four touchdowns. He never threw an interception during the Super Bowl.

© 2021 Andrew Harner

Related Articles