The longtime Minnesota Vikings signal caller (who also spent a handful of seasons as a member of the New York Giants) recently suggested he could outplay any of the great quarterbacks who have graced the NFL gridiron, hinting that he was the best quarterback to ever take the field:
“I feel like I can outplay any of the quarterbacks that ever played,” Tarkenton said in an interview with the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Go look at my record. Go look at my record in that era and what I did, the results that I got from passing and rushing. … In my mind, I played better than anybody that has ever played the position.”
Looking at Tarkenton’s resume, which reads more like a novel, he does have an argument – though it might be a small one as many feel greatness comes with Super Bowl rings, of which Tarkenton has none.
There’s no doubt Tarkenton’s in a potential top fifteen discussion in regards to greatest quarterbacks of all-time, likely top ten – but topping the list (or even cracking the top five) seems a bit outlandish.