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Football has always been competitive. Between the hard hits, Hail Marys, and playoff picture, quarterbacks have a lot riding on their shoulders in the pursuit of gridiron glory. That performance standard continues off the field: Since the days of Joe Namath, the quarterback is often the sartorial captain for his team as well. And today, with QBs like Cam Newton, RGIII, and Mark Sanchez gracing the cover of GQ, players have had to step up their everyday style. In honor of this Sunday’s festivities, we present the most stylish QBs of all time. Crack open a tall boy and take notes.
Broadway Joe was the Che Guevara of athletic fashion. Before him, football players dressed like FBI agents. This is the guy who made it safe to walk the sidelines in a full-length fur coat.
The best of the pre-Namath era. Like Don Draper in leather pads.
In the words of Abe Simpson: a haircut you could set your watch to. The flattop doesn’t work for many men, but it sure did for Unitas.
When his football career didn’t pan out, the Paris Review founder traded in the pigskin for parchment—and went back to notching high points in his signature WASP style.
There’s nothing exciting about his Fox NFL Sunday wardrobe, but back in the day, Bradshaw was kind of a bad ass.
The word “Raiders” and “tasteful” are pretty much antonyms, except when it comes to Tom Flores. He did amazing things with the simplest, most monochrome ingredients.
Everyone sneers at high-waisted khakis, but look at what Sam Jones is doing with them. Not so square now, are they?
Wearing a sweatshirt of yourself? Dude was the Power Ballad of NFL quarterbacks.
Love him or hate him, you must give credit where credit is due: The man wears a nice suit. After all, when your wife is the world’s most famous supermodel, you really can’t slack with your style choices. Let the UGGs debate begin.
Who else could throw a football over them mountains? Laugh all you want, but Uncle Rico knew his color, and his color was baby blue.
The Joe Namath of his day. Where Namath got vitriol for his sideburns, Kaepernick gets it for his tats, and we’re not calling an audible. He wears them well.