The NFL is a quarterback driven league. No player’s performance has a bigger impact on whether they make it to the Super Bowl or not. For the most part, elite signal callers tend to run the show. However, we have seen multiple game-managers find their way into the big game.

The big difference between those game-managers and the elite quarterbacks, is the ability to get back to the big game. There have been just 20 quarterbacks to make it to the final game of the season more than once. Of those 20, only 12 have made it on three separate occasions.

The numbers get even smaller when you start looking at quarterbacks that have made 4 or more starts. In fact, just 6 players can claim that accomplishment. At the top of the list is Tom Brady. He just made his 7th appearance in Super Bowl 51. The previous record was held by John Elway with 5. They are the only two with more than 4 starts in the Super Bowl.

While getting to the Super Bowl is quite an accomplishment, the thing that matters above all is wins. The most Super Bowl wins by a single quarterback is 5.  An honor that belongs to none other than Tom Brady, who is re-writing the Super Bowl record books.  Joe Montana (49ers) and  Terry Bradshaw (Steelers) are now tied for 2nd on the list with 4. The impressive thing with Montana and Bradshaw is both went a perfect 4-0.

Of the quarterbacks who have made multiple appearances, 13 of the 20 did so in back-to-back trips. The first to do so was Bart Star back in Super Bowl I & II. The last two do so was Russell Wilson in Super Bowl XLVIII & XLIX .

The quarterback who holds the record for most consecutive trips to the Super Bowl is Jim Kelly. He led the Buffalo Bills to four straight appearances from 1991-94. Unfortunately for Kelly and the Bills, they lost all four games.

What about quarterbacks who have taken multiple teams to a Super Bowl? It’s only happened three times. The most recent was Peyton Manning. He guided both the Colts and Broncos to two different Super Bowls. The first to do so was Craig Morton. He quarterbacked the Cowboys in Super Bowl V and then later led the Broncos in Super Bowl XII. The other quarterback in this group is Kurt Warner. He made two appearances with the Rams before ending his career by taking the Cardinals to SB XLIII.

Complete List of Quarterbacks With Multiple Super Bowl Starts

QuarterbackStartsRecordTeam(s)Super Bowl
Tom Brady75-2New England Patriots2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2017
John Elway52-3Denver Broncos1987, 1988, 1989, 1998, 1999
Terry Bradshaw44-0Pittsburgh Steelers1975, 1976, 1979, 1980
Joe Montana44-0San Francisco 49ers1982, 1985, 1989, 1990
Roger Staubach42-2Dallas Cowboys1972, 1976, 1978, 1979
Jim Kelly40-4Buffalo Bills1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
Troy Aikman33-0Dallas Cowboys1993, 1994, 1996
Bob Greise32-1Miami Dolphins1972, 1973, 1974
Ben Roethlisberger32-1Pittsburgh Steelers2006, 2009, 2011
Kurt Warner31-2St. Louis Rams (2), Arizona Cardinals2000, 2002, 2009
Fran Tarkenton30-3Minnesota Vikings1974, 1975, 1977
Peyton Manning41-2Indianapolis Colts (2), Denver Broncos (2)2007, 2010, 2014, 2016
Bart Starr22-0Green Bay Packers1967, 1968
Jim Plunkett22-0Oakland/L.A. Raiders1981, 1984
Eli Manning22-0New York Giants2008, 2012
Len Dawson21-1Kansas City Chiefs1967, 1970
Joe Theismann21-1Washington Redskins1983, 1984
Brett Favre21-1Green Bay Packers1997, 1998
Craig Morton20-2Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos1971, 1978
Russell Wilson21-1Seattle Seahawks2014, 2015