Brett Favre: Where Does He Rank Among the Top Gunslingers in NFL History?

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Brett Favre: Where Does He Rank Among the Top Gunslingers in NFL History?
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Who is the greatest gunslinger of all-time?

To construct a list like this you have to set certain criteria because the term "gunslinger" is used so often and most times incorrectly in my opinion. So here are some basic ground rules for this list.

1) Strong Arm.

A gunslinger by definition is someone who is skilled with a rifle and when a gunslinger appears on the gridiron, he always seems to rifle it in there. A gunslinger should be someone who is willing to go deep and go deep often, one play away from jubilation or misery. A gunslinger in the NFL is sort of like a Ferrari when you're 50, he makes you feel alive and gets all the girls. Write that down.

2) Unpredictability.

Just like those of the Old West, this type of quarterback is unpredictable. You know going in that you're going to either see him put on an aerial display or see a bad episode of the Sopranos (Tony died guys, sorry.)

There will be plays in the game where you will see a gunslinger try a pass you know he shouldn't and no matter how many times he gets taken to the cleaners, he tries it again. This is where the term "shooting themselves in the foot," would come in nicely.

3) Swagger.

The last characteristic of a gunslinger for these purposes is playing within the moment and displaying that bit of swagger. A gunslinger for better or worse has no memory of what did or didn't work because they believe with their strong arm and their be all, end all mentality that whatever little sliver of a passing lane presents itself, they can find their way through it.

Even if just a few series' ago a defensive back took the same pass attempt back for six. This too however can be a great thing because even with struggles, at the end of the game a gunslinger believes he is under control and can sling his team to victory. 

Without further ado, here are the top five best gunslingers in NFL history.

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