Ten Best Super Bowl Quarterbacks Of My Generation
With the Super Bowl this weekend, and two relatively unproven quarterbacks facing off, it certainly doesn't look like the epic battles of the past like Montana and Boomer or Elway and Favre. Instead we have Flacco and Kaepernick, two names that have a long way to go before they're legends. Here is my list of the top 10 quarterbacks of my generation, which starts about 1989, the year I realized what the Super Bowl was.
It pains me to put a guy on the list that beat my beloved Tennessee Titans by a yard to win the Super Bowl, but he was certainly a field general and came back two years later in a close loss to the Patriots and upstart QB, Tom Brady.
Rodgers proved his dominance in 2011, leading the most storied Super Bowl team, Green Bay, back to the promised land. He still has a long way to go, but the best potential to be mentioned in the same breath as Starr and Favre.
It's very rare when a legend leaves a team, that his replacement rises to the same glory, but Steve Young is the best example of this in NFL history. Who would have thought that not only would Young get the 49ers back to the Super Bowl after Joe Montana's departure, but he would set a record of 6 touchdown passes in doing it?
Okay, I had to throw this guy a bone. He took his Buffalo Bills to four straight Super Bowls. Maybe he lost them all, but to get there in four straight years...nobody else can say that. Not Brady, not Griese, not Elway, nobody.
A lot of people have criticized Peyton for choking when it comes to the playoffs, but he does have one ring to brag about. That being said, I truly believe that Peyton is the BEST quarterback to play in a Super Bowl, even if he's not the best Super Bowl quarterback.
I hate to be another one of those guys who compares the Manning brothers, but Eli has two rings and Peyton has one. So, TV broadcasters, stop asking Eli about Peyton every time he does something good. Eli is very good at what he does, and the rings should keep coming.
While the late 80's and early 90's brought some disappointing blowouts in the big game, Elway continued to be one of the best QB's in the NFL, and eventually he got his chance to win the big one two years straight by the late 90's, looking better than ever.
This southern boy brought lots of northern fans to their feet. You'll find that few fans are more rabid in all of sports than Packers fans, and even going .500 in two straight Super Bowls and breaking records left and right, wasn't enough to keep Green Bay fans from becoming irate when Favre went elsewhere. Numbers don't lie, Brett was one of the best.
Its hard for me to put this guy at number two, because I just don't like him. Don't like him, his coach, or the Patriots. Maybe I just don't like how good they are. It's hard to argue with the success of this team. Under Brady, the Pats have become the closest thing to an NFL dynasty since the early 2000's.
In the 90's there were two sports stars that stood above the rest...Jordan and Montana. They were and chances are always will be who I see as the best. 4 Super Bowl wins and 3 MVP awards says it all for this legend.