The conference championship games are over and Super Bowl XVI is now set with the New York Giants looking to defeat a familiar foe: The New England Patriots. In the public’s eye though, this game is turning into a lose-lose situation for one Peyton Manning.
On February 5, 2012 the Super Bowl will be played on Peyton’s home turf in Indianapolis. Where younger brother Eli Manning will be vying for his second Super Bowl Championship giving him one more than Peyton. On the other side of the field, Peyton’s rival Tom Brady, will be looking to solidify his 4th Super Bowl ring. A ring that was denied to him four years ago by Eli’s Giants when they gave the then undefeated Patriots their only loss of the season.
All three of these quarterbacks are looking to forge their place in NFL history with the all-time greats. Eli is looking for family bragging rights.
What I don’t understand is the notion that if Eli wins another Super Bowl title, he is automatically a better quarterback than Peyton. I know he’ll have one more Super Bowl, but c’mon, really? Peyton is a once in a generation type of player.
Let’s do a little experiment. I’ll name some QB’s and you list them in order of their greatness.
- Tom Brady
- Terry Bradshaw
- Trent Dilfer
- Dan Fouts
- Jim Kelly
- Brad Johnson
- Eli Manning
- Peyton Manning
- Dan Marino
- Joe Montana
If you go by strictly Super Bowl wins.. here is how the list plays out:
1 – Terry Bradshaw 4
1 – Joe Montana 4
3 – Tom Brady 3
4 – Trent Dilfer 1
4 – Brad Johnson 1
4 – Eli Manning 1
4 – Peyton Manning 1
8 – Dan Fouts 0
8 – Jim Kelly 0
8 – Dan Marino 0
Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson along with players like Mark Rypien should never be in a greatest quarterbacks of all-time conversation. Yes they played on Super Bowl winning teams, and yes they might have had a good year that year, but absolutely no, they are nowhere near greatness on an individual level. Dan Fouts, Jim Kelly, and Dan Marino are all Hall of Fame players. They were not only great individually, but they made other good players great also. None of them won a Super Bowl, but anyone who is knowledgeable about football and realistic when it comes to this topic can tell you that they dominated the game when they played and are deserving to be recognized as one of the all time greats.
So please, let’s get off the “if Eli Manning wins the Super Bowl he is a better quarterback than Peyton” train of thought.. it’s ridiculous. Super Bowls are defining moment in players’ careers. But the way they play, and how long they play at a high level should be why they are considered great, not solely Super Bowl wins.
The unfortunate part about this view-point (my view-point) is that it also means that if Tebowmania continues to win games, (stealing a line from former WWE Star – The Rock) IT DOESN’T MATTER if he can throw or not, I’ll have to give him the some recognition. Lucky for me though, I won’t have to break down and admit to anything for another 5 or 6 years about Tebow.
Anyway, all that aside, it is Super Bowl time! My prediction: New England Patroits win 27-24.