This Sunday: We All Should Feel Lucky
This Sunday we have a chance to see what could be the final meeting between two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the National Football League. It is a quarterback league, and it has a rich quarterback history, however these two dudes will go down in history as number one-and-two greatest quarterbacks ever depending on which requirements you base your list on.
Do you fancy stats, or rings? Big numbers in the regular season or playoff success? Dating super models or playing for two cities that have mascots that are horses? Either way these two guys Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady (if you couldn't figure that out on your own) are legendary. One was drafted first overall, and the other was a sixth rounder. One was a bench warmer at first, and the other was billed as a Hall of Fame player before he even stepped on an NFL field.
This Sunday one of their reputation will grow even bigger, and one of theirs will come into question whether they are as great as we made them out to be. If Tom Brady wins on Sunday, he will become the first quarterback to ever play in six Super Bowls, but if he loses on Sunday it will be over 10 years since Brady last won a Super Bowl. If Manning wins he will show that he is still elite and will be playing in his third Super Bowl, but if he loses his playoff record will drop to 10-12 and be regarded as just an elite regular season quarterback but a sub-par playoff quarterback.
Throw out all the what ifs and what could have been; just take this match-up at face value. We are lucky to have been able to see these guys compete against each other for over a decade. This match-up might be pitting the Denver Broncos against the New England Patriots, but it will be remembered for Manning vs Brady for the fifteenth time (Brady-10, Manning-4). In sports we have always had great match-ups like Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees, but this one might go down in history as the greatest to date.
Two guys from two different back rounds. One was an Heisman Trophy finalist, and the other split time at starting quarterback in college. One came from a football family, and the other is from California. But on Sunday for three hours forget the history, and the stats, and the rings; just take it in, that this might be the final meeting between these players, and if it is expect some fireworks at the end. One might be the greatest statistic quarterback in NFL history, and the other might end up with the same amount of Super Bowl rings as Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw; but just feel lucky that these two played in the same era as each other because this match-up is the greatest rivalry in NFL history.
So for this Sunday just sit back, relax, and enjoy some good old football, and just remember that you are watching two first ballot Hall of Famers compete for immortality.