We are switching gears on our ACC centric blog in this post to talk some NFL football. Sunday Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will go face off for maybe the last time in an attempt to try and send their teams the New England Patriots or the Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl.
How appropriate will that be? The 50th Super Bowl will feature all the usual fanfare, the Super Bowl Commercials, and of course the game itself. This one will be extra special though, because one of the two greatest quarterbacks of this generation will be in the game. If Tom Brady makes it, it will be astonishing 7 Super Bowls for Brady, cementing him win or lose as the greatest quarterback of all time. He may already have that title.
For Peyton Manning, it would be his 4th Super Bowl appearance with a chance to win his second.
In terms of legacy it’s hard for anyone to place Manning above Brady. 4 Super Bowl wins will trump 1 Super Bowl wins or even 2 Super Bowl wins no matter how many MVPs and statistical records are won and set. Manning will always be second to Brady, but that’s OK. Being the 2nd best quarterback of the last 20 years, and one of the 10 best in history is quite a career.
That’s what makes Sunday so special. It’s rare that two players at this stage in their illustrious careers meet with so much on line, especially in a sport like football. I’m drawing a blank to anything in recent sports history that’s similar. Tom Watson nearly won a British Open in the twilight of his golf career, but he wasn’t battling Jack Nicklaus. Michael Jordan wasn’t leading the Washington Wizards to the verge of the NBA Finals near the end of his.
Sunday is an event we simply don’t see often in sports. I don’t really have a rooting interest in the game either. I’m just looking forward to watching two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time battle it out one more time with a Super Bowl on the line. I’m going to enjoy it.