I firmly believe that football games are best when both the quarterbacks are stars, which is what we’ve definitely got Sunday.
Yeah, yeah, I know, defense wins games and a football takes funny bounces, and, as every bad analyst regularly declares, man, those turnovers can kill you, but football absolutely needs quarterbacks. Otherwise, the sport only has all those faceless battalions of fungible gladiators.
But, ah, the quarterback. His position is unique in team sport, all the more so in today’s passing game. And this Super Bowl looms as even more of a dandy because the two quarterbacks are so in contrast.
Click the audio to hear Frank Deford’s take on quarterbacks, Cam Newton, Peyton Manning and the Super Bowl.