Tom Brady isn’t playing in this Sunday’s Super Bowl, but if he was, most of the NFL would want him under center for their team. In ESPN.com’s NFL Nation Confidential anonymous player survey, Brady gained the most votes in which quarterback certain players would want on their team with the Super Bowl on the line, which is an extremely accurate assessment. Aside from maybe Joe Montana, there hasn’t been a more clutch quarterback in the history of this league, and even though he hasn’t won a championship since 2004, he has been to two more, and provided plenty of clutch heroics.
Brady received 128 votes, while Peyton Manning came in second, with 86 votes (survey had 320 total votes). Brady and Manning were followed by Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, and finally, Eli Manning. I think this list is decent, but in my mind, it would go like this.
Roethlisberger gets overshadowed at times, because this past decade has been dominate by Brady and Manning, but he is a terrific playoff quarterback, and if I can’t have Brady, I want Big Ben. As for Rodgers over Peyton, until Manning proves that he can get it done in the biggest of moments, I have to give the edge to Rodgers. If this were a regular season poll, Brady and Manning would be tied at the top, but since this is based on who would you want in the Super Bowl, I can’t place Peyton higher than four right now.