Wednesday, January 29, 2014
NFLN survey/Super Bowl QB: Eagles
By Phil Sheridan
He’s out there somewhere. It will always be a mystery exactly who he is and what he was thinking.
He is the one NFL player, out of 320 surveyed by ESPN.com, who named Michael Vick as the quarterback he would want with two minutes left and the Super Bowl on the line.
Nothing against Vick personally, but his most significant postseason moment came 12 years ago, when he led Atlanta to a victory over Green Bay at Lambeau Field. In his one opportunity to lead a playoff comeback as an Eagle, he threw an interception in the end zone against the Packers three years ago.
Anyway, the national results were about what you’d expect. New England’s Tom Brady was named by 128 players (40 percent). That’s exactly the percentage of the 10 Eagles surveyed who named Brady.
If the results say anything, it is that achievement in the postseason resonates with people. Brady hasn’t won a Super Bowl in 10 years, but there is no taking away what the three championships he did win.
Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, the winning quarterback the day Vick was intercepted to end the Eagles’ comeback, was named by two Eagles. Peyton Manning, who finished second nationally to Brady, was named by just one Eagle.
Drew Brees, Russell Wilson and Joe Flacco -- who was in the situation a year ago -- were also named by Eagles players. Except for Wilson, all of the quarterbacks named by Eagles players have at least one ring. And Wilson may have earned one by Sunday night.