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Sunday, September 2, 2012
QB chat: Theismann, Kelly, Simms, Moon

By Lynn Hoppes

Playbook gathered four quarterback legends -- Phil Simms, Jim Kelly, Joe Theismann and Warren Moon -- to talk about the return of football.

Joe Theismann
Joe Theismann, former Super Bowl champ and current NFL Network broadcaster

"When the NBA had about 15 seven-game playoffs, that's when I knew I was ready for football. Please let the Heat win in four games!

"I know that people don't sit on the fence when it comes to me as a broadcaster. I think it's great. I'm just trying to be honest. A lot of guys in broadcasting can't afford to be honest and then sit down with that person. Everyone is entitled to his own opinion.

"Let's talk about Tim Tebow struggling at quarterback. He's not a very good quarterback -- yet. Will he be? That's something we'll have to see. With Tony Sparano there with the Wildcat, he knows how to use it. Tebow is a better quarterback than Ricky Williams and better than Ronnie Brown -- sometimes. But listen to this, there is no player in the history of pro football -- that's 85 years -- has brought more fans to the game than Tim Tebow. It's human nature to pull for the underdog. People want to see him succeed at all odds."

Jim Kelly
Jim Kelly, Hall of Fame quarterback

"Who doesn't get excited about the start of football? This summer I got tired of watching the NBA, and after watching baseball for a couple of months, I want to watch something different. The fall comes, the leaves start turning colors, it's time to be an NFL fan again.

"Of course, I'm still a big Bills follower. They haven't had a great preseason. Then again, neither did my team when we played. There are huge expectations, more than over the past few years.

"No, I'm not interested in playing again. I had my fun. I'm 52 years old and just had major back surgery. My neck hurts. But my knees are working just fine. That keeps me going. I am spending a lot of my time with my son's foundation, Hunter's Hope. Giving back takes on a whole new perspective about what life is all about.

"I can't give you a Super Bowl prediction because it's too early."

Phil Simms
Phil Simms, former Super Bowl champ and current CBS broadcaster

"I'm excited, even as a broadcaster. I know that football is coming and the march is on. You can tell it is when everyone is talking about fantasy football. That has gotten so big these days. That's one of the big reasons for the growth of the sport. You don't have to be a hard-core fan to get a kick out of it.

"One little thing that I have trepidation about the start of football is all that travel. It's rough."

Warren Moon
Warren Moon, Hall of Fame quarterback and radio announcer for the Seattle Seahawks

"I'm really excited for the Seahawks organization, in which I played for eight years. I have nothing really to do with their success, but I'm around the team and still able to talk about the game of football with the younger players. It's not a bad deal. I enjoy it. I get to talk about the game I love. I try to share my knowledge.

"I'm amazed at how these players are getting better and better. The athletes are getting bigger and stronger. Oh, well, and then there is Russell Wilson. Coach Pete Carroll took some heat for opening up the quarterback competition. I didn't necessarily agree with that, but he felt he didn't have anyone established. And Russell played great. It's definitely a changing of the guard. This kid would have been in the first round instead of the third if he weren't 5 feet, 10 inches. But he's a special player."