Chat with Jim Plunkett
Plunkett is one of four players to win the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP honors.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, former NFL quarterback Jim Plunkett will be stopping by to chat about his experience as a Super Bowl-winning quarterback.
Plunkett was thrust into the starting role with the Oakland Raiders in 1980 after Dan Pastorini went down with a leg injury. Plunkett led the team to nine wins in the next 11 games and a wild card playoff berth. He went on to take the Raiders to Super Bowl XV where he was named MVP in a 27-10 victory over the Eagles. Another starting quarterback injury in 1983 helped Plunkett back into the lineup where he again led the team to a victory in Super Bowl XVIII over the Redskins.
Plunkett will be one of the 28 quarterbacks featured in ESPN.com's "I Am A World Champion" project, which will take an in-depth look at every signal-caller who has won a Lombardi Trophy.
Send your questions now and join Plunkett Wednesday at noon ET!
Jim, who's your Super Bowl pick?
Jim Plunkett (12:02 PM)
That's a tough one. I think Green Bay is the hotter club but it's hard to go against the Steelers. They are battle-tested and are a turnover creating machine.
Michael Barrett (Indiana)
Which gave you greater satisfaction Jim, winning the Heisman Trophy or the Super Bowl MVP award?
Jim Plunkett (12:04 PM)
They came at different times in my life. Winning the Heisman was the highlight of my college career and a honor that I share with my Stanford teammates. Winning Super Bowl MVP proved that I could still be a starting QB in this league. They were both very meaningful to me, the only difference is they came at different times in my life.
Dave (Philadelphia PA) [via mobile]
What does it feel like holding the Lombardi Trophy for the first time???
Jim Plunkett (12:05 PM)
It was certainly a tremendous time after being in the league for 10 years. It was certainly an exciting time in my life to not only get to a Super Bowl but win it.
Cheesehead Sports Nut (Chicago, IL)
If you had to build a franchise around Aaron Rodgers or Ben Roethlisberger who would you pick?
Jim Plunkett (12:06 PM)
That's a very difficult choice to make and thank goodness I don't have to make it. But I think I'd have to go with Ben Roethlisberger. He's battle-tested and is my guy at this point.
JC (Bismarck, ND)
What should the people that Al Davis listens to (if there is any) be telling him about the future of the Raiders. If you truly love something, let it go.
Jim Plunkett (12:08 PM)
This is Mr. Davis' team. He's done some great things in his career as both a coach and an owner of the Raiders. I think he deserves another crack at winning a Super Bowl before he decides to step down.
what is the single most important attribute that made you so successful?
Jim Plunkett (12:08 PM)
That would be my determination not to fail.
Great seeing you on the sidelines at the Orange Bowl. Fortunate camera shot for many. What do you think about today's modern player criticizing (via twitter) another player about an injury?
Jim Plunkett (12:10 PM)
Personally I think what has gone on with Jay Cutler this past weekend was horrendous. No one knew the extent of his injury but yet they were commenting on it. One, I have to believe what is being said by his coach and two, I think Cutler would have played if he felt he could.
Ames, IA [via mobile]
You were a winner far before you won a super bowl. Then you won a ring and you had to wait for another injury to get the starting spot again and you won another SB. Why dont you think coaches saw that winner in you and just made you the starter in the first place?
Jim Plunkett (12:11 PM)
I've been a winner most of my life whether it be in high school, college or in the NFL. Overall, I think they had the confidence in me that I could get the job done. Then all I had to do was go out there, get the job done and prove them right.
Tony (Pt Jeff, NY)
IF you could pick a current day coach to play for, who would it be and why?
Jim Plunkett (12:13 PM)
Right now, it actually would be Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh or Norv Turner in San Diego. They have different styles but I like they way they both attack defenses.
Kaitlin (Canaan, VT)
Thanks for chatting Jim. Of all of your fellow Super Bowl winning QBs featured in the "I Am A World Champ" project, whom do you most admire?
Jim Plunkett (12:14 PM)
I've long admired Bart Starr since I was very young. I thought if I could gain some of the attributes that he had, I could become a great QB. I just admired him so much growing up.
Tony (Pt Jeff, NY)
As a successful NFL QB, what "intangibles" do you NEED to succeed? WHO would you look at in NFL or college that has those things in your mind?
Jim Plunkett (12:16 PM)
You have to have a strong arm, be a quick learner and be able to adjust to things on the fly. Those are just some of the things that help a good QB succeed.
Do you consider yourself the best Stanford QB of all time? Stiff competition
Jim Plunkett (12:17 PM)
(Laughing) After Andrew Luck, it's hard to think that way. I played as hard and as good as I could while I was there. today's QBs are bigger, stronger and faster but I like to think that I'm in line as one of the great Stanford QBs.
What current NFL qb would say resembles your style the most?
Jim Plunkett (12:18 PM)
I would say Roethlisberger. Sometimes he doesn't have a high percentage during a ball game but he makes a big play when needed.
Jim Plunkett (12:20 PM)
I've enjoyed chatting with the fans today. It makes me feel apart of this new wave of communication. Hope everyone enjoys Super Bowl XLV.