A.B. Everyone wants to crown Eli Manning as the new savior of the NFL. Some people have even been dumb enough to say he is a better quarterback than his brother Peyton.
But having multiple super bowl rings doesn’t necessarily make you better than someone with none. And on the flip side; having the best stats but no championships doesn’t help either.
It is that ever important thing called balance that truly matters. You know, win a couple of regular season MVP’s, break franchise & league records, win multiple championships and never lead the league in interceptions (uh,hum, ELI).
So while Eli’s stock is high, it seems the master of balance, Tom Brady, is being all but written off.
So like Mr. Rocky Balboa; Brady will rise again. The only major difference is that Brady will
probably hopefully never yell, “Gissssellllle” after winning a big game.
Don’t believe me? See for yourself. Brady is more Rocky than Sly Stallone:
Rocky I – Rocky battles adversity, gains a shot at the title, loses to Apollo, but earns a future title shot.
Brady I – Brady battles stiff QB competition at Michigan, loses bid for starting spot, but still gets drafted to the NFL.
Rocky II – Fate shines upon Rocky, he gets another title shot and beats Apollo for the title.
Brady II – Fate shines upon Brady, Bledsoe gets injured early in 2001 season and Brady leads Pats to 1st Super Bowl win over heavily favored Rams.
Rocky III – Beloved champion and dominates fighters. Then becomes caught up in fancy life and loses ‘eye of the tiger.’ Gets beat by Mr. T & Mic dies. In the end he bounces back to beat Mr. T.
Brady III – Beloved champion, dominates with 2 more SB wins – 3 in 4 years. Wins ’07 MVP but starts to get caught up in fancy life & begins dating supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Loses ‘o7 Super Bowl to giants. Suffers season ending knee injury in ’08. Bounces back to win MVP in ’10.
Rocky IV – Rocky gets caught up in the fancy life again. Apollo loses and is beaten to death. Rocky returns to his roots and regains ‘eye of the tiger’ as he seeks revenge. He then beats Ivan Drago to cement legacy.
Brady IV – Pictures surface from his trip to Carnival & going down a water slide. Brady is criticized for getting caught up in the glamour and glitz once again. He loses Super Bowl 46 to the Giants again and his legacy takes a beating. HE WILL RETURN TO HIS ROOTS, REGAIN HIS ‘EYE OF THE TIGER,’ WIN ANOTHER SUPER BOWL AND CEMENT HIS LEGACY FOREVER.
Rocky V – Now brain damaged he is betrayed by his protégé. However in the end he is able to get revenge in a street fight.
Brady V – WHEN BRADY IS OLD AND INJURY PLAGUED HE WILL GO DOWN EARLY IN THE SEASON (much like Bledsoe). HE WILL BE REPLACED BY THE BACKUP HE HELPED MOLD. HOWEVER THE YOUNG GUN WILL STRUGGLE DOWN THE STRETCH AND BRADY WILL LEAD ONE MORE LAST CHARGE DEEP INTO THE PLAYOFFS.