Ghosts of the past – Green Bay and Steelers Quarterbacks

The teams that meet tonight in the Super Bowl event are so evenly matched that it may well come down to who has the best quarterback. It’s going to be pretty interesting to see how Roethlisberger and Rodgers will deal with the pressure and help their team win the most important match of the year. They’ve got amazing quarterbacks to relate to, so lets take a short look at these iconic players of the past.

Bradshaw wrote history

Terry Bradshaw wrote history for the Steelers in his four Superbowl appearances and his role was highlighted by the two selections as MVP. Three decades ago, when the Pirate’s defense was among the best NFL has ever seen, Bradshaw broke the record for the highest-average career pass gain with his 11.10 yards per completion. It was the time of the Steel Curtain, but Terry was the one who push his team to victory, instead of being carried by a formidable squad. Compared to him, Roethlisberger is dwarfed for the moment, but he’s in the best position to reduce the difference.

Green Bay Packers are still a formidable all-round team, effective in defense and lethal upfront, but a few decades ago they were even better. It was the time of Bart Starr, when the game was being played in a different fashion and his 452 passing yards in two Super Bowls will be hard to surpass. Add to this the 62 yards long pass and three touchdowns and you’ve got a better image of what Aaron Rodgers is trying to achieve.

While Roethlisberger is fighting the ghosts of the past, and his sexual assault allegations, he should be focusing entirely on making people remember Terry Bradshaw. It will be a tall task for Aaron Rodgers to match the achievements of Starr anytime soon, but this is the man he should be trying to imitate. All those discussions about him outshining his predecessor are futile before such an event, and overcoming Favre is just the tip of the iceberg. He should aim higher, because he can do better.

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