The Super Bowl is upon us and the road always leads to and through a quarterback.
This year will be no different.
In many cases, Super Bowl winning quarterbacks have won multiple Super Bowls.
In other cases, they haven't.
Those with one victory did manage to muster more than just a ring in a lot of cases as they parlayed their glory into TV deals and commercial spots.
Here is a list of quarterbacks who have won the title but have never been remembered for such heights or glory.
Quarterback Trent Dilfer was a first-round pick in the 1994 NFL draft out of Fresno State.
He was drafted sixth overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where the expectations exceeded his actual playing, as was the case for many Bucs before him.
In short, it wasn't really his fault. He never had the proper grooming that a quarterback should have.
Luckily, he wound up with the Baltimore Ravens as the backup to Tony Banks. It took two starts into the regular season for Banks to lose his starting job to the then punchline Dilfer.
Brian Billick gave him the green light. Although it took awhile for he and his Baltimore counterparts on offense (I dare you to name one besides Shannon Sharp) to score a touchdown, he led the Ravens through the playoffs on the road, and to a Super Bowl victory in 2000.
Hats off, Trent Dilfer, you did your job and got a ring.
Now how many Fresno State Bulldogs can say that?
Joe Namath guaranteed a Super Bowl victory when the AFC was compared to a Jell-O pudding breakfast.
He and the Jets won Super Bowl III and the rest was NFL history. Yet, sadly or approriately, I still can't tell the difference. The Jets never got the memo that they changed football history and have essentially reigned as medicore ever since.
It takes a lot of pent-up energy to remember that the Jets franchise officially has a ring.
Poor Fireman Ed has to keep reminding us who the hell we're actually rooting for when we pay decent American dollars to go see a Jets football game.
...Some of us don't even realize we've left New York. Others do.
In the end, Joe Namath became one of the remembered few but those who weren't really paying attention had to remember who he actually played for in the first place.
He caught his own pass and then ran it in for a touchdown
At least that's what ESPN will remember him by.
And then of course they'd show the highlight(s) of Brad Johnson winning a Super Bowl against the helpless Oakland Raiders.
Let's face it folks; what we really remember from that Super Bowl is the Raiders losing horribly.
We remember Jon Gruden pumping his fist with savage excitement.
We remember Rich Gannon, who's prime for a slideshow all of his own, just completely failing. Not even the regular failing that happens every day from time to time in daily life when a meter runs out, but the epic Super Bowl failing that exposes seasonal quarterbacks as abysmal losers.
...after the dust cleared, yes, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were triumphant.
And, yes, that Brad Johnson, the ex-Minnesota Vikings QB who hardly remembered the nouns involved in Jon Gruden's West Coast Offense, was actually a game-managing Super Bowl victor.
Oh, and of course the Bucs had an amazing defense, which I'm sure he high-five'd for good luck.
Joe was formerly part of the Sunday Night crew, before the Sunday Night crew became a big national thing on NBC.
But let's regress for one moment and remember a more simpler time when Joe Theismann was a quarterback.
No! I don't mean when is leg got snapped in half for all the world to see over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.
Also known as: The Forgotten Super Bowl.
If it's mentioned within the context of the NFL, there's only one name that should come to mind and that's Kenny Stabler's.
He was an Oakland Raider back when the Oakland Raiders were the Oakland Raiders.
Not that they still aren't today, but let's face it, this is a new league and there was once a time when there was the Oakland Raiders -- a time when football was played within the parameters of the field and not within the office buildings of some East Coast high rise.
During the Madden era, there were a lot of poetic players who left their blood on the field of battle.
Kenny Stabler was one of them.
He not only led the Raiders to a Super Bowl victory over the Vikings in Super Bowl XI, he led the team in bar tabs for the 1976 season.
Cheers to you Snake.
P.S. He should be in the Hall of Fame. And so should Ray Guy.
Ah, those southern dulcet tones.
That gliding voice of reason when stating the obvious.
He would sure show Dan Dierdorf a thing or two if there was ever a face off for the most Positively Generic Color man on CBS award.
For those of you who forgot, Phil Simms won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants.
Phil Simms isn't a bad announcer.
He wasn't a bad quarterback either.
He actually holds the record for highest completion percentage in said Super Bowl at 88 percent.