Everyone remembers the day (if your old enough) when you first played in the Tecmo or Super Tecmo Bowl.
I was introduced to the game by Walter Payton and the Chicago Bears and in the Super Bowl edition, by the Eagles QB (Randall Cunningham).
The game has historically been known for its running backs with the infamous Bo Jackson, swaying back and forth, the "Nigerian Nightmare" (Christian Okoye), and the "Quiksilver" that was Barry Sanders.
Even the Super Tecmo Bowl that split the Indianapolis Colts running backs between Albert Bentley and Eric Dickerson had its quirks.
On the other side of the offense, were the quarterbacks. The mobility and elusiveness of Warren Moon and Randall Cunningham. Then there was also the accuracy of Joe Montana and the arm strength of Dan Marino and John Elway.
Today, a re-enhanced version called the Tecmo Throwback has been made, but this does not include today's players and is just not the way Tecmo bowl football was meant to be played.
There is also a version online that can be played of the original games, but here's the problem: It's on the PC. Therefore, the game cannot fully be retained in its natural state as it would on an NES controller.
With that said, here are the top 15 quarterbacks if Tecmo Bowl was made today.
241 pounds, seven years
University of Virigina
Schaub wouldn't be particularly high or low for any reason in Tecmo Bowl. His main redeeming quality is that he gets stats, thanks to the help of playing with Andre Johnson. Owen Daniels would probably be a viable option on offense as well for Schaub. His ratings would probably be decent to good which is high enough for 15th.
225 pounds, seven years
Eli Manning is a former Super Bowl MVP and that alone merits a top 15 spot, and being a NY Giant doesn't hurt in Tecmo Bowl history either. He would probably have similar ratings to Phil Simms, as he would suffer from not having a Pro Bowl receiver to throw to.
Brandon Jacobs would still be able to give some help along the path of success. Probably slightly lower than Simms, but with the way offense is played today, 14th ain't bad.
240 pounds, 11 years
McNabb has always been underrated as a quarterback and I would expect that to continue in Tecmo Bowl.
He is not the spry cat he use to be but, he has a strong arm and can avoid sacks (which has saved many people a game or two in the past).
The deep 40- to 50-yard bombs would be on his radar. His accuracy, even with the half sedated Redskins receiving core, would be justifiable for 13th.
225 pounds, two years
The new kid who led his team to the AFC championship this past season would get love for that fact alone in this game.
His stats would probably be overblown, maybe as a way to draw interest to the game from it's younger players. His speed and toughness would be the reason behind his No. 12 spot.
215 pounds, nine years
Vick of Tecmo Bowl would kind of work like Vick of Madden 2004: He'll make you pull your hair out if you're against him.
His ability to be elusive, not get injured, and endurance would help him. Having DeSean Jackson to throw to would help—if he could get it to him.
His inability to throw a more accurate ball hinders him from being ranked any higher, but still high enough for 11th.
226 pounds, eight years
Another man who would have stats to get love from Tecmo Bowl.
Winning his first playoff game this past season would help with this game. He also stays pretty healthy, and is pretty even on many levels, but unfortunately the man from Wisconsin does not have a rating that could stand out among all others.
233 pounds, five years
His inclusion at this mark is simple: his arm.
The ability to throw the ball like a speeding bullet would be a major advantage when using the Chicago Bears.
Devin Hester would form a dirty combination with Cutler considering that decision-making is not as big a factor (in the game) as in real life. However, his inability to move fast and his accuracy are lacking, leaving the ninth spot a perfect fit.
222 pounds, 19 years
Favre would be looking at being pretty much the same rating as Cutler but for two points:
1. He is NEVER injured (At least he never breaks his starts streak) which is huge whenever you play a season of Tecmo Bowl and are never forced to play your worthless backup.
2. He has Shiancoe, Harvin, Berrian, and Rice to support him on the outs and Mr. Peterson inside. I think that has him sitting pretty enough at No. 8.
225 pounds, 10 years
University of Michigan
What?!! Tom Brady only at number seven? Well, the injury factor is the only reason he is so low.
It has only been a season that he has been back in a playing situation. Brady is vulnerable to get hurt during any point of the season, even in an exhibition game. He is also vulnerable to sacks, which makes him less of a threat in this game.
His accuracy though should be great and his other winning intangibles will be essential points of focus.
228 pounds, seven years
Accurate, strong armed and cocky are all things that translate well in a video game. Being a good Samaritan or well-liked did not for John Stockton.
Part of Rivers high value in Tecmo Bowl has got to be the the ridiculously high values he would have in arm strength and accuracy. Thus, falling in line with Favre and Cutler, only with slightly more mobility.
225 pounds, six years
Here begins the wild-card of Tecmo Bowl: elusiveness.
Rodgers can throw the deep ball, has accuracy, can take a hit, and scramble across the field half baked faster than Drew Bledsoe. Those zig-zags back and forth would be great for releasing a Rodgers throw in this game.
Targets Donald Driver and Greg Jennings would be possession and deep threat options. He would probably most resemble Joe Montana (to a lesser extent of course) in this game.
241 pounds, seven years
Miami (Ohio) University
Ben would benefit from one simple thing that would make him much more effective then his ratings would ever say: his ability to break tackles. Ben is probably the hardest quarterback to bring down in the league.
His other stats would be in the average to good range, but his ability to not get sacked would almost be like a cheat in this game.
I would have to believe the fact that he won two Super Bowls wouldn't hurt his overachieving status in this game.
Would he be deserving of the No. 4 spot? No. Would he play like it? Yes.
209 pounds, 10 years
Brees had to be high of course. Probably the most accurate QB in the league (watch the TV show Sports Science if you don't believe me), Brees would be awesome coming off his Super Bowl win against the Colts.
His arm strength and accuracy would both be filthy and he would have luck on his side (due to his conditions). Marques Colston, Devery Henderson, and Jeremy Shockey, among others, would all be luxuries for the number three pick.
230 pounds, 13 years
University of Tennessee
The most complete player in football would still be the most complete player in Tecmo Bowl. His accuracy, arm, injury factor, and strength would all be benefits.
Coming off his MVP season and neck surgery I want to say he would be the best player in the game. Unfortunately, this is Tecmo Bowl, not real life, or even Madden. He is still good enough for No. 2 and should be No. 1 in all other forms of football rankings, especially since he just had neck surgery.
Suggestion to all: Get this guy in your fantasy football leagues.
233 Pounds, Five Years
University of Texas
Yes, of all guys to be No. 1, it had to be the man of the Longhorns. Hear me out first.
When you would play against the Eagles QB or to a slight degree, Warren Moon, it was like playing against a running back.
At times, playing against them was like a combination Jim Kelly and Barry Sanders all wrapped up into one; the defense always had to modify their gameplan.
With all that being said, Vince Young is not as good as Randall Cunningham (1998 MVP)or Warren Moon, but he is still respectable.
The people at EA Sports of course thought so by putting him on the cover. The people at Tecmo Bowl would probably feel the same. His ability to zig-zag and cross through the secondary makes him not only the most dangerous player, but the most effective. He would be able to run for first downs even when the competition got tougher later into the season.
He is also big enough to take hits and avoid injury.
Like it or not, Vince Young might not be the brightest man in life, but he'd shine the brightest in the bowl.