Daunte Culpepper vs. Jeff Garcia: The Rumble at Rosenblatt

Brian EthridgeCorrespondent IIIOctober 1, 2010

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 03: Quarterback  Jeff Garcia #7 of the Oakland Raiders passes the ball during the game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 3, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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While most football fans are focusing on the highly anticipated Sunday afternoon NFL game between Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick, United Football League fans are looking forward to Daunte Culpepper vs. Jeff Garcia Saturday night at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.

Those of you who don’t follow the UFL may have never heard of the Sacramento Mountain Lions or the Omaha Nighthawks, but if you’ve paid any attention to the NFL in the past 10 years you definitely know who Daunte Culpepper and Jeff Garcia are.

Five years ago the mainstream media would have hyped this quarterback matchup like no other. Unfortunately this isn’t the NFL and public opinion says both of these QBs are past their primes.

It’s true that they may be a little older, but neither of them have forgotten how to sling the pigskin around.

Last week, Jeff Garcia led the Omaha Nighthawks to a fourth quarter comeback, finding former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Robert Ferguson in the end zone for the game winning touchdown with just six seconds left on the clock.

Daunte Culpepper led his Mountain Lions to a win in a similar fashion with a come-from-behind victory over the Florida Tuskers.  With just 31 seconds remaining in the game he hooked up with former AFL rookie of the year, Rod Windsor, for the game winning touchdown.

Culpepper may not have NFL caliber wide receivers, but he still managed to get his roll on for a total of 374 passing yards.

Jeff Garcia and Daunte Culpepper both shared the “Player of the Week” honors from the UFL for their exciting victories in week 2.

Defense may win championships, but offense draws the crowds. The United Football League is built for a great fan experience.

There will be no shortage of offensive firepower when Garcia and Culpepper meet up tomorrow night.

To all of the UFL haters out there: Yes, the NFL is better. Yes, the majority of UFL players are guys who couldn’t make it in the NFL. And yes, the league’s biggest stars are former NFL greats who are way past their prime.

But if you’re a fan of football, you have to be at least somewhat excited to see how these two former NFL greats will do against each other.

One thing is certain, Rosenblatt will be rocking on Saturday night.