On Feb. 6, Ben Roethlisberger will try to win his third career Super Bowl. The first one, following the 2005 season, was coached by Bill Cowher. Now, Mike Tomlin sits in the steel throne, and he and Big Ben will try to win their second Super Bowl together. I am hoping, however, that this does not happen—the only reason being that the Packers deserve it a lot more for a few reasons:
Mike McCarthy is an excellent, underrated coach who has been unfortunate in the 2010 season with injuries. Early in the season, featured tailback Ryan Grant was placed on injured reserve, as well as star tight end Jermichael Finley. With a team stacked with the best secondary in the NFL, Clay Matthews, BJ Raji, Greg Jennings and Aaron Rodgers, Mike McCarthy didn't clinch a playoff spot until Week 17, where he won just his ninth game of the season.
Mike McCarthy has the Pack heading in the right direction, though—the kinks are worked out. There's no reason to believe they're not the best playoff team in the NFL. A Super Bowl victory would rid all doubts regarding McCarthy's coaching ability, and finally show his greatness to the public.
Ben Roethlisberger is 28 years old. He is widely recognized as a superstar, and his two Super Bowl rings shine as brightly as any. I don't want to be quoted as saying he hasn't performed extraordinarily at the deserving level of a Super Bowl win, but I think Aaron Rodgers needs this one a lot more than Ben.
Rodgers is 27, just one year younger than Roethlisberger. Super Bowls can be once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. If you're any player on the Packers, you understand that. Donald Driver knows what it means to win a Super Bowl. No other active member on the Packers roster does. Roethlisberger, Polamalu, James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, WAIT! Who am I kidding trying to list the players on the Steelers who already have at least one Super Bowl ring? There are just too many to name.
Who knows whether Aaron Rodgers will get another shot at a ring after this year? Big Ben's Steelers have already had two shots, their third coming in less than two weeks. Both have resulted in wins, and while the Pittsburgh franchise should be extremely proud, the Packers are more in need of a Super Bowl win.
Last, but most definitely not least, Brett Favre. The last Green Bay Super Bowl victory was in 1996, when Brett Favre was obviously under the helm. Is that really something the Packers want to hold onto 15 years later? The Brett Favre era? Rodgers is here, and he is here to stay. What better way to make it official than erase Brett Favre's name from the "Most Recent GB Super Bowl Champions" list and win one with Aaron Rodgers? Exactly.
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