The National Football League is no doubt a team sport, and no one man can win the Lombardi Trophy on their own. That said, some players simply carry more weight than others. To that point, the Quarterback is the player that touches the ball most frequently during the course of a game, and season. Whether they are dropping back in the pocket to pass, or handing the ball off, the ball must go through their hands.
Even though football is considered a team sport, the Quarterback is the center piece. This is why year after year teams who are in dire need of one desperately try to secure the best available, whether it's by a trade, free agency or the draft. The Quarterback makes the offense go, it's plain and simple, and except for extremely rare occasions, a team must employee a top-tier Quarterback to be championship caliber material.
Let's be honest, the following slide-show has been done before by writers on this site, but I am going to try and tackle the obstacle as well in my own unique manner...I'm going to try and build the perfect Quarterback.
The next 15 slides are going to showcase the most important traits that I think the perfect Quarterback must encompass. The qualities are going to range anywhere from Leadership to Discipline to Size.
By the end of the slide-show (hopefully), I will have built the Ultimate Quarterback, or at least laid out the blueprint. There will be some guidelines applied though, and they are the following:
- The Quarterback must have been in the NFL last year.
- The Quarterback must have started at least one game.
- The Quarterback can be a current Free Agent, but must have started on an NFL team last year.
Each slide will list the characteristic as well as a brief summary of why I chose the particular Quarterback that best fits the characteristic. In addition there will be two alternate choices that just missed the mark, but could fit the bill.
In the end it's all in fun...hope you enjoy