Comparing Each Top 10 NFL Quarterback to an Automobile
Instead of presenting any old ranking of the top 10 quarterbacks in the league, I've decided to rank the quarterbacks then give each one a car that they compare to.
Before we begin, just know that I like playoff appearances and Super Bowl rings for quarterbacks more than flashy stats or good exposure.
That being said, here they are—the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL compared to cars.
10. Eli Manning: Volvo
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Ford owns both Jaguar and Volvo—while Jaguar is more successful brother Peyton, Eli Manning is the dependable Volvo.
Manning is a great quarterback, and no matter how good his defense was in 2007, no one can ever take away his Super Bowl ring.
Some will say that he led the league in interceptions, but closer analysis shows that most of Manning's interceptions were the fault of his receivers or offensive line.
Manning is not the flashiest quarterback, but year in and year out, his Giants are in the thick of contention.
9. Joe Flacco: Audi
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Car enthusiasts want to put the Audi up there with the Mercedes Benzes and the Porsches, but it needs a few more high-quality cars before it can be put in that category.
Likewise, with Flacco, the young Raven quarterback needs a Super Bowl under his belt before he can garner consideration as a top quarterback.
Flacco is great, though, and he is the guy that many NFL teams would want under center, having led the Ravens to playoff appearances in his first three years despite playing in the tough AFC North without much of a receiving corps.
Flacco and the Audi are a bit flashy, but both get the job done, too.
8. Michael Vick: Porsche
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Michael Vick is fast...really fast.
A Porsche is also known for its speed, but it became more of a complete car when it started to focus on things like safety and smooth rides.
Vick arrived back on the scene with improved accuracy, helping him become a true top-ten quarterback.
While both Vick and Porsche rely on speed first, their completeness in recent years has made them alike.
7. Philip Rivers: Hyundai
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Hyundai is a perennial contender for the top safety pick, and time and time again, produces nice cars that ride well.
However, Hyundai has yet to be mentioned with cars like the Mercedes Benz and the BMW.
Rivers is much the same.
Rivers puts up the stats and contends for the playoffs every year, but he just can't win the big one—such is a huge knock on the young Charger.
6. Drew Brees: Chrysler
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You had to know this one was coming.
The Chrysler is one of the best cars on the market, and though it's not the most compact car and it doesn't get the best gas mileage, the Chrysler is some people's first choice.
The Chrysler represents Detroit, and has helped rebuild the city.
Brees, like the Chrysler, has helped rebuild a city of his own (New Orleans), and despite knocks about his size or his health, Brees is one of the best quarterbacks in the game today.
5. Matt Ryan: BMW
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The BMW isn't the best car on the market, but it's certainly a top vehicle with numerous capabilities.
Ryan is a winner and he slips just ahead of Drew Brees after having beaten the Saints in the divisional race in 2010.
The BMW has a high price tag, and the Falcons certainly paid up for Ryan when they drafted him early in the first round.
From day one, Matt Ryan has been a big-time quarterback; look for him to move up this list.
4. Peyton Manning: Jaguar
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The Jaguar may not be the best car, but it is certainly one of the most recognizable in the industry.
Manning has been a bit of a down trend, but is still one of the faces of the NFL today.
Peyton barely made the playoffs last year, and exited in the first round against the Jets, but he remains a Super Bowl champion and top quarterback.
3. Aaron Rodgers: Cadillac
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There's some special feeling about pulling up in a Cadillac that no other car can really give, and the same rings true for Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers isn't the best quarterback in the game today, but he is undoubtedly a top-three guy at the position.
The Packers pulled up to the Super Bowl in their Cadillac and won the game thanks to Rodgers' multitude of abilities.
While Cadillac produces a wide range of great cars, Rodgers' skill set is vast; he can beat you on the ground or through the air.
2. Ben Roethlisberger: Hummer
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The Hummer may not be the best comparison when talking about Roethlisberger as a top quarterback, but this comparison rings true in so many other facets.
Roethlisberger at No. 2 two is very tempting to argue, sure, but his production in the playoffs to get to the Super Bowl makes up for his bad Super Bowl performances.
People shy away from lauding the Hummer because of its gas mileage, and likewise, people shy away from Roethlisberger due to his off-the-field indiscretions.
Roethlisberger, like a Hummer, is big, mean, and will run you over if you're in his way.
1. Tom Brady: Mercedes Benz
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It just seems so perfect to match Brady and the Mercedes Benz, and the comparison is certainly warranted on both ends.
Tom Brady is the game's best quarterback with three Super Bowl rings, and he is also fresh off of an MVP year in which he posted an insane 36:4 TD:INT ratio.
Brady has set numerous records, one of his most important being the single-season TD record, and he has the hardware to legitimize himself.
The Mercedes Benz, too, has the hardware, and was ranked No. 1 by J.D. Power & Associates for the most satisfied customers—Patriot fans are satisfied with Brady, too.