Top 5 Quarterbacks in the NFL Today
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In football, the quarterback position is the most important on the field. Sure, all other positions are very important as well, but without a good quarterback, there is no team.
There are teams that make the playoffs, and teams that win the Super Bowl. Those are the teams, that have extraordinary quarterbacks.
This was a hard list to make, but someone had to do it. These are the five quarterbacks who I believe are at the top...
5. Ben Roethlisberger
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Ben Roethlisberger is a great quarterback. He has won two Super Bowl rings and lost in Super Bowl XLV to the Green Bay Packers. It is obvious that Big Ben is not necessarily a stat guy.
His stats aren't terrible, but they are not among the top five in the league. He throws touchdowns, and not many interceptions each year.
What makes Roethlisberger a top QB is his worth towards the Pittsburgh Steelers. When it is time to win, he goes out there and wins. When it is time to make a big play, he makes a big play.
Roethlisberger is such a strong QB and he shows his athleticism. I can't even count the amount of times he has broken a tackle that would have gone for a sack.
Roethlisberger is a true leader on the team and there is no denying that. He leads his team year in and year out into the playoffs. He is only No. 5 on this list, however, because one thing that he has that some of the other top quarterbacks do have, is a great defense.
4. Peyton Manning
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OK, this one was real tough to put in...but I just couldn't help myself. It is obvious that Peyton Manning is the most important player on his Indianapolis Colts team. He has won one Super Bowl (XLI), and lost in another (XLIV) to the New Orleans Saints.
It's hard to say where Manning's 0-13 Colts team would stand right now if he was playing, but I would guess they would be near the top of their division looking for a playoff spot.
It was kind of hard putting Manning on my list because, after all, he isn't playing this season. However, I thought that he has shown enough skills over the past decade to gain a spot on this list.
All this bogus talk about him and how he should win MVP is ridiculous, but I do think this Colts team is nothing without him, and that shows that he deserves a spot on the top five QBs list.
3. Drew Brees
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Drew Brees deserves a spot on this list, undoubtedly. He has amazing quarterback skills and just so many intangibles, as well.
This year he has some crazy stats. With 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, Brees is playing exceptionally well.
That's not the least of it. Brees has 4,368 passing yards and is well on pace to break Dan Marino's single-season passing record.
His team is 10-3 and has already clinched a playoff spot. Brees was MVP of Super Bowl XLIV when they won against the Indianapolis Colts, and has been to the Pro Bowl five separate occasions.
Brees was born to play football for the New Orleans Saints. He fits into their city and there is no question about that. His passion for the game and leadership on his team is incredible. That's why he is No. 3 on this list.
2. Aaron Rodgers
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Aaron Rodgers is on a hot streak. He won the the last Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers (XLV). Now he has his team on a 13-0 run.
Rodgers has thrown for 39 touchdowns and only six interceptions this year. The Green Bay Packers have clinched their division and are so close to gaining home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. They are currently at No. 1 and I don't see that changing.
Rodgers was MVP of the Super Bowl and really MVP of the team. The Packers are filled with talent and Rodgers just adds to that by a lot. They have not scored lower than 24 points this season and that is highly due to his connections with his great receivers: Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Donald Driver.
If, and when, Rodgers continues his hot streak and amazing talent over the next few years, he might be moved to the top this list. But for now, he should remain at No. 2.
1. Tom Brady
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He places the ball in the perfect seam on almost every single throw. He knows more about the game of football than the game knows about itself (if that makes sense...). He is his own coach of this football team, and he makes the decisions.
Bill Belichick is a great coach and has an extraordinary QB on his hands. If I was a coach or a player on any team, I would want him throwing me the ball. The chemistry he shares with his receivers, and team as a whole, is unimaginable.
Brady has won three Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX), and played in a fourth losing to the New York Giants (XLII) after going 16-0 into the playoffs. Brady has won the Super Bowl MVP twice and has been selected to six Pro Bowls in his playing career so far. He has also won two NFL MVP awards.
Overall, Tom Brady has many awards and accomplishments, but it is his pure talent and charisma that makes him the No. 1 quarterback in the NFL today.