Yeah, I know.
Anyone can play the stats game.
But in the spirit of fun, and maybe just a little bit because I like to stir things up from time to time, I thought, "Wouldn't it be neat to write an article comparing Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady, and see what I can unleash?"
Okay, it's mostly because I feel like stirring the pot. I dunno, maybe it's because both the Steelers and Titans have a week off from the playoffs, and the only game I think will be worth watching this weekend will be the Colts-Chargers game.
Colts win by 13, by the way.
I recently wrote an article concerning the potential loss of Ben Roethlisberger and what that would mean to the Steelers' playoff chances. Needless to say, I received quite a bit of commentary on how much it didn't matter.
He's not that good, people said. Leftwich has performed better, they asserted. It's all his fault for holding the ball too long. He can't throw. Etc., etc., etc.
As a Steelers fan, I was offended. As a fledgling amateur journalist, I saw an opportunity to start an argument.
Besides, who doesn't like a good debate every now and again?
As I stated, anyone can play the stats game. I suppose I will be countered on numerous fronts. That's the point.
Yes, there will be a lot of stats, going all the way back to high school days. Stats are the only objective measuring stick with which to measure a player's performance.
That's not meant to discount personal viewpoints, because they matter in the grand scheme of things as well.
So I will insert those when I feel necessary to bolster my argument, or possibly to give you something to argue about.
Fair warning: I am a Steelers fan, so there is a better-than-average chance that my stance will come down firmly in Roethlisberger's camp.
So join me, friends, as we take a journey back, and compare the so far successful careers of these three great quarterbacks. In this article we will examine each of the three, their accomplishments, their hardships, and their overall performance up to their entry into the NFL.
Hopefully in the end we can determine which of the three can lay claim to the title of the "best in show" (little pun there...it's a slide show. Get it?) And if not, I'll have my quarterback and you'll have yours, which if you think about it, is the way it should be. How else would they sell jerseys?