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Mount Rushmore of quarterbacks

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With Peyton Manning closing in on becoming the all time touchdown leader in the NFL the debate of who is the greatest quarterback of all talk will spark. So might, as well get in on it, but my rankings will be different. They won’t be judged on stats alone but more on there impact on the game. Meaning if they were innovators, influenced future quarterbacks or brought more eyes to the game, it is not based off top quarterbacks of all time. George Washington: Roger Staubach. He is part of the reason why the Cowboys are so popular the way they are today. Staubach was arguably the first quarterback to be idolized by millions. Names before him such as Bart Starr, Joe Namath and Johnny Unitas could be argued but it was Staubach who brought the name recognition to the Cowboys that gets this honor. He played with the Cowboys during a five-season stretch in which they played in the Super Bowl....

Peyton still reigns, but Luck is on his way

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Three early first half touchdowns by Peyton Manning to Julius Thomas put the Denver Broncos safely in the lead, but Andrew Luck continues to prove he’s never out of it. Another season, another Andrew Luck comeback. Peyton still reigns, but Luck is on his way to greatness. A number of people shook their heads  and wondered why the Indianapolis Colts decided to let Peyton Manning walk away, but it’s obvious now that Andrew Luck represents the Colts future. He might not be the superstar Peyton Manning is right now, but Luck’s starting to show signs that he is undoubtedly the future of the NFL. Luck was given an almost impossible task of replacing the great Peyton Manning and has done a pretty damn good job doing so. He took an ordinary Colts teams to the playoffs his first two years, won the AFC South in 2013 and won a spectacular playoff game in comeback fashion. It...

From small town Connecticut to the NFL

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When you think of Windsor, a suburb of Hartford, with a population of about 30,000, you think of tobacco fields, Bart’s Drive in and it being Connecticut’s first town. Nothing all that interesting. But NFL players? When it comes to famous names that come from Windsor you think of Oliver Ellsworth, the third Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and also a member of the Continental Congress. Or perhaps “Big Al” Anderson, former lead guitarist of NRBQ and writer of Tim McGraw’s number one hit “The Cowboy in Me”. But currently there are three defensive linemen from Windsor on NFL rosters. They all even played on the same defensive line in 2002 when the Windsor High School Warriors were Class L state runners-up. They had a darn good chance to win that game, but a botched extra point at the end of the game help lead to a 14-13 loss. Before these three,...

Where would Julius Thomas be without Manning?

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Dallas Clark, Jacob Tamme, and now, Julius Thomas are prime examples of what Peyton Manning can do for a player. During his first year in the NFL, Julius Thomas played in five games starting one. He managed to catch one pass for five yards. Sitting out 2012 with various injuries, he exploded onto the scene in 2013 and broke Shannon Sharpe’s record for most touchdown receptions in a season. Dallas Clark knows all about the success, so does Jacob Tamme. Odds are neither of these players would have been what they were without Peyton Manning. Clark broke a number of records for the Indianapolis Colts while playing with Manning. In his 15 starts in 2007, he had 58 receptions for 616 yards, shattering John Mackey’s record for receptions for a tight end (55) and touchdowns (11). – Wikipedia.com He had a stellar career as a member of the Colts highlighted by his performance in 2008...