The quarterback is the most important position in all of sports. QBs are the captains of the team, face of the franchise. They get all the glory and praise in victory and all the blame in defeat. They engineer their offense and are all called on to make big plays when it matters. They are also usually the top paid players on the team. The following are my top 5 QBs in the NFL at the moment (with the exception of Peyton Manning, arguably the best EVER, who is out with a neck injury):
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers – A-Rod is the leader of the defending world champs. He has a slew of skilled players around him and he’s able to fit passes in tight windows in order to get the ball in the hands of his team’s playmakers. He was the MVP of last year’s Super Bowl, a game in which he proved to the world that he could play with the best of them. He hasn’t slowed down this year and has led the Pack to an undefeated record through the first 5 weeks of the year. So far this season, he has 14 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 1,721 yards and a quarterback rating of 122.9 (158.3 is the maximum).
Tom Brady, New England Patriots – For the past decade, Tom Brady has been the top QB in the NFL. He has won 3 Super Bowls, 2 MVP awards and has been to 6 Pro Bowls. He also set the record for most touchdowns in a season with 50 in 2007. He consistently has the Patriots at the top of the league and in playoff contention. He’s the master of his craft, has incredible accuracy and could run his team’s offense with his eyes closed. He’s also very clutch and can be trusted to win close games. He has 14 TDs, 6 INTs, 1,874 YDs and a QB rating of 109.5.
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers – Rivers is one of my favorite players in the league. He’s consistent, accurate and the ultimate leader. Many people think he is cocky and full of himself. I think his confidence is a good thing and he plays with a swagger that can’t be denied. His desire to win can be seen in his playoff performance a few years ago. In a playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts, Rivers tore his ACL. However, he stayed in the game, withstood the pain and lead his team from behind to win the game, something he has done 13 times in his career. In 2011, Rivers has 6 TDs, 7 INTs, 1,536 YDs and an 87.6 QB rating. While his numbers aren’t great, he’s the main reason that his team is 4-1 through the first 5 weeks.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints – Simply put, Brees puts the Saints on his back. The Saints would not be contenders without him. He runs the offense with precision, is intelligent, and has a desire to win. Brees is from Austin, TX and his high school played my high school in the state championship when I was 10 years old. Brees won the game 56-18. Not much has changed about him since. He always comes prepared to win week after week. He also gave the city of New Orleans an emotional lift after Katrina. The year that the hurricane hit was his first year playing for the Saints. His play, leadership and work in the community helped the city recover. He’s taken the Saints from a laughingstock to a Super Bowl winning franchise that continues to contend. He’s thrown for 12 TDs, 5 INTs, 1,769 YDs with a 102.3 QB rating through the first 5 weeks of 2011.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers – The past decade has been good to Big Ben. He became the youngest QB to win a Super Bowl and has won 2 before the age of 30. He is known for his ability to make big plays and play “backyard football” by running around and making a big throw upfield after it seems the play is dead. Big Ben is 6’5, 241 pounds, so it is difficult for defenders to bring him down. It usually takes 2 or 3 guys to get him to the ground. He plays through injury and can be counted on to make big plays when his team needs them. He’s been to 3 Super Bowls in only 7 years of play. He’s thrown for 8 TDs, 6 INTs, 1,376 YDs and a QB rating of 89.2.