I am not going to lie. I am fanboying out pretty hard in anticipation for the conference championships later today. If you enjoy football as much as I do, how can you not be excited when you have four of the league’s best QBs going to head-to-head? This may be the best final four in terms of quarterbacks…ever.
In the NFC, Aaron Rodgers takes on Matt Ryan. Over in the AFC, we have Ben Roethlishberger up against Tom Brady. These are two heavyweight match ups. I, for one, cannot wait to see how it plays out.
All that being said, here is a top 5 list of quarterbacks I would love to see suit up just one more time.
5. Jake Plummer
I was always a big Jake Plummer fan growing. I am not sure what really drew me to him though. I am not sure if it was the gunslinger mentality and willingness to throw balls into triple coverage without a care in the world. I don’t know if it was because he played to the beat of his own drum. But, I fucking love the guy. He was always one of my favorites to watch on Sunday. He had a run with the Denver Broncos where they made the playoffs three straight seasons (03-05) and they were one of my favorite teams because of him. When he prematurely walked away from football, my childhood died.
4. Matt Hasselbeck
I know he recently retired in 2016 so he hasn’t been away from the game long. It feels like an eternity since he was relevant though. When he and Shaun Alexander were running the show with the Seattle Seahawks, that was a fun team to watch. Not quite as fun as the Legion of Boom, but fun nonetheless. For two straight seasons, the New Orleans Saints opened their season against Hasselbeck and I just remember enjoying how crafty he was. He played very sound, mistake free football. From 2003-2007, the Seahawks had one of the most consistent teams. I would love to see good ole Matt Hasselbeck back one more time.
3. Michael Vick
I know he is still playing as a back up, but for the love of God, he isn’t even a shell of himself anymore. Bring back Michael Vick of 2003 and 2004. He was the most electrifying player in the NFL at the time and on top of the football world. We are talking about a guy who may not have had the best arm in terms of accuracy, but he could carve defenses with his running ability. The guy did rush for 1,000 yards as a QB in a season. His highlights are magical.
2. Donovan McNabb
Oh boy, he was fantastic. I freaking loved this guy. My mom used my ticket for one of the Saints games when they played the Eagles years ago. This was when I was big into collecting NFL jerseys. My mom had traded my Joe Horn jersey to someone for his Donovan McNabb jersey. I was so pumped when she brought it home because she knew he was one of my favorite QBs. Yeah, my mom is awesome. I know. Back to McNabb…I loved his scrambling ability and how he was able to extend plays and then just fire the ball downfield. I feel like he was my generation’s version of Warren Moon in terms of style of play.
1. Brett Favre
This is just a no-brainer. Love him or hate him and in my case hate him, but Brett Favre made football interesting. I hated the constant retirement questions and milking of his career. I won’t lie though. The football fan in me rejoiced every time he said he was coming back for just one more year. He was a true gun slinger much like Plummer, but obviously way better considering he was voted in to the Hall of Fame and rightfully so. He was as reckless as they come, but that made for some entertaining football. How many times did we see him break the cardinal rule and throw across his body? You never knew if it was going to get picked off or go 60 yards for a touchdown. It seems selfish to ask for one more game when he had a career that spanned over two decades, but damn it, I want just one more!