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What Did Super Bowl LI Mean for Tom Brady?

If you’re interested in football, which you clearly must be to be visiting my website here, then you probably watched the Superbowl. It looked like a guaranteed win for the Falcons shortly into the game. But then the Patriots did what they do best and they took home yet another Super Bowl victory. And one to remember at that.
But what does this triumphant mean for one Patriot player in particular? All eyes were on Tom Brady on Super Bowl night. And the significance of this match will be marked in this history books. So here’s exactly what the win of Super Bowl 51 meant for Brady.

  • Most Games Played at the Super Bowl – the first record Tom Brady has smashed is the number of Super Bowls played by a single player. He has appeared in seven Super Bowls (so far at least). Before Super Bowl 51, Brady was tied with Mike Lodish.
  • Tied Most Games Won at the Super Bowl – this isn’t exactly a broken record, but Tom Brady is now tied for the number of Super Bowl games won by a single player. Charles Haley is the other talented player with five Super Bowl rings to his name. Charles Haley was a linebacker and defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Most Games Won as a Quarterback at the Super Bowl – while he is only tied for the most Super Bowl wins as a single player in general, he is the new record holder for the most Super Bowl wins as a quarterback. Before Super Bowl 51, he was tied with legends Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw.

It’s clear to see that Tom Brady has made his mark in football history with this most recent Super Bowl victory. For a man who was picked number 199 in the 2000 NFL draft, he is talented. And, so far, there’s no sign of him deciding to retire. He’s still young, active, and full of determination. Who knows how many more records he’ll break by the time he’s done.
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Dariusz Bladek: From NFL to CFL

Now, I may be a huge fan of the NFL, but there is an offensive lineman that has caught my eye recently. He was a prospect for the draft though he sadly didn’t make it on a team. Now, he’s considered one of the top ranked prospects for the CFL, the Canadian Football League. He’s got a crazy story that I think you, my fellow football enthusiasts, will enjoy.

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Dariusz Bladek is his name and football is his game. He’s a native of the sunshine state of Florida and played for Poinciana High School. His work there caught the eye of Ohio, Indiana, and plenty of Florida college teams. I’m not exactly sure what happened, but he just didn’t make the cut in the draft. I thought he’d go third round at least. But, things don’t always go as planned. Thankfully, the future’s looking bright for this kid.

You see, Bladek’s mother was actually born in Canada. She was then adopted and moved out of the country, but the Canadian origin still holds true. So, Dariusz Bladek qualifies for dual citizenship. This means, he will be a national when he is finally available to be picked up by a Canadian team. This is very much in his favor and will definitely help him make the next step in his career.

Until then, he is still involved in the game, coaching the same high school team that he played for. He also works out continuously to keep himself in prime shape for when his playing days begin again. March is quickly approaching and that’s when he’ll head to Regina to perform for the scouts. Fingers crossed all goes well and he finds himself making a name on a team.

One thing I truly admire about Dariusz Bladek is his focus on his family. He has a younger brother and sister that he cares about very deeply. His brother, Jozef, is actually applying for dual citizenship as well so that he can stay close to his big brother. And he also works very closely with his father doing renovation work on restaurants in his spare time. His family’s ancestry can be traced back to the Polish, known for their tight family bonds. This makes Bladek not only a football star to be, but a role model as well.

In short, this offensive lineman is one to watch. He won the Larry Little Offensive Lineman of the Year Award and it’s easy to see why. At six feet and four inches tall, and three hundred and eight pounds in weight, I can’t wait to see what happens next. March can’t come soon enough.

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A Brief History of Football Elements

It’s no secret that football can be a very dangerous contact sport. Every single play, players are running at rapid speeds and clashing into each other. They appear like titans at war. And with these clashes comes the risk of serious head injuries. These head traumas have been the topic of numerous studies and even movies.

The best line of defense against concussions and other head injuries? The classic football helmet. They sell for thousands of dollars online when signed by the legends who wore them. But they didn’t always look shiny and logo designed like they do now. What is the history of this vital piece of safety equipment?

The first professional game of football was played all the way back in September of 1895. But the first football helmet wasn’t used until the first few years of the 1900’s. Even then, it was simply a few pieces of leather that were stitched together to cover the top of the head and then strapped under the chin. It was better than nothing, but not much at all.

The next evolution of the helmet came in the 1940’s. While they had steadily added more support and leather padding to the helmets, they finally made a leap toward flashier football. They added colors and patterns to the outsides of the helmets for professional matches. Now you could easily identify which team certain players were on and root on your favorites.

It was in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s that the leather helmets were removed from play. The material of choice became plastic. They were very simple but covered the whole head and a piece over the chin area. This plastic design would be fine tuned over the next twenty years, extra protection being added to the face area.

Today, we still use similar plastic helmets in our professional, televised football game. The technology is still improving however. They’ve even inserted radios into some helmets so captains and coaches can stay in contact and make important play calls. It’s alot trickier than you think to keep a radio working when it’s involved in a head collision. Safety is also a major priority and researchers are working endlessly to improve helmets only further. Who knows how they’ll look another fifty years from now.

It’s fascinating to see how far this seemingly commonplace piece of equipment has come. But we still have a long way to go. Players encounter long term difficulties with frequent concussions and other head injuries. It’s a heated debate about how these situations should be handled, but helmet technology is a large part of protecting our players.

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Aaron Rodgers & Other Elite QB’s

Current Elite Quarterbacks

The previous blog posts specifically outlined some of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the National Football League (NFL) that had never won a Super Bowl. That’s all fine and dandy, but we are all living in the present. These next posts will cover the best quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL. Regardless of Super Bowl rings, These high-level leaders are constantly pushing the boundaries and making remarkable plays.

So, who might they be? Check the list below.

  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Tom Brady
  • Cam Newton
  • Russell Wilson
  • Andrew Luck

I know you may agree or disagree with some of my selections. I assure you that I will provide valid reasons for why each one of these quarterbacks made it on my list. Also, I struggled over putting Drew Brees on the list, but ultimately decided that he’s been on a consistent decline for the past few years. He has done some incredible things on the football field but I do not consider him to be elite any longer.

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Now, lets get right into it. First up is also the quarterback I have at the very top of my list of elites. His name is Aaron Rodgers. My best bud doesn’t agree with me at all, but what does he know. He trims trees (treeservicecompanylasvegas.com) for a living and he’s a Chicago Bears fan.

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Randall Cunningham

Randall Cunningham

Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Randall Cunnigham had a spectacular NFL career and continued to change the minds of many football fans that black athletes can play at the elite quarterback level.

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As a senior at Santa Barbra High School, Cunningham took his team to a league title and a championship appearance. He played college football at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where he still holds the record with the only season with 10 or more wins. After a great college career he was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.

After his NFL career, Cunningham finished up his college education at UNLV, the same place he started it. He went on to produce Christian Gospel music and has been ordained a Protestant minister. He founded and currently runs Remnant Ministries church in Las Vegas.

One of my buddies in Las Vegas runs his own tree trimming business treeservicehenderson.com and has done Mr. Cunningham’s landscaping for years. He has told me on a number of occasions how great of a person Mr. Cunningham is and how much he does for the local youth football programs.

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No Super Bowl Rings For The NFL’s Greatest Quarterbacks

There have been so many quality quarterbacks who have had the privilege to lead their NFL teams and some have even ended up in the Hall of Fame. Many have had the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl as well. Unfortunately, there have been a few elite quarterbacks who have never won the Super Bowl and this has left a void in their otherwise remarkable careers.

Here are top four NFL quarterbacks who have never won the Super Bowl.

 

Jim Kelly

There is one quarterback that most people think of when considering those who never won the Super Bowl. That quarterback’s name is none other than Jim ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly.

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Over his pro-football Hall of Fame career that spanned eleven years, Kelly played in four Super Bowls and sadly lost them all. To add insult to injury, all four Super Bowls were in consecutive years. This does not put the stamp on his career though, because he is easily considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

Kelly was born in the Pittsburgh area, winning all-state honors as quarterback at East Brady High School where he also gained acclaim as a basketball player. After a great college career at the University of Miami, the Buffalo Bills drafted Jim Kelly in the first round.

Instead of going straight into the NFL, Kelly was somehow convinced to go to the United States Football League (USFL). As the first string quarterback for the Houston Gamblers Kelly put up mind-blowing stats in just two years of play, over 9,800 passing yards, 83 touchdowns and a 63% completion rate. After four years in the USFL, Kelly finally joined the Buffalo Bills when the USFL closed operations in 1986.

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While leading Buffalo’s “no-huddle” offense, Kelly led the Bills to the playoffs in eight of his eleven seasons with the team. He won six division championships, but his Super Bowl misfortunes are an unfortunate part of his legacy. Kelly was excellent at calling audibles and did so almost every offensive possession. The result was communication breakdown on the defensive side and unlimited mismatches.

Kelly racked up a large number of accolades and accomplishments throughout his career. He ended his NFL career with over 2,800 completions, 4,700 attempts, 35,000 passing yards and exactly 320 total touchdowns. Jim Kelly was voted into the Pro Bowl 5 times, Pro Bowl MVP in 1991, and is still the only quarterback to have every lead a team to four consecutive Super Bowls.

A more important part of his legacy is his current fight with cancer and the work he does with his non-profit organization, Hunter’s Hope. Kelly established the non-profit company after losing his son to a disease of the nervous system. Jim Kelly will always be one of the greatest quarterbacks never to win a Super Bowl and he is a great individual as well.

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Preview Into Other Great NFL Quarterbacks With No World Titles

  1. First up is a Pittsburgh native, Dan Marino. His college career with Pitt is well documented, especially his Sugar Bowl win against Georgia in 1982 when he threw a touchdown pass in the last minute to win it. In seventeen years with the Miami Dolphins, Marino led them to the playoffs ten times. After a 14-2 season in 1984, Marino lost the Super Bowl to Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers. He was a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee in 2005.
  2. Another excellent quarterback never to win a Super Bowl is Randall Cunningham. The Philadelphia Eagles ultimately picked him up in 1985 after a solid college career at UNLV. He is a three time NFL MVP and led the Eagles to the playoffs in 1988, playing in the legendary “Fog Bowl” against the Chicago Bears. He threw for almost thirty thousand yards in his career but never won the Super Bowl.
  3. Finally, Warren Moon wraps up the field of great quarterbacks never to win the Super Bowl. Moon had a stellar and varied career, spending time in the Canadian Football League before joining the Houston Oilers in 1984. His Hall of Fame career included playoff appearances but again no Super Bowl victories. He made the Pro-Bowl nine times though and threw for almost fifty thousand yards.

These star NFL quarterbacks had memorable careers but unfortunately never reached their dream of a Super Bowl victory. Even that wasn’t enough to diminish their greatness.

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Warren Moon

Warren Moon

Warren Moon was born in Los Angeles and was raised predominantly by his mother after his father passed away at the age of seven. Growing up with six sisters and mom who worked full time forced Moon to do whatever necessary to aid his family. When growing up Warren Moon decided he could play just one high school sport, otherwise he wouldn’t be able to work enough hours in order help take care of his family.

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He ended up choosing to play quarterback on his high school football team. Moon knew immediately that he was athletic enough to get the starting quarterback position and did so in his junior year. As a senior he led his team to the playoffs and was also named to the all-city team. Moons decision to try playing football proved to be a fateful one.

Moon’s passing ability landed him at the University of Washington, where he threw for 1,772 yards and 12 touchdowns in 1977, and beat Michigan in the 1978 Rose Bowl. He was also declared that game’s Most Valuable Player and was on to his next challenge, the National Football League (NFL). However, breaking into the NFL proved to be challenging.

Moon was considered small and slow as far as professional quarterback go. It was popular belief at that time that black athletes could not play quarterback at the elite level. Moon didn’t go straight into the NFL due to lack of interest. Instead, he signed with the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League (CFL), and helped lead the Eskimos to the Grey Cup each year from 1978 to 1982. He was also the first pro quarterback to pass for 5,000 yards in a season. For Moon, this not only opened the door to the NFL, but generated him a ton of interest from NFL coaches and teams that otherwise was non-existent.

Warren Moon

Moon went from a quarterback who wasn’t on anyone’s radar 5 years prior to finding himself in the middle of a bidding war among NFL teams. When the dust settled, the Houston Oilers prevailed in acquiring Moon. In his first season with the Oilers in 1984, he threw for 3,338 yards. In 1987, Moon played in his first postseason game; beating the Seahawks 23-20 in a wildcard-round, overtime win.

Then in 1989, he signed a 5-year, $10 million contract extension. Moon posted impressive stats with the Oilers, leading the league in passing yards in 1990 with 4,689, and 1991 with 4,690. In 1992, the Oilers beat the Bills in the last game of the season, but lost to them in the first round of the American Football Conference (AFC) playoffs in overtime. However, it was in the same AFC playoff game that Moon set the new postseason record of 36 completions.

In 1993, the Oilers went 12-4 and won the AFC championship, but later lost to Kansas City in the playoffs. That was Moon’s last season as an Oiler, but he left the franchise with a record 70 wins. He was traded to Minnesota, where he missed half the 1996 season with injuries. After that his career started on a downhill slide. Brad Johnson took his spot as starting quarterback, and Moon refused a lesser offer to act as Johnson’s backup, leading to his release. Moon spent a few years with the Seahawks and Kansas City, and finally chose retirement in 2001.

Warren Moon’s stats are mind-blowing. In his NFL career, he made 3,988 completions for 49,325 yards, and 291 total touchdown passes. His average quarterback rating was 80.9. He gained 1,736 yards rushing, and even 22 rushing touchdowns.

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Moon was ultimately selected to both the NFL Football Hall of Fame and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. He was the first undrafted player and the first black player to achieve both of these monumental feats. He was also invited to 9 Pro Bowl games, and was Pro Bowl MVP in 1997. The Tennessee Titans, formally known as the Houston Oilers franchise, retired his number.

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Warren Moon is definitely one of the best quarterbacks to be always a bridesmaid, never a bride. But ironically, he received a Super Bowl ring as a Seattle Seahawks broadcaster in 2013. A minor technicality, so I made the executive decision to still include Moon into the list of great NFL Quarterbacks who have never won a Super Bowl.

A fun fact that many people may not know is that Warren Moon mentored Cam Newton and played a big role in his current success. Cam Newton has continued to mature and increase his stats every year in the NFL. Having already gone to a Super Bowl in his young career, I believe Newton will eventually win a ring. Lets hope Moon’s ‘never won a Super Bowl’ juju doesn’t rub off on Newton.

Dan Marino

Greatest NFL Quarterbacks with no Super Bowl Titles

This Blog Post was created to discuss the best NFL Quarterbacks to never have won a Super Bowl. It wasn’t easy, but I was able to narrow the list down to Four qualifiers. Each man has provided the NFL community and sports fans with countless excitement and entertainment over the years. Unfortunately, they all have were unable to achieve the ultimate prize in the NFL, the Lombardi Trophy and a Super Bowl Ring.

The first Quarterback I’ll be discussing is Dan ‘The Man’ Marino.

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Whether you remember seeing him play or only watched his highlights on film, you have to marvel at the way the football capitulated from his hand with the slightest arm movement. Dan Marino could throw the football like no other player ever had and was noted for having the quickest release of any quarterback to ever hold a football. Recently, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers has been compared to Marino as having one of the quickest releases in the history of the National Football League (NFL).

During his tenure with the Miami Dolphins, Marino had an unequaled career that won him a spot in NFL Pro Football’s Hall of Fame. At the time of his retirement, after the 1999 season, Marino held the NFL records for most career pass attempts at 8,358, most completions with 4,967, most passing yards at 61,361 and the all-time touchdown-pass mark of 420. Dan took the Dolphins to the playoffs 10 times in his 17 seasons.

Dan Marino was a transformational player, carrying the Dolphins with his unbelievable passing prowess for 17 years. The supernaturally gifted thrower from Pennsylvania put up unprecedented numbers in just his second NFL season. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in a single season. His record-setting single-season 48 touchdown passes in 1984 were a dozen more than any other quarterback had ever thrown in NFL history, and helped him take his Dolphins to a regular season record of 14 and 2.

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All in all Dan Marino had the storybook of all storybook careers, except for one thing; he never won a Super Bowl. At the age of just 23 Dan led his Dolphins into Super Bowl XIX, a game that was to be his biggest overall team achievement, and his single biggest disappointment. When the game ended the Dolphins lost to Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers 38 – 16. This unfortunately was the only Super Bowl appearance in Marino’s entire pro football career.

Marino and the Dolphins stormed through the ’84 playoffs, blitzing the Seattle Seahawks before playing Dan’s favorite childhood team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, in the AFC Championship Game. Many say that game was the best playoff performance of Marino’s amazing career, throwing for four touchdowns and 421 yards, completing 21 of 32 pass attempts to defeat the Steelers 45 to 28 and send the Dolphins to Super Bowl XIX. Thirty years later Dan said the AFC Championship victory against the Steelers was the best moment of his career, because he grew up in Pittsburgh and also played college football at the University of Pittsburgh.

Next up were the San Francisco 49ers, and many, if not most, people felt the Dolphin’s juggernaut offense would be too much for the Californians to handle. Unfortunately for Marino, his teammates and Dolphin fans everywhere, the Dolphin defense had to face the unflappable Joe Montana on the other side of the ball.

On the Dolphins first two possession Marino moved his team down the field as easily as he had all season, with the first drive resulting in a field goal and the second a touchdown, the only touchdown Dan Marino was to throw in Super Bowl XIX. On the Dolphins next offensive possession, San Francisco coach Bill Walsh put in extra defensive backs and the 49er pass rush ate up the Dolphins and Dan Marino, with Miami losing the game.

Dan Marino

While Super Bowl XIX was a huge disappointment for Marino, it should not detract from all he accomplished as a quarterback and as a Dolphin. Still to this day, the question gets asked: was Dan Marino the best NFL quarterback to never win a super bowl?

This question if easy for me to answer, and it is a resounding Yes. As a kid I watched Marino play and thought he was the most exciting player in the NFL. At the age of 8 I wrote Marino a letter requesting an autograph. I actually wrote a letter to major sports athletes asking for their autographs as well. Dan Marino was the only one who mailed an autographed photo back to me. He even put his thumbprint in the ink of his signature before it dried. I instantly became his biggest fan for life.

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