Peyton Manning is the Hall of Famer. Four-time NFL MVP. Super Bowl XLI Champion and MVP. NFL record-holder for most TD passes (55) and yards passing (5,477) in a season. He is the grand master who is looking for the final jewel to add to his incredible career. And his TV ads are pretty darn funny.
Russell Wilson is the new kid on the block. A pup, if you will. Many "experts" thought he was too small to play in the NFL. They were wrong. He is the only QB in NFL history to win 23 games his first two seasons. At 25 he will be the sixth youngest QB to start a Super Bowl, and just the sixth quarterback to start a Super Bowl in either his first or second NFL seasons. He doesn't have too many TV ads yet but that is certain to change soon.
An established all-time great versus a young winner. Despite their differences, both of these field generals are the unquestioned leaders of their teams.
On Super Bowl Sunday, one will be champion.
Super Bowl Fun Facts - Quarterbacks
John Elway (38) was the oldest QB to start a Super Bowl. He led the Denver Broncos to a win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII. Second oldest? Why that would be Peyton Manning on February 2.
Peyton Manning will join Kurt Warner (St. Louis, Arizona) and Craig Morton (Dallas, Denver) as the only QBs to start the Super Bowl for two different teams.
The five youngest QBs to start a Super Bowl game are: Dan Marino (23), Ben Roethlisberger (23), David Woodley (24), Tom Brady (24) and Drew Bledsoe (24).
The only QBs to win a Super Bowl in either his first or second seasons were Kurt Warner, Ben Roethlisberger, and Tom Brady.
Watch Super Bowl XLVIII at 6:30pm ET on Sunday, February 2nd on Fox.