Friday, July 27, 2012

The Top 100 QBs Since the Merger (20-1)

How did the best of the modern era fare all time?
20. Bob Griese (1967-80, Dolphins)
Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder accurately predicted that Kansas City would be a heavy underdog in Super Bowl IV against Minnesota, just because they were the AFL representative. Even after the Jets beat Baltimore one year earlier, AFL’s top warrior was viewed as highly inferior. When the merger took place in 1970, it’d be Bob Griese’s AFL squad that would shatter that view forever.

Griese held a 5-0 record as a starter in 1972 when bad luck reared its ugly head. The starter would break his leg, and the aging Earl Morrall finished the season, win nine games, before struggling against Pittsburgh in the title round. Turning back to Griese at halftime, he managed the ensuing victory, and then held off Washington in the Super Bowl, preserving the perfect season.

Griese earned six trips to the Pro Bowl as an NFL starter, to go along with his two AFL All-Star honors. Although he repeated as champion a year later with more of an output from himself, it’s that season of perfection that fills the body of Bob Griese’s incredible legacy in the game.

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