Originally written January 25, 2013 on Football Nation:
No NFL fan would argue that today’s league is a passer’s league, a quarterback’s league. And with each new Super Bowl winning quarterback, the media quickly anoints that player into the “elite” status.But the favored quarterback to win this year’s Super Bowl has not even started a full season in the NFL. After starting Quarterback Alex Smith suffered a concussion in November, backup Colin Kaepernick began to play and never lost his job. Super Bowl XLVII will be Kaepernick’s tenth start in the NFL.On the other side, Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco has been in the league and started every game for five seasons. If Baltimore pulls off the upset, fans will argue Flacco’s status as an elite quarterback.Elite. What does it mean to be elite? It seems so silly and cliché especially since everyone wants to name every quarterback as elite. It has become the NFL's most over used phrase: elite quarterback.But who is actually elite? Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. Mayb...
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