The Paul Finebaum Show’s bracket to determine the greatest SEC quarterback of all-time was narrowed to a field of eight on Wednesday, eliminating Eli Manning and three others.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) March 16, 2016
The votes to determine the winners of each matchup are held on Twitter, and top-seeded Tim Tebow is out to an early lead over No. 8 seed Joe Namath. Statistically, the two aren’t close.
Tebow racked up 9,286 passing and 2,947 rushing yards in his four seasons at Florida, and earned a Heisman Trophy in 2007. Namath finished his three seasons at Alabama with 2,713 passing yards and 563 rushing yards,and led his team to a national championship before he was selected in the first rounds of both the AFL and NFL drafts. According to ESPN, legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant called Namath “the greatest athlete [he] ever coached.”
The quarterfinals will also feature an interesting matchup between No. 4 Cam Newton and No. 5 Johnny Manziel. Newton played just one year at Auburn, leading the Tigers to an undefeated season and earning a Heisman Trophy with 30 passing and 20 rushing touchdowns. Manziel was the starter at Texas A&M for only two seasons, racking up 63 passing touchdowns, 30 rushing touchdowns and a Heisman Trophy of his own in 2012.
In the first round, Archie Manning toppled his son Eli Manning, and the higher seeds all advanced to the quarterfinals.
Voting in Finebaum’s bracket is open for one day, so the semifinalists will be revealed on Thursday.