Today marks the first Sunday without football since August, but this time next week, everyone will be gearing up for Super Bowl 50, which could have more on the line than just the NFL’s crown jewel.
The league’s pinnacle game features two of the SEC’s all-time greatest players in former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning and former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.
With reports swirling that the Super Bowl will mark the end of Manning’s career, many have pondered whether the game could mark the passing of torch of the Manning era to the Newton era in the NFL. If one thing’s for certain, both signal callers are undoubtedly two of the SEC’s best of all-time, but where do they stand in regards to all SEC players that currently play in the NFL?
First of all, it depends on the terms you’re looking at.
In the present, Newton joins a young group consisting of former LSU players Patrick Peterson and Odell Beckham, Jr., former Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones, former UGA wide receiver A.J. Green and former Texas A&M defensive end Von Miller.
Newton, who is arguably the favorite to win this year’s NFL MVP, is a part of the newfound stars in the NFL that will carry the torch for the next 10 years in the league.
But at the same time, there’s still the list of veteran greats that have been the face of the NFL for the past decade, and Manning is certainly at the top of that list. Also included: former Tennessee players Arian Foster and Jason Witten, former Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning and former Arkansas offensive tackle Jason Peters.
Peyton Manning’s recent injuries have slowed down his dominance the past two years. But the former Vol is looking to return to old form and land himself a second Super Bowl title.
As for Newton, he’s looking to win his first Super Bowl, cement himself in the NFL history books and begin his own era of dominance.
Regardless of ranking in history, there’s no denying both Manning and Newton are two of the greatest in SEC history, and a week from tonight, the two quarterbacks have the chance to provide a great Super Bowl.