AFC and NFC Championships Offer a Glimpse into the NFL’s Future

January 18, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

This year's AFC and NFC championships reflect the movement towards a new era of quarterbacks.  Absent are the elite quarterbacks of the past decade: Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Donovan McNabb, Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner. Replacing them are four young quarterbacks only in their 20s (Jay Cutler, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger and Mark Sanchez), and with plenty of years of potential greatness ahead of them.  
Brady, Favre, McNabb, Manning and Warner have been the face of NFL quarterbacking for the past 10 to 15 years. The five have a combined total of 20 conference championship appearances between them, and a total of 12 trips to the Super Bowl. Of the five, four are safe bets for the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Brady, Favre, Manning and Warner), while McNabb is on the bubble. However, their era is coming to an end.  
Both Warner and Favre are now retired. Warner was able to leave the NFL gracefully after ending his career on a strong note with the Arizona ...

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