All week I have been praying that, against all odds, Aaron Rodgers, Mike McCarthy, and the Green Bay Packers would find a way to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.
Before you ask yourself, “This is a Colts site, were not in the Super Bowl, I don’t want to hear about the Packers beating the Steelers, why is he writing this article?” think about this:
Had Roethlisberger and the Steelers won, then they would have been put up in the rarefied air of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. All Colts fans would have had to listen to was how Big Ben is a better quarterback than Manning, because he has two more Championships than Manning. It’s the same old argument I’ve heard for years, but at least when they make it regarding Brady, I can understand why. I’m always quick to retort that It doesn’t matter to those people that both Brady and Roethlisberger play for better “teams”; the argument still always comes down to the number of rings each one has.
Even before the game, certain writers were placing Manning fourth behind Roethlisberger, so you can imagine what we would have had to listen to if the Steelers won.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the Steelers, and I think Ben is a great quarterback. He’s just not Tom Brady, or Peyton Manning, or Drew Brees. In fact, Rogers’s performance against that defense, where key Packer players on both sides of the ball succumb to injuries during the game — for that “team” to win — was incredible. I’m convinced that Rogers is on his way to belonging in the same class as the above.
Therefore, from one appreciative Colts’ fan, I would like to thank the whole Packer organization, from Ted Thompson, down to all the guys who manned up and took down the Steelers. It was a tremendous “team” effort – something those who like to bash Manning seem to forget about: With the rare exception, teams win Super Bowls, not quarterbacks.