The Steelers report to training camp in Latrobe, PA next Monday, so it's time to start focusing on the glories of the NFL once again.
To start off the season, I'm ranking the ten best quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL.
Honorable mentions: Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks; Jon Kitna, Detroit Lions; Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia Eagles (the question mark of the 2007 season); Chad Pennington, New York Jets
10 - Vince Young, Tennessee Titans...so much potential, so much fun to watch, he made a bad team good
9 - Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers...what a season he had with the great Chargers team; I'm not sure he (or they) will come close this season
8 - Michael Vick, Atlanta Falcons...tremendous talent, stupid off-the-field decisions...it's time to win some meaningful games
7 - Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers (a lock for the Hall of Fame)...at one time the best in the game and probably more fun to watch than any other QB in NFL history, the old man's bringing it on for one more season...his farewell tour won't be pretty, but, being maybe the toughest athlete on the planet, it will be great to watch
6 - Marc Bulger, St. Louis Rams...efficient, flying under the radar in the wake of teams and QBs with more flash
5 - Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals...a great passer and tough leader, but he'll have to win some meaningful games (i.e., playoffs) to make me into a true believer
4 - Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers...I'm thinkin' he'll bounce back into superstar form, even if the Steelers can't overtake powerhouse teams like the Patriots
3 - Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints...magnificent...he may lead the Saints to an NFC title
2 - Tom Brady, New England Patriots (a lock for the Hall of Fame)...the most successful QB of the 21st century (so far), and leader of the team of the decade...he's the favorite to win the Super Bowl in the upcoming season, which would tie him with Bradshaw and Montana...two more Super Bowls puts him in a class by himself
1 - Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts (a lock for the Hall of Fame)...he finally got the monkey off his back by winning a Super Bowl; unquestionably one of the all-time greats and certainly the best passer in the game today, I typically give Brady the edge over Manning, but Manning beat Brady's Patriots twice last season and, of course, won the game that really matters...Manning's the best QB currently playing in the NFL