Today when it is determine who is going to Super Bowl 2011 four young men will help guide that decision and they are unique in many ways but alike in so many others.
All of them are younger than 30; Chicago Jay Cutler and the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers are both 27, Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger is 28 and Jets Mark Sanchez, the darling of the growing Latino NFL audience, is the youngest at 24.
All four were first-round picks which is a clear indicator of their enormous talent and why they mark the new era of NFL quarterbacks leaving behind Tom Brady, 33 and Peyton Manning, 34, this season.
The AFC championship pits Sanchez v. Roethlisberger, with the later having won two Super Bowl championships. With his gruff edge and tabloid exploits, Roethlisberger is a well-known entity. Whereas Sanchez or ‘Sanchise’ in Spanglish, as some of his Mexican-Americans fans like to call him is the poster boy (at the moment) for good behavior and even better p.r. This game will be played today at 6:30 EST at Heinz Field and airs on CBS.
The NFC championship pits two legendary rivals Bears v. Packers, making the Cutler v. Rodgers battle a little less prominent. Both of these quarterbacks won their first playoff games this month and haven’t won the audience accolades like the AFC quarterbacks. Rodgers had been Brett Favre’s back up for three seasons and Cutler who has many critics due to his 26-interception-season last year is still trying to prove himself in some ways. This game will be played at 3:00 EST at Soldiers Field and airs on Fox.