Top 20 QBs Under 30 to Play in Super Bowl
Super Bowl 2013: Joe Flacco, Colin Kapernick
On February 3rd, the 47th annual Super Bowl will be played in New Orleans, Louisiana. Super Bowl XLVII features two head coaches that are brothers for the first time. John Harbaugh and Jim Harbaugh bring their respective Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers into the newly dubbed Harbaugh Bowl. The game will also feature two young quarterbacks in Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco.
Both quarterbacks in Super Bowl XLVII are under the age of 30. In fact, Kaepernick will become the sixth youngest quarterback to play in the Super Bowl at the age of 25. This is a pretty remarkable feat considering Kaepernick was Alex Smith’s backup much of the season before an injury gave him the opportunity of a lifetime. Kapernick now brings his 49ers into the Super Bowl with a perfect 2-0 career playoff record.
Joe Flacco will play in his first Super Bowl at the age of 28. Flacco broke a NFL record in the Ravens comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Playing on the road, Flacco set the record with six away wins in the NFL Playoffs. Flacco now holds the NFL record with six road Playoff wins. In his short five year career, Flacco holds an 8-4 playoff record.
So what does the 2013 Super Bowl have in store for Kaepernick and Flacco. Will they fold under the pressure like Tony Eason did in Super Bowl XX. Eason became the first quarterback to not complete a pass in the big game, going 0-6 with a fumble, and was replaced during the game. History isn’t on Kaepernick’s side, as the five youngest quarterbacks hold a 2-3 record in the Super Bowl.
10. Bob Griese
Bob Griese, 26
Super Bowl VI-Miami Dolphins
Griese lost his first Super Bowl attempt, but followed that up with two straight wins in Super Bowls VII and VIII. Griese's three appearances in Super Bowls ties him for third place all time.
9. Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger, 23
Super Bowl XL-Pittsburgh Steelers
In Super Bowl XL, Roethlisberger became the second youngest quarterback to start in the big game. With the Steelers win, he became the youngest winning quarterback in a Super Bowl. Roethlisberger has also led the Steelers to Super Bowl appearances in XLIII and XLV, posting a career 2-1 record in the big game.
8. Dan Marino
Dan Marino, 23
Super Bowl XIX-Miami Dolphins
Marino still holds the record for being the youngest quarterback to ever appear in the Super Bowl. The record has stood since Marino's rookie 1984 NFL season. Unfortunately for Marino, he never made it back to the big game and finished his career considered the greatest quarterback to never win a Super Bowl.
7. John Elway
John Elway, 26
Super Bowl XXI-Denver Broncos
Elway took the Broncos to three Super Bowls in a five year span. Unfortunately for the Broncos and Elway, they lost all three appearances. It wasn't until Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII that the Broncos enjoyed lifting the Lombardi Trophy. Elway was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXIII. Elway finished his career with five apperances in the big game, tied for a NFL record with Tom Brady. Elway holds a career 2-3 Super Bowl record.
6. Troy Aikman
Troy Aikman, 26
Super Bowl XXVII-Dallas Cowboys
Troy Aikman would also lead the Cowboys to appearances and victories in Super Bowl XXVIII and Super Bowl XXX. Aikman won Super Bowl MVP in XXVII and finished his career with a perfect 3-0 record in the Super Bowl.
5. Eli Manning
Eli Manning, 26
Super Bowl XLII-New York Giants
Manning became the youngest in his family to make an apperance in the Super Bowl. Manning led the Giants to victory in his first apperance and also in Super Bowl XLVI. Manning won Super Bowl MVPs in both Super Bowl efforts.
4. Terry Bradshaw
Terry Bradshaw, 26
Super Bowl IX-Pittsburgh Steelers
Bradshaw won his firsts Super Bowl ring at the age of 26. In his NFL career, Bradshaw would also lead the Steelers to appearances and wins in Super Bowl X, Super Bowl XIII and Super Bowl XIV. Bradshaw's four Super Bowl wins is tied for first all time with Joe Montana. Bradshaw was named Super Bowl MVP twice.
2. Joe Montana
Joe Montana, 25
Super Bowl XVI-San Francisco 49ers
Montana, along with Terry Bradshaw, is the only quarterback to win four Super Bowls. Montana holds the record for most Super Bowl MVP trophies with three.
1. Tom Brady
Tom Brady, 24
Super Bowl XXXVI-New England Patriots
Taking over for the injured Drew Bledsoe, Brady guided the Patriots to a win in Super Bowl XXXVI. Brady also led the Patriots to victories in Super Bowl XXXVIII and Super Bowl XXXIX. This gave Brady three Super Bowl rings by the time he was age 28 and helped establish the Patriots as a dynasty. Two Super Bowl MVPs were awarded to the Patriots quarterback in his first two wins. Brady has had two more appearances in the big game since then, holding a career 3-2 record in the Super Bowl. Brady's five appearances in the Super Bowl is tied for a NFL record with John Elway.