In terms of pressure, there may be no event that can rattle an athlete like the Super Bowl. Obviously, what makes these different than other major sports is a lack of Championship series; this one game defines year-long preparation. Super Bowl XLVIII features an interesting juxtaposition of a quarterback’s career circle.
Denver Broncos signal-caller Peyton Manning will most likely win his fifth regular season MVP award; Manning already holds the record with four trophies. At 37 years old, he admits that time is running out. When that end does arrive, this man will be considered one of the very best ever at his position. In his way of a second championship ring is a quarterback that represents football’s next generation.
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has just completed his second regular season. Wilson’s playing style follows this new kind of franchise player. Evolution slowly continues moving us from the pocket passer (Manning, for example), to someone like Wilson. He shows capability to be accurate, while also making plays with his feet. During the playoffs, mobility has been on display both on designed runs and when trying to find receivers downfield on broken plays.
Wednesday’s press conference showed a very calm player who said he is “excited” to be a part of America’s unofficial holiday. One would think that given his youth, other chances would follow. Hall of Famer Dan Marino probably thought the same thing his second year. After suffering defeat, he never appeared in another Super Bowl. Despite being confident, nerves will play a role. It is human nature, so establishing running back Marshawn Lynch is critical. Wilson has statically cooled off as of late, so balance will help greatly.