Nearly five years later, the Quarterback Class of 2004 can start to be talked about in the same conversation with the trumpeted Quarterback Class of 1983.
Already, Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger, the New York Giants’ Eli Manning and San Diego’s Philip Rivers have combined to win as many Super Bowls as the Quarterback Class of ’83 that included three Hall of Famers: Denver’s John Elway, Miami’s Dan Marino and Buffalo’s Jim Kelly.
Now, Roethlisberger, Manning and Rivers – each of whom is playing in today’s divisional playoffs – have the chance to get the Quarterback Class of 2004 past the Quarterback Class of 1983 in terms of Super Bowl victories.
The Class of 2004 also is early into its career. But it’s shaping up as one of the finest group of quarterbacks ever taken in one draft. These playoffs can help to further cement it.