|Why did this man NOT go to the Steelers? Bad Decision|
Dan Marino, Jim Kelly and John Elway with an honorable Mention to Tony Eason who went to the Super Bowl with the Patriots.
Even taking out Eason, you are left with 3 Hall of Fame QB's picked in the 1st round of 1983.
Everyone likes to look back and compare every draft class to this one for a reason, it is the best ever. Until recently no other draft has been able to rival it. That is until the class of 2004 which could very well end up being the best ever.
In 2004 we have Phillip Rivers, Eli Manning and Ben Rothlesberger. These QB's now have 7 years of NFL experience and the statistics are starting to add up.
The class of 1983 has 8 Superbowls (9 if you count Eason) and only two Victories.
After 14 NFL Seasons the 1983 class was ZERO for 9 - it wasn't until John Elway finally racked up two victories at the end of his career that this class, the greatest ever, finally got a W in the biggest game.
The 2004 class has been around for 7 years and is already 4-1. That is Half the seasons, Twice the amount of Wins and about half the amount of total Super Bowls. I'm really looking forward to the next 7 years and watching these 3 play because all are capable of getting another 2 each. When all is said an done this is going to go down as the greatest QB class in NFL history supplanting the 1983 class.
I'm looking forward to following the progression of next years QB crop as well because they have a lot of positive talk and energy surrounding them. Luck, RG3 and Tannehill (or whatever). Lets look back in 7 years and see what they have collectively done for and to the NFL to see if they'll be able to be a trio that is talked about in the same class as 1983 and 2004 or if they'll end up (like most every other class that is highly touted) overrated.
Dan Marino - 1 Super Bowl - 9 Pro Bowls - 10/17 Playoffs
Jim Kelly - 4 Super Bowls - 4 Pro Bowls - 8/11 Playoffs
John Elway - 5 Super Bowls - 9 Pro Bowls - 10/16 Playoffs
10 Super Bowls - 22 Pro Bowls - 28 Playoff Appearances
Ben Rothlisberger - 3 Super Bowls - 2 Pro Bowls - 5/7 Playoffs
Eli Manning - 2 Super Bowls - 2 Pro Bowls - 4/7 Playoffs
Phillip Rivers - 0 Super Bowls - 4 Pro Bowls - 3/7 Playoffs
5 Super Bowls - 8 Pro Bowls - 12 Playoff Appearances