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Measuring past achievements versus future success

POSTED: June 11, 2014 9:00 a.m.
Joel Samuelson, Lory Kaun/Barrow County News

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Editor Zac Taylor and I had an interesting discussion in the office earlier this week. While discussing Deshaun Watson and Mikey Gonzalez at Gainesville, we started talking about surprising quarterbacks and their achievements in college and the NFL. 

For starters, we talked about how many casual fans probably assume that Peyton Manning was the quarterback who led Tennessee to their 1998 national championship. While most folks who are clad in creamsicle orange know it was actually Tee Martin, you could probably win more than a few bar bets with that kind of trivia. 

Peyton missed out on membership in an exclusive club by just one season, as that would have made him one of the few football players in history to have an NCAA football title and to have lifted the Lombardi trophy as Super Bowl victor.

As we looked over the list, it took us until Brad Johnson who led the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccanneers to a win over the Raiders in Super Bowl 37 before we thought we had a good candidate, but it turns out he, too, missed it. Florida State won their title two years after Johnson's departure for the NFL.

While Pete Carroll joined Barry Switzer of Oklahoma fame and Jimmie Johnson of The U as the only three coaches who have hoisted the trophy at both levels, it seemed as if no starting quarterbacks had completed the feat in the Super Bowl era.

Trivia time: both Switzer and Johnson won their Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.

What it all boils down to is this simple truth: success at one level never equates to success at another. Sometimers, the converse is true. Failure or bare mediocrity at one level is no disqualifier for success later on down the road.

It requires work and dedication either way you slice it. As the pundits and John Maxwell will often say, talent is never enough. 

Who says Watson will be a legend at Clemson? What will keep Gonzalez from overshadowing his predecessor other than the duration of time? 

The same goes for Winder-Barrow and Apalachee. Shake off last year. Focus on this one.

Trivia time part II: Tom Brady has actually won both a Super Bowl and a college championship, though his college title came as he sat back-up to Bryan Griese at Michigan for the 1997 season.

Of course. Who else but Tom Brady would show up Peyton Manning? It just would be him, wouldn't it?



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