‘‘If you’re on Park Avenue in New York (at league headquarters), you’re pretty happy with the new representatives that will be the ambassadors for the league for the years to come.’’
The quarterbacks in the postseason undoubtedly fascinate fans, but they do so in different ways.
‘‘All with incredibly different kinds of stories, all with incredibly different ways of getting to the playoffs,’’ said McManus, whose network airs next month’s Super Bowl.
Nielsen/E-Poll calculates an ‘‘N-Score’’ to measure the endorsement potential of athletes. Peyton Manning has the top score of current QBs, but other players come out ahead in specific categories in the surveys.
In this high school yearbook of NFL quarterbacks, Brees is voted most appealing. Rodgers is the most confident, Newton the most dynamic, Griffin the most talented. Luck is considered the most intelligent and Brady the most attractive.
Their back stories sizzle. This season saw Manning return from neck surgery to lead the Broncos to the AFC’s top seed and earn All-Pro honors. Brees was dealing with the fallout of the Saints’ bounty scandal.
Unlike past rookie quarterbacks who reached the playoffs, Luck and Griffin were anything but caretakers riding a strong defense; both were vibrant leaders turning around franchises. And Wilson advanced deeper into the postseason than either of them.
Kaepernick is for the moment the best story of them all. The 2011 second-round draft pick opened the season as a backup to Alex Smith, who led the 49ers to the NFC championship game last year. Kaepernick played so well after Smith was injured that coach Jim Harbaugh took the gamble to stick with him — just as Belichick did with Brady 11 years earlier.
Now Brady is the grizzled veteran, though fans won’t get that expected matchup with his longtime rival, Manning, after Baltimore stunned Denver.
‘‘They’re not going to last forever,’’ Young said of the old guard, ‘‘but you've got a feeling that there’s some guys around that we’re in pretty good shape in the next generation. Right now, as we speak, there’s compelling stories all over the playoffs at the quarterback spot, which is kind of fun.’’
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