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Bradshaw rates best young quarterbacks

by Mel Bracht Published: September 24, 2008

Who’s the best NFL quarterback under age 30?

Co-host Terry Bradshaw gave his picks last week on the “Fox NFL Sunday” preview show.

Analyst Jimmy Johnson gave his take on Bradshaw’s list: “Drew Brees should be on there and Jay Cutler should be No. 1. He’s the best in the league. He will win.”

As a Dallas Cowboys’ fan, I’m probably biased, but I’d have to rate Tony Romo No. 1. Fox analyst Michael Strahan also was high on Romo. “If you want to say ‘will win,’ it’s Tony Romo. Romo is the best quarterback during the regular season. So if you want to say ‘will win,’ Romo is the one you want.”

No. 1 Ben Roethlisberger (Age 26): “Like Eli, Ben can keep the gameplan going no matter what happens. He can make all of the throws and keeps every play alive. Right now he is playing hurt and it’s no big deal. His record is 41-16, has won five of his seven playoff games and won a ring. At one month shy of 24, Ben became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. He’s my No. 1 and he just so happens to play in my No. 1 town.”

No. 2 Eli Manning (27): “The last three guys are all Riverboat Gamblers, but Eli loves to stay within the design of the offense. In crunch time he has a special rapport with Plaxico Burress. This time last year, Eli would not have made my list but as I’ve said, winning is what counts and Eli won when it counted. And then when it really counted, he performed in stunning fashion.”

No. 3 Tony Romo (28): “This Dallas star is the most electric of the bunch. Romo runs one of the most loaded offenses and the ‘Boys play hard for him. What I love is that nothing seems to faze him. He messes up, no big deal. He’ll come right back with a TD to T.O. He still needs to be the man in the big game, but for 16 games, no one is better.”

No. 4 Philip Rivers (26): “I’ve loved this kid for a while. I watched him back at North Carolina

State when he started all four years. He has that funky delivery but he can make all of the throws. He took his team to the AFC Championship last year and I think he’ll bring the Chargers back from their rocky start.”

No. 5 Jay Cutler (25): “This kid is showing me something. I love his physical skills and that arm. Playing last season while not knowing he had diabetes and losing all of that weight, well that’s impressive. Cutler could be No.1 in a couple of years.”

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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