Five plays into Super Bowl 48, Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson fired a dart to Jermaine Kearse on a slant pattern. Gained 12 yards on 3rd-and-9.
Two plays later, Wilson faked a handoff and scooted around left end for five yards.
Two rather insignificant plays. But two plays that told the Broncos it was going to be a very long night in the Meadowlands.
Seattle waxed Denver 43-8 in a game that did more than proclaim the Seahawks the world's greatest defense. The game also ushered in a different kind of championship quarterback.
Welcome to the new-world NFL.
Wilson is 5-foot-11, shifty and cunning. When chased by behemoth pass rushers, Wilson is like a New York pickpocket. He knows where to escape through all the alleys and side doors.
After a run of Super Bowls won by Joe Flacco, the brothers Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady, a new tag is placed on Super Bowl contenders.
Pocket passers not required.
And if that's true of the stodgy NFL, how much more true is it of college football?
The Sooners, for example, who since Bob Stoops' arrival relied on a prostyle quarterback. Strong of arm, smart of mind, feet sometimes encased in cement.
Not that there's anything wrong with that. The Sooners won a lot of trophies with the likes of Josh Heupel, Jason White, Sam Bradford and Landry Jones.
But the awakening of Trevor Knight in the Sugar Bowl, a run-around quarterback who still can throw (just ask Alabama), offers great promise for the future of the OU offense.
It's not the only way to win. Wilson is the first nimble-footed QB to win a Super Bowl since who? Rich Gannon 11 years ago?
Jameis Winston and AJ McCarron have combined to win the last three Big Bowls.
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