Updated: January 28, 2016




By Tony McClean, Editor-In-Chief Emeritus




EDITOR’S NOTE: With Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California approaching, we here at BASN will be commemorating the upcoming event with our own special flavor. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be bringing you little tidbits and other insights about Carolina’s dynamic field general Cam Newton leading up to his team’s showdown with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on February 7th.



Today: Cam and the history of SEC quarterbacks in the Super Bowl.



NEW HAVEN, CT (BASN) — When Cam Newton and Peyton Manning meet each other in Santa Clara on February 7th, it will be the the third time in Super Bowl history that two former quarterbacks from the SEC will meet for football’s ultimate prize.



We’re not trying to turn this into an SEC infomercial, however you have to admit that several SEC signal callers have had a major hand in molding the history of Super Sunday. The talented Mr. Newton is just the latest join that fraternity.



Let’s take a peek at some of the others who’ve left their mark after leaving the SEC.



Bart Starr, Alabama (Super Bowls I and II)



The first two-time MVP, the Hall of Famer may have been one of the most underrated quarterbacks in league history despite his team’s overall success. In both games, Starr’s numbers were modest enough (250 passing yards, 2 TDs vs. Chiefs; 202 yards, TD vs. Raiders), but not very flashy. But in many ways, that’s the kind of player he was. A little bit more than a game manager, but not someone that could be rattled or get rattled – and he called his own plays.



Joe Namath, Alabama (Super Bowl III)



While running back Matt Snell probably should have been the real MVP of this game, the “guarantee” and the AFL finally breaking through is what this game is remembered for. The reputation of the upstart league was on the line when this game commenced in Miami. There was talk of ending the game if the Jets had lost to the heavily favored Baltimore Colts. When the Jets pulled off the upset, it helped lead to the merger between the AFL and NFL.



Fran Tarkenton, Georgia (Super Bowls VII, IX, and XI)



The former Bulldog was one of the game’s most decorated quarterbacks when his career ended. However, he always seemed to be on the wrong side of history during his three attempts at a Super Bowl crown. In his first attempt, he ran dead smack into the Miami Dolphins’ dynasty. A year later, it was the emergence of the Steel Curtain in Pittsburgh. Finally two years later, the Oakland Raiders first Super Bowl win came at the expense of Scramblin’ Fran.



Kenny Stabler, Alabama (Super Bowl XI)



In his only appearance in Super Sunday, the “Snake” made it count. Becoming the first lefty to win, Stabler had a rather pedestrian day (12-of-19, 180 yards, TD) en route to the championship. Behind the running of Clarence Davis (137 yards), MVP Fred Biletnikoff, and “Ol’ Man Willie” Brown’s late interception, Oakland had their way with the aforementioned Vikings 32-14.



David Woodley, LSU (Super Bowl XVII)



While Woodley was the starter for Dan Shula’s bunch that day, he spent most of that strike-shortened season in a platoon with longtime backup Don Strock. “Woodstrock” as it was known, got the Dolphins to a Super Bowl. But the “Killer B’s” could deal with Washington’s “Fun Bunch” and the “Diesel” known as John Riggins.



Rex Grossman, Florida (Super Bowl XLI)



Lovie Smith’s greatest miracle of his coaching career may have been having the former Gator be his quarterback that season. Playing in a constant rain, the Bears fell to Tony Dungy’s Colts in game that saw two black head coaches meet in a Super Bowl for the first time.




Peyton Manning, Tennessee (Super Bowls XLI, XLIV, and XLVIII)



Yes, Peyton has reached the big game three times. We already talked about the aforementioned win against the Bears and Sexy Rexy. However, it’s his last two trips that have left a lot to be desired. Against the upstart Saints, a late interception would doom the Colts and just two years ago, he and the Broncos got ambushed by Seattle’s “Legion of Boom”. What will happen in Santa Clara? Stay tuned.



Eli Manning, Ole Miss (Super Bowls XLII and XLVI)



Whether you’re a fan of Eli or not, you have to admit that he’s got this whole Super Bowl thing going his way. He probably didn’t deserve to be the MVP when the Giants shocked the world and knocked off the undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. He was much more effective (30-of-40, 296 yards, TD) in their rematch a few years later. I’m sure when they’re playing Donkey Kong, he reminds Peyton of his two rings every chance he gets.





NEXT: Cam Year One.



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