Many times I have heard the statement, “There’s no such thing as a born leader.” Technically, this is true. Otherwise, there would be an article in some paper saying, “Yesterday, a leader was born to Mr & Mrs.——.” Leaders are people who climb the proverbial ladder of success and don’t give up until they get where they want to go. Unless it’s inherited success, the entire ordeal takes quite a bit of time, often measured in decades.
For football players, once they get to the top, they have to compete with others in their field, or, rather, on the field. The ultimate goal in football is the National Football League and, if the majority of people in the world were polled as to who the leader of an NFL team is, the answer would most likely be the quarterback. People love arguing about sports. Therefore, if the leader of the team is the quarterback, the majority of those disagreements are going to be about the QBs.
Many fans will claim that quarterback is the toughest position of any in any sport. Especially during football season. Then it’s the point guard (but that’s a blog for another time). In any discussion where there’s no true way of measuring what’s right, it’s impossible to have a “winner.” Case in point: I asked a friend of mine who played Division I football and coached on the college level to give me the three best quarterbacks in the NFL. After some thought, his reply was, “Aaron Rodgers and the two Mannings.” When I said, “Not Tom Brady or Drew Brees?” he smiled and thought about changing his answer until I brought up how many other regional fans would put on their list: Ben Roethlisberger, Phillip Rivers, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, Joe Flacco, Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Sam Bradford, Alex Smith, Mark Sanchez, Tony Romo, and probably others. After last week, maybe not Sanchez or Romo but a good performance - and a win - next week and they make their way back into the discussion.
These guys are the best of the best at their position. Are they successes? Everyone who’s chasing success because they want to be happy ought to heed the advice of Albert Schweitzer:
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you’re doing, you will be successful.”