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Zach Leibowitz
Sideline Reporter

Zach Leibowitz

A former sideline reporter for ESPN

Peyton's Body of Work


If you were the AFC and had to pick your starting QB for the Pro Bowl, who would you select? I'll give you three choices.

QB # 1: 3,515 yards passing, 28 TD, 11 INT with a 101.4 QB rating.

QB # 2: 3,543 yards passing, 23 TD, 12 INT with a 90.3 QB rating.

QB # 3: 3,052 yards passing, 21 TD, 17 INT with an 86.5 QB rating.

Ok, the choice is yours.

At first glance, you would probably eliminate QB # 3. So let's hereby declare that Brett Favre should not be the starting AFC QB in the Pro Bowl.

Now let's look at the other two contenders. Well, going on head-to-head statistics, you would probably lean towards QB # 1. He's got more TD's thrown and a higher passing rating.

Now let's throw in some other fun little football nuggets. QB #1's team is 6-8 this season and will miss the playoffs. They will go the entire season without having ever been over the .500 mark.

QB #2's team is 10-4 and on a seven-game winning streak. He will be leading his team to its seventh straight playoff appearance -- one of which resulted in a Super Bowl title.

Ok, now which QB would you deem worthy of starting the Pro Bowl?

Unlike all other major sports, the NFL's all-star game comes after the season ends. That offers a chance to look at a player's complete body of work for that year. It enables a player to be evaluated less on just statistics, and more on what those numbers have meant for his team.

I'm sure QB # 1 would trade his statistics with QB # 2 if it meant they could also switch team records heading into Week 16.

The decision to start QB # 2 in the Pro Bowl is the right one. He deserves it given his performance and his team's performance in this season alone.

That's the ultimate reason why QB # 2 is starting the Pro Bowl and Philip Rivers is not.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  December 17, 2008; 9:38 AM ET  | Category:  Indianapolis Colts , Peyton Manning , Zach Leibowitz Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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