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Super Bowl Win Impacts Legacy of Brady or Palmer

Posted by Javier Morales on 1/17/2016 6:51:00 AM

Carson Palmer and Tom Brady are two of the oldest quarterbacks in the NFL who are one game away from facing each other in Super Bowl 50.

Palmer led the Arizona Cardinals to a victory over Green Bay in the NFC divisional round while Brady captained the Patriots past Kansas City in the AFC playoffs.

Palmer, 36, entered the league as the No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft with a Heisman trophy. He has had a fine NFL career, but the victory over Green Bay is his first career playoff win. Brady, 38, has won four Super Bowls with the Patriots.

The following are reasons why their legacy depends on a Super Bowl 50 victory (check back for the latest odds at the SportsBetting.ag Sportsbook):

Carson Palmer

His best opportunities were taken from him by injuries. He tore his ACL on his first pass of the 2005 wild-card game for Cincinnati against Pittsburgh. Then he re-tore his ACL last year in a win that pushed the Cardinals’ record to 8-1.

Palmer is back healthy and playing as well as ever. He’s 18th on the career passing yardage list with more than 40,000 yards, but his career has been outclassed by many of his contemporaries. He has a black hole in the middle of his career, when he forced his way out of Cincinnati and struggled in Oakland before landing in Arizona.

Kurt Warner, a fringe Hall of Fame candidate and the only QB to take the Cardinals to the Super Bowl, is an interesting comparison. Warner also had two peaks with a big hole in the middle of his career. The difference is that Warner’s first peak with the Rams included two MVPs, two Super Bowl appearances and one title.

Palmer turned 36 last month and is still well behind Warner’s accomplishments, but if he wins a Super Bowl this year, comparisons to players of Warner’s caliber gain merit.

Three games are all that separate Palmer from having a tremendously satisfying career, or being forever looked upon with question marks.

Tom Brady

Right now Brady has four Super Bowl rings, tying him with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for the record. Winning a fifth alone would be unprecedented.

This one would be especially meaningful to Brady and the Patriots after all that’s transpired over the last year. Brady and Patriots fans are sick of hearing about Deflategate. It’s undoubtedly a key part of the 2015 Patriots’ story.

The season began with Brady’s four-game suspension being overturned on appeal. It can end with him holding his record fifth Lombardi Trophy would never be forgotten.

Many people have questioned the Patriots’ tactics over the years, from fans to opponents and rivals to the media. Last year’s Super Bowl added more fuel to the fire for Patriots haters, many of whom reveled in the fact that the team hadn’t won a title since Spygate and then claimed they couldn’t have won without Deflategate.

Brady’s legacy as one of the best quarterbacks is safe. But for him to come right back and win a second straight title, completely free of controversy, in the year of his vindication, despite considerable injuries all season at skill positions and along the offensive line, would be yet another crowning achievement in a career that’s had plenty of them.

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