Fran Tarkenton is a big fan of Philip Rivers.
In an article in USA Today written by Josh Peter, the Georgia great and NFL Hall of Fame member gave his opinion on a number of football-related topics before Super Bowl 52. As part of the story, the former Bulldogs quarterback provided a thought-provoking take on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. Many consider Brady the best quarterback the NFL ever has seen, but Tarkenton said Rivers “would have been great” if Rivers would have played for Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
Here’s more from the story:
Brady is “arguably’’ the best quarterback ever, Tarkenton said, but he quickly added that a case could be made for Otto Graham, Sammy Baugh and Y.A. Tittle. He also expressed admiration for Philip Rivers and wondered how the seven-time Pro Bowler with the Los Angeles Chargers would have fared if he had played for Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
“If he had been with Belichick, would he have been as good as Brady?’’ Tarkenton said. “I don’t know, but he would have been great. Philip Rivers is as good a quarterback as this generation has.’’
Certainly, Rivers is talented. Despite those seven Pro Bowl selections, his résumé pales in comparison to Brady’s.
After all, the New England quarterback is a 5-time Super Bowl champion, and many pundits expect him to claim his sixth title when the Patriots face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in Minneapolis. It’s fascinating to consider the what-ifs with Rivers’ career, but it’s impossible to argue that Brady didn’t make the most of his time under Belichick.
Nonetheless, Tarkenton makes you think with his perspective on this topic.