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I think up until about 10 years ago it would have been Joe Willie. Everybody knew who Broadway Joe was. The youngest generation of High School athletes probably isn't as familiar with him as the three or four that preceded them, but he was the original "football brand" player. His name was a brand. He was the first player to sign a giant offer sheet and get a huge signing bonus. His exploits from ads to his personal life were the stuff of legend.
I'd say right now, Tebow or Peyton. This generation has grown to love Peyton (I don't. I can't stand him.) But he's sort of the iconic QB of the past 15 years.
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It all comes down to what standard you are putting on it...Is it legacy based on awards? wins? championships? or publicity and street recognition?
As far as publicity, today's media and online sensation has taken everything through the roof.
Taking all qualifications into consideration (in no order): A. Manning, Namath, Wuerffel, P. Manning, Tebow, Newton, McCarron, Manziel
To anyone that has not seen the documentary on Joe Willie, I highly recommend it. problem is i can't remember the name of it or where I saw it. maybe someone can chime in.
HBO Sports did a documentary on him. Probably what you're talking about. And yes, it was fantastic. I think it was just called "Namath."
If he hadn't gotten hurt he'd have gone down as one of the greatest dual-threat QBs of all time. The original Tebow, only with a much better arm.
Tebow and its not even close.
Peyton, Broadway joe
Joe Willie Namath, Beaver Falls, PA. Not even close in my 55 years of watching Bama Football...
Hands down! Brian Burgdorf
Absolutely tebow. I hated watching UF games when he was there because of the announcers. Especially CBS. Gary Danielson would've walked a mile on broken glass on his knees for a chance to smell tebow's jock. He had the biggest man crush of all time on tebow
Never Gets Old
This. They're still making documentaries about him nearly fifty years later. He was the John, Paul, George, and Ringo of the sports world back then. Tebow hasn't even made a nationally televised commercial. Namath was such a celebrity that they put him in a Hanes panty hose commercial and a movie with Ann Margret, who was maybe the biggest female sex symbol of the day.
Tebow will be the most celebrated pizza delivery amn of all time
Of the UF guys, and I've followed that program for years, I think Wuerffel gets the nod.
-4 SEC titles
-1 NC runner-up
-2 wins vs. FSU in its heyday
-4-0 vs. Georgia
-4-0 vs. LSU
-Unbeaten vs. Tennessee/Manning
-Top 3 in 1995 Heisman Tropphy
-Every bit as tough as Tebow, if not tougher. Remember, Spurrier used 5 OLs back then, and a lot of 4 WRs. That meant Wuerffel didn't get the max-protect all these SEC QBs get today.
-Left as all-time SEC leader in passing and TDs.
People think system, but how many of his WRs became stars in the NFL? Chris Doering? Reidel Anthony? Ike Hillard? Hillard was a good NFL player, but not a star. Also, how many of Spurrier's QBs have ever been as good? Grossman had 1 awesome year.
I'd put Danny No. 1 among UF guys.
All-time in the SEC?
Lot of good ones. Think you could probably make a case for 3 or 4 guys.
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Should Fran Tarkenton be in the discussion?
Most legendary before internet age, Namath; before television age, Dixie Howell.
Thomas Darrah. Discussion closed.
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