Commentary on Politics, Society and Sports

Football’s Top 25 Quarterbacks of All-Time

In Sports on December 10, 2011 at 12:00 am

UPDATE- Originally published December 31, 2009. 

* Active players in italics

1. Joe Montana- Joe Cool was an 8-time Pro Bowl selection, led the NFC in passer five times, and won two NFL MVP honors. He is the greatest quarterback ever, though, because he combined the regular season brilliance of Manning (#2) or Marino (#4) with the postseason excellence of Brady (#3) or Bradshaw (#20). Montana captured four Super Bowl titles (winning MVP in three of them) and propelled his teams to 31 fourth quarter come-from-behind victories over his illustrious career. He compiled 11 touchdown passes with no interceptions and a 127.8 passer rating in the four Super Bowl appearances—that is the definition of clutch. Montana finished with a 117-47 record as a starter, a 92.3 passer rating, and 273 touchdown passes.

2. Peyton Manning– The Colts signal caller is in position to retire as the greatest of all-time, and it is very difficult to place him below anyone. Manning has thrown for 4,000 yards in eleven of his thirteen seasons; he is a 11-time Pro Bowler and is the only player to win four NFL MVP awards. His 121.1 passer rating in 2004 is the highest in history. Manning has tossed at least 25 touchdown passes in every year of his career, and he is 3rd all-time in completions, touchdown passes and passing yards, and 6th in passer rating. In the 2006 AFC Championship Game, the Colts trailed the New England Patriots 34-30 with 2:17 left in the final quarter. Manning drove his team 80 yards in one minute to win the game. He would capture his first title two weeks later in Super Bowl XLI.

3. Tom Brady– The Montana of his generation, Brady won three Super Bowls by the age of 27. He is a two-time Super Bowl MVP (XXXVI and XXXVIII) and he holds the record for the most touchdown passes in a single season (50 in 2007). A sixth round draft pick, Brady once quarterbacked the Patriots to 21 consecutive regular season wins over two seasons and has led the AFC in passing yards twice and touchdown passes three times. He has a career passer rating of 96.1 (3rd all-time) and retains one of highest winning percentages for a starting quarterback in history. In the playoffs, Brady has thrown 38 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, winning 16 of his 22 starts.


What AU Means to Me

In Uncategorized on December 2, 2010 at 2:43 am

The following article appeared in print on December 7 in The Eagle.

This will be my final column as an opinion writer for The Eagle. In this space, I’ve argued for drug liberalization, urban renewal projects, and a greater focus on our long-term fiscal health. I discussed the importance of living within one’s means, lamented our dysfunctional political system, and criticized our incoherent foreign policy.

What I never wrote much about was American University, and for that, I’m sorry. I know that I wasn’t your first, second, or even third destination when you wanted to read a view of the political scene. I also apologize to those who were looking for more partisanship and found my writing muddled in the middle. Actually, I take that back. I can’t stand fringe politics, Left or Right. Ideological polarization is tearing this country apart. Regardless, if you ever stumbled across my column, I do hope that you found my thoughts insightful, temperate, and, above all, reasonable.

However, I want to devote my parting words not to opinion or policy, but to everyone and everything that made American University special during my years here. When I submit my senior thesis next week, I will conclude a journey that began in August 2007. Less than three and a half years later, I can proudly say that I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.

So here’s to you, AU:

To the Letts third floor of 2007-2008, where I spent countless nights in the south side lounge and started friendships that will last a lifetime.

To Letts’ sixth floor sky lounge, where residents know not to enter if the lights are off and the two couches are pushed together. Trust me, stay away.

To Centennial Hall, where sophomores go to pretend that they are moving up in the world and where I fell in love.

To the four knuckleheads that I chose as roommates for the last few years, thanks for all the nonsense and the endless laughter.

To TDR, where I’m an endangered species: a senior in a sea of freshmen and sophomores. To the most underrated cafeteria on campus, thank you for feeding me.

Our Band-Aid Foreign Policy

In Policy, Politics on October 17, 2010 at 2:49 am

President Kennedy speaks at the 1963 American University commencement ceremony. Courtesy of American University

Forty-eight years ago this month, President John F. Kennedy learned of the presence of Soviet missile bases in Cuba. The crisis that ensued in the final days of October 1962 brought the Cold War’s combatants to the edge of the nuclear abyss. Only after painstaking negotiations and the removal of American missiles from Italy and Turkey did the frightening prospects of nuclear war recede.

Today, Reeves Field is best known as the home of American University’s soccer and track programs. Somewhere between the white lines, however, rests an enduring memory, one often forgotten in the dominant stories of our nation’s diplomatic history. On June 10, 1963, President Kennedy delivered the commencement address on the grounds of Reeves Field. Coming less than eight months after the Cuban missile crisis, the speech, “A Strategy of Peace,” served as the president’s public introduction of the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty.

Most consider Kennedy’s speech extraordinary because it extended a friendly hand to the Soviet Union at the height of the era’s global tensions. I find it courageous because of what it represented—a president presenting their foreign policy with a long-term focus in mind. Kennedy recognized the absurdity of spending billions of dollars each year on warheads we prayed we’d never have to use. He worried that peace was not being given a fair chance, believing that war was framed as the inevitable conclusion of mankind’s struggles on Earth. “Our problems are manmade,” Kennedy proclaimed, “…and man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.”