Scottemojo wrote:On point number two, with all due respect, going to a Super Bowl is not in itself that big an accomplishment. In Seattle it is kind of a big deal, but in most franchises it is not.
With all due respect, I think you are dead wrong here. There are a few teams that are dead set on SB contention every single year, and just an appearance isn't enough. I would say the LARGE majority of fans would be ecstatic to make the SB, not just Seattle.
I agree with the rest of what you have to say.
Let me rephrase: in most franchises, going to a Super Bowl does not define a player's legacy
. Redskin fans don't laud Doug Williams as one of their best quarterbacks, just as Baltimore fans do not celebrate Trent Dilfer's legacy, and Dolphin fans don't wax poetically about the time Marino lost a Super Bowl. Those fans talk about the QBs legacies more in terms of how those guys were the best in the league, or were not the best
. They get to brag about Johnny U, Sammy Baugh and Joe Theisman, or even without the trophy, how awesome Marino clearly was. We have never had a guy who was the best, not even really top 5 in some indisputable way, so we hang on to the reasons they were fan favorites. Like Matt's wit and his one Super Bowl trip or his couple of pro bowls, but not how defenses were freaked out by having to play him, because they really weren't. That is part of why Russell Wilson is so intriguing, he is doing things no Seattle QB has ever done, and doing them as a rookie.
Why people feel the need to protect Matt's legacy is beyond me, but I am not really all that sentimental.