One of the biggest games this weekend will be the Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets. The game will feature two of the best quarterbacks of all time: Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson.
Who is better? That is the question. Manning is arguably the GOAT, or greatest of all time, while Wilson is a rising star in the NFL. The two quarterbacks have something else in common. They are both from North Carolina, and they both have an unusual way of saying hello. Their distinctive yells have become a sort of trademark for them, and many people can identify them based on that alone. The question is: can you?
A four-time MVP, an NFL record-tying touchdown passes and four Super Bowl titles are just some of the highlights of Peyton Manning’s extraordinary career. The only quarterback in NFL history to win the award four times, Manning has also made ten Pro Bowls and has been selected to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 2010s.
Manning is the greatest quarterback of all time, and he makes his case with a stat: he has a 96.6 career passer rating, which ranks him first all time. He also holds the record for most career touchdown passes (553). He doesn’t get enough credit for his leadership skills either, as he has been named to seven All-Star games and won four Super Bowls as a member of the Denver Broncos.
Like most other professional sports leagues, the National Football League expands its reach beyond its borders. Teams now exist in London, Paris, and Toronto, with more cities joining the league each and every year. The latest expansion team was the Seattle Seahawks, who played their first game in 2011. They are one of the most popular teams in the NFL, with more than 850,000 people packing the stadium each and every home game.
The son of a teacher and a dentist, Russell Wilson was a highly-recruited high school quarterback who played for his father at North Carolina Central University. Wilson’s father taught him the value of hard work, which he put to the test as a freshman at UNC. In 2012, he became the third-string quarterback at North Carolina, behind Colin Kaepernick and Drew Barker. He finally got the starting job in 2015, and he hasn’t looked back. In his first season as a starter, Wilson led the Carolina Panthers to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. He then went on to lead the team to a 10-win season and became a regular part of the NFL’s elite.
If you remember the 2016 election, then you know there is another player involved in this weekend’s Super Bowl. The candidates’ distinctive yells have become a rallying cry for many of their supporters, and the two QBs’ vocal differences have helped them define their campaign. But beyond that, fans may know these two from their on-field performances alone.
Peyton Manning is known for his signal call ‘The Power’, which he gives to open up scoring in his comeback against the Atlanta Falcons in 2014:
The distinctive yelp of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is now widely known and has inspired a meme:
Super Bowl XLVII Champion
It’s hard to believe that it has already been two years since the Seattle Seahawks beat the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLVII. The 2017 NFL season was one of the most dominant in history, with the AFC and NFC each winning 13 games and combining for 43 total wins. The 12-4 Seahawks were the first team to qualify for the playoffs as a wild card since 2008, and they eventually made it all the way to the Super Bowl.
With the championship on the line, the Seahawks got their hands on the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the first time. They also got to honor their late owner, Paul Allen, who died a few months earlier. It was a touching moment, and many of his fans were in tears.
The Super Bowl victory was just one of the most memorable chapters in the history of the franchise, and it is a story that has not been told often enough. The next step for the Seahawks was to return to the White House and meet President Trump, who had given them their fair share of controversy during the campaign. He had said that he would invite them, but Vice President Pence reportedly had to step in and broker the meeting. Trump even tweeted that the players were “not that good” and had “low energy” during one of their games. That didn’t slow down the Seattle crowd, who gave them a standing ovation as they entered the locker room after the game. It must have felt good to finally come full circle after all that negativity, but the work is not yet done. They have one of the more difficult task forces in the NFL ahead of them: the New York Jets.
Difference in Personality
There is another interesting personality trait that these two quarterbacks share. According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), personality types are based on four main categories:
- Extroversion (E) vs. Introversion (I): Do you enjoy spending time with people or prefer to be left alone?
- Sensing (S) vs. Intuition (N): Do you rely on your senses (i.e. sight, hearing, touch) or do you prefer to rely on your instincts?
- Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F): Do you prefer to analyze situations or just go with your first impulse?
- Judgment (J) vs. Perception (P): Do you prefer to analyze the past or project into the future?
Manning is an ESFJ, or extraverted, sensing, feeling, judgemental type, who naturally enjoys spending time with people. Wilson is an ISTJ, or introverted, sensing, thinking, judgmental type, who prefers to be alone until he knows and trusts the people he is spending time with. As you can see from these types, they have completely different leadership styles. Manning is a people person, while Wilson is more of a behind-the-scenes organizer. This can also be seen in how they handle criticism. While Manning is likely to tune out anything negative, Wilson is likely to welcome criticism as a constructive tool that can help him improve.
Two Elite Quarterbacks
This week’s Super Bowl is shaping up to be one for the history books. Two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time will be taking the field, and it will be the first time that the matchup between the two has happened since 2008.
If history is any indicator, this game is going to end in a tie. Four of the last five Super Bowls have ended in a tie, and the NFL would love to see another one this year. That would mean eight total ties, which is the most in Super Bowl history. However, it also means that the odds of winning are the same for both teams.
One major difference between these two is experience. While Manning has been playing professionally for more than a decade, Wilson is still relatively new to the game. Also, Wilson has had to overcome more criticism than most quarterbacks due to his unusual name. Since he was born and raised in Seattle, many fans and media members have dubbed him ‘Savior’ due to his stellar play for the Seahawks. Many people, including celebrities, have taken to Twitter to voice their support for the rookie quarterback, with many touting his potential to be the best ever.