Super Bowl Betting: Handicapping the Quarterbacks
by Trevor Whenham - 01/23/2009
It may not be what ultimately determines the outcome of the Super Bowl this year, but the comparison between the two quarterbacks in the game is compelling stuff. Kurt Warner and Ben Roethlisberger are different guys with very different playing styles, but they both have a ring in their pocket, and they will only likely get another if they have a big game. You probably already have one of the two quarterbacks that you prefer over the other, but if you don't, or if you aren't certain, then maybe this comparison will help. If not, then at least you'll know more about either guy than you ever wanted to:
Height: 6'5". If height matters then Big Ben has the clear edge.
Weight: 241 lbs. At least that's his reported weight. I'm not sure I believe it - they don't call him Big Ben for nothing.
Middle name: Todd.
Home town: Lima, Ohio. Population 40,081.
Married?: No. He's been linked to several women through the years. Currently, he is attached to actress Missy Peregrym, star of the lousy gymnastics movie Stick It, which featured the slumming Jeff Bridges.
Children: None that we know about.
College: Miami of Ohio. The RedHawks are in the Mid-American Conference. The school's biggest claim to fame is that they produce a lot of coaches - guys like Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, Ara Parseghian, Paul Brown, and Weeb Ewbank all have ties to the program as either players or coaches.
Number of years as starter: Roethlisberger started as a redshirt freshman, and played three years before going pro.
NFL Draft: He was the 11th choice in the first round in 2004
Number of pro teams: Just the Steelers.
NFL awards won: Rookie of the year in 2004, Pro Bowl selection in 2007
Most impressive NFL record: longest regular season win streak to start a career - 15 games. Roethlisberger and Warner also share a record along with Peyton Manning. The three are the only quarterbacks to have ever recorded perfect passer ratings in three games.
Regular season career record: 51-22. That's a .698 record.
Career passing yards: 14,974.
Career touchdowns: 101
Career Interceptions: 85
Career TD/Int ratio: 1.19
Career yards per attempt: 7.86
Playoff career record: 7-2
Super Bowl performance: As lousy as it can be in a win. He was just 9-of-21 for 123 yards with two interceptions. His rating of 22.6 was the worst ever by a winning Super Bowl QB.
Age: 37. Warner was with the Packers before Roethlisberger was in junior high.
Weight: 220 lbs
Middle name: Eugene. Clear win for Roethlisberger here.
Home town: Burlington, Iowa. Population 26,839.
Married?: Yes, since 1997 to Brenda.
Children: He has five of his own, and he adopted two of Brenda's as well.
College: Northern Iowa. Home of the Panthers of the Missouri Valley Conference. They are one of only two schools ever to have both an Offensive and Defensive MVP in the NFL. Bryce Paup, 1995 Defensive MVP with the Packers, is an alum.
Number of years as starter: Warner didn't make the top of the depth chart until he was a senior. He made the most of his one year, though, winning the conference's offensive player of the year award.
NFL Draft: Undrafted in 1994.
Number of pro teams: It's getting tough to count. He was on the Packers' practice squad briefly before his well-known stint at the grocery store as a stock boy. He was with the Iowa Barnstormers in the AFL, and the Amsterdam Admirals in NFL Europe. Then comes the parts we know - the Rams, Giants and the Cardinals.
NFL awards won: MVP in 1999 and 2001, Super Bowl MVP in Super Bowl XXXIV, four Pro Bowl selections
Most impressive NFL record: He has the highest average passing yards per game in a career, with 261.2.
Regular season career record: 60-45. That's a .571 winning tilt. Roethlisberger has a better percentage, but both have made the playoffs four times.
Career passing yards: 28,591. That's 5.41 miles.
Career touchdowns: 182
Career Interceptions: 85. That's the same number as Roethlisberger, though in far fewer attempts.
Career TD/Int ratio: 2.14
Career yards per attempt: 8.04
Playoff career record: 8-2
Super Bowl performance: Warner practically owns the Super Bowl. In his first appearance he became one of only six players to have ever won the MVP and Super Bowl MVP in the same year when he set a passing record with 414 yards and two touchdowns. He set anther record by attempting 45 passes without an interception. In his second appearance he had 365 passing yards, the second best ever.