The Sheriff vs. Superman

The Sheriff vs. Superman

- January 27, 2016

I remember the feeling of watching a young Peyton Manning break into the league as the most hyped #1 draft pick ever to be taken. If there ever was a sure thing, he was it - he was Lebron before Lebron.

Watching Manning in his prime was like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel. We were watching a true artist - arguably the most-accurate quarterback to ever sling a football. I was not a Colts fan at all, but I idolized everything about him. I loved the poise with which he played, the incredible intellect with which he spoke and carried himself. He could literally place the football wherever he wanted it within a 30-50 yard range. It was incredible to watch.However, idols such as Manning are now outdated. Kids today do not want the soft-spoken, private-lived athletes who do their jobs and quietly celebrate to themselves. Kids today need something more. Whether it’s the Kobe/Lebron effect, the Twitter effect, or whatever else you want to call it, for an athlete to truly be loved and idolized by the masses of the youth today, they need some flash. That is not necessarily a bad thing at all; it is just the difference in generations what the children of today want from their athletes.However, idols such as Manning are now outdated. Kids today do not want the soft-spoken, private-lived athletes who do their jobs and quietly celebrate to themselves. Kids today need something more. Whether it’s the Kobe/Lebron effect, the Twitter effect, or whatever else you want to call it, for an athlete to truly be loved and idolized by the masses of the youth today, they need some flash. That is not necessarily a bad thing at all; it is just the difference in generations what the children of today want from their athletes.

However, idols such as Manning are now outdated. Kids today do not want the soft-spoken, private-lived athletes who do their jobs and quietly celebrate to themselves. Kids today need something more. Whether it’s the Kobe/Lebron effect, the Twitter effect, or whatever else you want to call it, for an athlete to truly be loved and idolized by the masses of the youth today, they need some flash. That is not necessarily a bad thing at all; it is just the difference in generations what the children of today want from their athletes.So as Manning, Brady, and other quarterbacks of that similar mantra began the twilight of their careers; the NFL needed something to give them a spark – and to resonate with young fans. These young fans like a little pizazz to go along with stellar athleticism. They want celebrations, tweets, and constant interaction with their idols. They don’t want players who score incredible touchdowns and casually jog to the sidelines to review defensive alignments; they want their players who celebrate those plays with enthusiasm. They want Cam Newton.

So as Manning, Brady, and other quarterbacks of that similar mantra began the twilight of their careers; the NFL needed something to give them a spark – and to resonate with young fans. These young fans like a little pizazz to go along with stellar athleticism. They want celebrations, tweets, and constant interaction with their idols. They don’t want players who score incredible touchdowns and casually jog to the sidelines to review defensive alignments; they want their players who celebrate those plays with enthusiasm. They want Cam Newton.

Cam is great. He’s an incredible talent and an amazing person as well. He plays the game with the passion of a child – reminiscent of Brett Favre in his younger days. He’s also everything Manning is not. He’s known by his first name instead of his last, he shows up to post-game interviews looking more like a GQ model than an embarrassing Dad, and he wears his heart on his sleeve. 

He’s known by his first name instead of his last, he shows up to post-game interviews looking more like a GQ model than an embarrassing Dad, and he wears his heart on his sleeve. 

Super Bowl 50 will be an incredible matchup of new vs. old - The Sheriff’s last gunfight and Superman’s first real test. Either way the game ends, the NFL is in a great spot thanks to these two idols of different eras. Once upon a time, Manning transformed the quarterback position and built a following of loyal fans, and now Cam looks to do the same.

Brodey Sheppard

Brodey Sheppard

Brodey Sheppard’s interest in keeping up with the ‘bleeding edge’ of technology has kept him working in the digital marketing industry for over six years. Aside from searching for opportunities to increase his online marketing knowledge, Sam also scours the Internet for useful bonuses and coupon codes that he can use to fuel his love for photography. During his free time, he watches professional photo retouching tutorials in between streaming his favourite TV shows. Fun fact: Sam has never met a cupcake he didn't like.

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