Let’s face it: the Super Bowl has always been a matchup of quarterbacks, and this year’s NFL title game has a good pair in Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger.
This year’s game will be aired on Fox, starting with a 2 p.m. pre-game show and 6 p.m. game telecast. The game can be viewed locally on WNYW-5 in New York.
Fox NFL announcers Terry Bradshaw and Jimmy Johnson offered their thoughts on the quarterbacks earlier this week:
Bradshaw on Aaron Rodgers: “You go back to his reaction when he thought he was the starter in Green Bay and then out of retirement came Brett and he handled everything with class and dignity. He had won his football team over without taking a snap on the football field. He’s just a classy guy. He was the perfect person to be behind Brett Favre and take that job over. Absolutely perfect.”
Johnson on Rodgers: “Mike McCarthy has designed an offense that utilizes his skills. Aaron is great in the shotgun with the open set and he’s great with the spread set. He has the ability to scramble and move around; they even run the quarterback draw on occasion. He’s got such a great delivery and he’s so accurate throwing the football.”
Bradshaw on Ben Roethlisberger: “Ben does it with strength. He’s very strong with great presence in the pocket and only moves when he has pressure. Last week against the Jets, he did a spin move that I would show to young quarterbacks and say, ‘you either have this or you don’t.’ It’s basically a feel and great quarterbacks have it. We know about Ben’s off the field problems and that can hurt you with your football team. He seems to have been able to mend that. After he had his suspension, he came back and played rejuvenated and rededicated. He appears to have really straightened himself out. That’s good for him. He’s a superstar in this league and we need our superstars to be held accountable. Hopefully that’s what’s happening with him.”