Legacies at Stake for Both Seahawks, Patriots

© Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports
© Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports

This isn’t about deflation anymore. It’s about elevation – the Super Bowl XLIX legacies that four prominent participants and one vaunted defensive unit can cement when the New England Patriots meet the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks tonight.

Consider what’s at stake for:

Russell Wilson

The winningest quarterback through his first three seasons, Wilson at 26 years, 64 days could become the youngest quarterback ever to win two Super Bowl titles if the Seahawks complete their repeat quest. Tom Brady was the previous youngest. And Wilson would also be the only quarterback to win two titles in his first three seasons. The 5-11, 206 Wilson has a different brand of magic than Brady with his uncanny accuracy either from the pocket or on the move and his ability to exploit over-aggressive pass rushers with big runs.

Tom Brady

At 37, Brady appears to be at the peak of his powers with no sign he’s lost his edge. If he wins a fourth Super Bowl, he’ll do more than join a special fraternity that counts only his boyhood idol, San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana and Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw. Brady was reflective the other day about how much more appreciative he is now of the difficult challenge of winning a fourth Super Bowl after he racked up three in his first four seasons. If he leads his Patriots to another title, Brady could cement his legacy as the greatest quarterback ever by becoming the first quarterback to earn a Super Bowl ring after a 10-year drought.

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Source: USA Today Sports

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