It’s incredible that either Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, or Ben Roethlisberger have played in 12 of the last 13 Super Bowls. Never before in the league’s 50 year history has there been such remarkable consistency of quarterbacks playing for the Lombardi trophy. The one Super Bowl that didn’t follow suite? 2013- Baltimore (Flacco) versus San Francisco (Kaepernick)
There is another string of Hall of Fame quarterbacks that pulled a similar feat, appearing in 10 of 13 Super Bowls from 1982 until 1994. These three quarterbacks would be Joe Montana, John Elway, and Jim Kelly. While falling short of the mark set by Manning, Brady, and Big Ben recently, this group includes Joe Montana whom most consider to be the greatest Super Bowl performer ever (4-0 in Super Bowls). One team that didn’t follow suite during this time period? The legendary 1985-86 Chicago Bears (McMahon).
The scary part about the record Manning, Brady, and Roethlisberger have set is that even if Manning retires after this season, Brady and Big Ben can certainly find their ways back to the Super Bowl in the next few seasons.