By Manzer Munir for Pakistanis for Peace
I have to admit, I have already become a fan of him but if he wins today, I will have to go and buy me a #6 Mark Sanchez NY Jets NFL jersey if my boy Mark of the NY Jets goes and wins again today, and this time at the home of the Steelers late in the playoffs!
In what would become an unprecedented three consecutive weeks of facing and defeating past Super bowl winning quarterbacks, Sanchez has a chance to make special history.
He could be on his way to his 1st Super bowl appearance since coming into the league just a mere 2 years ago and in choronological order would have defeated: Peyton Manning with his 1 ring, Tom Brady and his 3 and now Ben Roethlisberger, who has 2 and is himself looking for his third?!!
If he does this, he will have become the first NFL quarterback to win a Superbowl after winning three consecutive victories over previous champs on his way a Super bowl appearance against either the Chicago Bears or the Green Bear Packers.
Having just come into the league from USC just 2 years ago, this would be quite a feat and especially considering all the competition he is defeating along the way! It would certainly put Mark Sanzhez in some rare company.
There was never a doubt that this guy was an amazing pick for the Jets by their front office when they drafted him with their first pick in the 2009 draft. Surprisingly he was not even the 1st quarterback picked in that year’s draft. No, that honor belongs to the starting QB of the Detroit Lions, a Mr. Matthew Staddford out of Georgia who was picked first overall by the Lions in that year’s draft.
It seems that even then, people weren’t giving Mark much credit! Despite having just won the Rose Bowl earlier that year in 2oo9, he was coming off being named the 2009 Rose Bowl Offensive MVP also.
The following turn of events according to Wikipedia after the Rose Bown are in quotes: “After the Rose Bowl, Sanchez said it would be “hard” to leave USC for the NFL and “probably couldn’t do it; He also mentioned that the New York Jets were a possible to team to sign with. Though he would have entered his redshirt senior year if he had stayed. However, with the subsequent announcement that other NFL-caliber quarterbacks, such as Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy, had decided to stay in school for their junior and senior seasons respectively, rumors arose that Sanchez would use the opportunity to be one of the first two quarterbacks selected in the 2009 NFL Draft.
In January 15 of 2009, Sanchez announced his plans to forgo his final year of college eligibility and enter the 2009 NFL Drat, although he continued as a USC student and finished his degree in the Spring of 2009 while preparing for the draft. During the press conference, Carroll made it clear that he did not agree with Sanchez’ decision, and that he advised him of the low success-rate of quarterbacks who left the college game early to enter the NFL, and suggested he attend graduate school to use his final year of collegiate eligibility. Despite the public disagreement, the two remained close afterward. Sanchez was the first USC quarterback to turn pro before exhausting his eligibility since Todd Marinovich did so after the 1990 season.”
And since coming out a couple years ago after that fateful decision at the end of his junior year in college, Sanchez has proved and continues to prove himself to his doubters. I was a fan of his casually during his college days, but I am certainly an official convert and praying today at the “Altar of Sanchez” and hoping that his day has indeed arrived!
Already with his last win in New England, Sanchez tied the legendary Kansas City Chief Len Dawson, Hall of Famer Roger Staubach, and good QB’s in Jake Delhomme, and Joe Flacco for most post-season road victories by a quarterback in NFL history.
And so I want to wish Good luck to the boys in green today against the Steelers and their terrible yellow towels and I hope they fight like they are mad at no one giving them any credit or respect despite all that they have already done all season as Bart Scott stated in that now, classic ESPN post game on the field interview following the victory over Brady and the Patriots!
As for me, I know that I will be chanting “J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!” all game long~
Longtime KC Chiefs fan, Manzer Munir is a proud Pakistani American and peace activist, is a Sufi Muslim who is also the founder of Pakistanis for Peace and blogs at www.PakistanisforPeace.com and at other websites such as www.DigitalJournal.com, www.Allvoices.com, www.Examiner.com and www.open.salon.com as a freelance journalist and writer. He asks that you like the Official Facebook Page of Pakistanis for Peace to get the latest articles as they publish here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Pakistanis-for-Peace/141071882613054