If Cam Newton & Peyton Manning Were Cars, What Would They Be?
Super Bowl 50 is days away. The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers will soon meet for a heated battle at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. On the field they may be fierce competitors, but off the field, the teams get along great. In fact, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Panthers QB Cam Newton have only kind words to say about each other.
The mutual respect could have something to do with the fact that both men are known for their leadership and inventiveness at the line of scrimmage. Manning may have more years on Newton, but they’ve both learned to adapt plays and formations in response to changes in game play. They were also both number-one overall draft picks and are the only two quarterbacks to have thrown more than 7,500 yards in their first two seasons. But their matchup also represents the largest age difference between starting QBs in Super Bowl history.
To us, it’s like comparing a Ford F-Series to a Ford Mustang. They come from the same family, and they even share some characteristics: they’re both bestsellers and they’re known worldwide. Beyond that, however, the similarities seem to end.
But that doesn’t make it any easier to discern who will win on Sunday. Newton may be younger and have fewer miles on him, but Manning is a time-tested veteran. He executes well over the long haul — he’s already thrown 539 touchdowns and won 186 games, including Super Bowl XLI.
Peyton Manning: Ford F-Series
If Manning were a car, he’d have to be a classic Ford F-Series. The truck has been a bestseller for 39 years straight, mirroring Manning’s solid 18-season football career. He’s one of the all-time best quarterbacks in the NFL, with five MVP awards to his name — the most in recorded league history.
But Manning, like the F-Series, is starting to show his age. At 39, he’s one of the oldest players on the field. His throwing arm is tired. His fingertips are numb. He’s had more than his fair share of injuries, the most recent one being a plantar fascia tear in a November game against the Chiefs.
He doesn’t complain, though. The trucks’ tires may be worn down and the hinges may be squeaky, but it performs when called upon. He’s a reliable and thoughtful player that his team trusts to get them where they need to go.
Will his injuries keep him from playing the Super Bowl? We doubt it. Manning is tried-and-true. He’ll be on the field, giving the game his all and showing Newton how the game is done and won.
Cam Newton: Ford Mustang
Newton, while a relative newbie, may not need many lessons from Manning, though. His career got off to a rocky start between 2011 and 2014, but the waiting and working have clearly paid off. His abilities and talent have come to a finely honed point this season.
Newton doesn’t throw incompletes. He throws passes. He actually broke Manning’s NFL rookie record for most passing yards during his first NFL game — by 120 yards. Newton will likely be named the 2015 MVP, too, for scoring 50 touchdowns over the season.
Newton is a powerhouse, much like the Ford Mustang. The American muscle car’s 300 horsepower engine matches the man’s 260 pounds of pure power and speed. He handles the field like the 2015 Mustang handles the road. And, like the bestselling sports car of 2015, Newton has become the “biggest ticket on the planet right now.”
We don’t think that means Super Bowl 50 is his, though his capabilities are amazing. He can throw the ball and run it — something Manning is no longer willing to do. He’s the only football player in the modern era to be awarded the Heisman Trophy, win a national championship, and become the first overall pick in an NFL draft within a one-year span. But he faces battle-tested Manning, the trusty Ford F-Series, this Sunday, and while Newton has become incredibly reliable as a quarterback this year, he’s still relatively young and untested.
But what do we know? We are just insurance experts. All we can do is sit back and hope the insurance commercials make the rest of you start thinking about your current policies!