Sacred mission to replace Drew Brees at the New Orleans Saints. After 20 years of career in the NFL including 15 in the Louisiana franchise, he ended his career, being the quarterback who completed the most passes and gained the most yards. And it is Jameis Winston who has the difficult task of succeeding him. Sunday, for his first with the Saints, the former Tampa Bay player has however remarkably fulfilled his mission, throwing five touchdowns. And New Orleans corrected Green Bay (38-3). Does that bode well for Winston? What exactly did the quarterbacks who replaced an NFL legend do?
Joe Montana – Steve Young (San Francisco)
Before Tom Brady, the best QB in NFL history was Joe Montana. At the helm of the San Francisco 49ers, he has won the Super Bowl four times and been named MVP three times. In 1990, an ugly tackle sent him on the sidelines for nearly two years. Steve Young (30) must then replace him.
Prodigious quarterback, the latter, however, vegetates since his arrival in the NFL. Young is not going to miss the chance to shine. He has eight consecutive seasons all crowned with an invitation to the Pro Bowl, the All Star Game of US football. Above all, he was twice elected NFL MVP and won the Super Bowl in 1995.
Brett Favre – Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay)
In 2008, after 16 years with the Green Bay Packers, Brett Favre announced his retirement from sport (he would however reverse his decision and sign for the New York Jets). A substitute for three seasons, Aaron Rodgers (25) succeeds him. And straight away, it works.
Rodgers exceeds 4000 yards in his first year as a holder. The following season, he went to the Pro Bowl. Then, in 2011, he allows the Packers to win the fourth Super Bowl in their history. Aaron Rodgers has not slowed down since. Evidenced by the three MVP titles won in 2011, 2014 and 2020.
Peyton Manning – Andrew Luck (Indianapolis)
From 1998, Peyton Manning had 13 dream seasons at the Colts. Highlights: one Super Bowl won and four MVP titles. But, in 2011, he did not play a game, due to two neck operations. Indianapolis decides to rebuild the team. The Colts draft Andrew Luck (23) and send Manning to Denver.
Defeated by injury, Luck only played for seven years in the NFL. But, during this period, he managed to take over from Peyton Manning, being selected four times for the Pro Bowl. It is also the number of times he has taken Indianapolis to the play-offs. And, in 2014, he was No.1 in the NFL with 40 touchdowns.
An average succession
John Elway – Brian Griese (Denver)
John Elway won his second straight Super Bowl in 1999 and ended a 16-season career, all played with the Broncos. To replace him, they choose Brian Griese (24), quarterback n ° 3 of the team. After a year of transition, Denver saw a good season 2000, which allowed him to access the play-offs. Griese is even selected for the Pro Bowl. But neither he nor the Broncos confirm and, after two too fair seasons, Denver changes quarterbacks and transfers Brian Griese to Miami.
Dan Marino – Jay Fiedler (Miami)
In 2000, an NFL legend left: Dan Marino, a genius passer ahead of his time, completed a career of 17 seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Jay Fiedler (29) succeeds him, after waxing the sidelines of Philadelphia, Minnesota and Jacksonville. Holder for four years, Fiedler will only reach the 20 touchdown mark once. But he will have the merit of taking the Dolphins to the play-offs in his first two seasons. In 2005, Jay Fiedler went to the New York Jets where he played little and then ended his career.
Kurt Warner – Marc Bulger (St Louis)
For two seasons, Kurt Warner lit up the NFL with the St Louis Rams, between 1999 and 2002, winning a Super Bowl (and playing another final) and scooping two MVP crowns. A drop in power and two injuries to one hand put an end to the great adventure, two years later. Marc Bulger (26), who has played little until then, succeeds him and will guide the Rams for seven years. He would release four good seasons, which won him the Pro Bowl twice, before declining and ending his career in 2009.
Troy Aikman – Quincy Carter (Dallas)
Troy Aikman left the NFL in 2000, having won the Super Bowl three times with the Cowboys. Quincy Carter (24), just drafted, replaces him. His first matches are honorable. But, the following year, Carter lost his place of holder. In 2003, he allows Dallas to find the play-offs. But the Cowboys don’t keep it. A good player, Quincy Carter however struggles to cope with the pressure. He signed for the New York Jets, but failed to secure a starting spot and, a year later, ended his career.