Look at the last two games for proof of that, as Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers used Super Bowl victories to make the leap toward greatness.
On the other end of that scale, though, are Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Last year, Manning had a chance to erase a fourth-quarter deficit and win his second Super Bowl — an honor that would have been enough for many to dub him as the greatest ever — but a late interception sunk the Colts and his legacy.
And then there’s Roethlisberger, whose shaky credentials would have been overlooked if he improved his Super Bowl record to 3-0, a mark that would have almost certainly made him a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Yet, Roethlisberger’s poor first half were too much for the Steelers to overcome Sunday night, and Roethlisberger’s Super Bowl record was finally blemished.