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Peyton Manning or The Blindside: Why Super Bowl 50 is a can't lose

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As a Cleveland Browns fan, I have spent 35 Super Bowls rooting for another team. I have become experienced at finding a reason to jump on a team's bandwagon and hope to celebrate a Championship vicariously through them.

Super Bowl 50 poses a problem.  Two players on different teams deserve a trophy, in my opinion. Both have one already.  Both with different teams than their current team.

Broncos Quarterback, Peyton Manning has it all.  A storied career, a flawless image and apparently, a love for Papa Johns and Chicken Parm.  Every game he plays, he's the story.  He's a first ballot Hall of Famer and an all around good guy.  He comes from a highly respected family and is known for writing respectful, hand written letters to players who retire.


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Seems like an easy choice, right?  Wrong!

As a feel-good sports movie buff, I have to consider Panthers Offensive Lineman, Michael Oher. You may ask yourself, "Who?".  You know, Big Mike. The Blindside movie?  The release of the movie coincided with his drafting by the Ravens in 2009. People saw a high school player pushing players around like mannequins and watched a rookie NFL lineman struggle at the same time.

Oher has recently shared that the Academy Award Winning movie, The Blindside, which grossed over $300 million, has hurt his career. He said, according to ESPN: "People look at me, and they take things away from me because of a movie. They don't really see the skills and the kind of player I am. That's why I get downgraded so much, because of something off the field."  

Feature articles give us brief backstories of players. In Michael Oher's case, we were given a life story as he was writing the next chapter. This chapter has Oher having one of his best seasons. Panthers coach, Ron Rivera and tight end, Greg Olsen, have been outspoken in discussing Oher's contributions to the Panthers offense.

Two Players, one who is attempting to retire a champion and one who is looking to create an identity as a two-time Super Bowl Champion offensive lineman.  Maybe this year, I don't pick a team.  Maybe I accept the fact that either way, I'll go to bed content on February 7.

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