NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Welcome in to Juan's World where, in Super Bowl 50, we're gonna have the Sheriff taking on Superman.
On the one hand you have a guy in Peyton Manning that many thought would never get back to this point again, for various reasons. A drop in play, injury issues, etc.
While on the other side, you've got a young, brash, confident, happy, smiling Cam Newton. And he gives you the sense that this could be a passing of the torch kind of football game.
When the season began, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone that pictured these two teams still standing after 17 weeks of regular season football and three weeks post season football.
But, here we are. The NFL is about to play its 50th Super Bowl and we have a matchup that's as much about the quarterbacks as it is the teams trying to make history.
For Peyton Manning, the big question being asked is, could this be his last go around, not only with the Broncos, but in the NFL.
Far too often this season, Manning has not looked himself. But he's reminded us that even the greatest quarterbacks, as they age, need help and the Broncos have given him that help through their defense.
The last time the Broncos won a Super Bowl, John Elway needed the help of a running game. In Terrell Davis, he got that help and, thus, got his trophy.
This time around, just to get to the playoffs, Peyton needed help. He needed his defense to lead the way and boy did they come thru. Tom Brady didn't stand a chance. Meanwhile, Peyton was steady enough and didn't make any mistakes.
On the other side, in Newton, the Panthers have a quarterback that leads by example. He makes everyone else around him better. And he's been doing it all season.
Cam Newton has been playing at an MVP level all season. Oh, and like Manning, he's also got a pretty stout defense giving him more possessions than the other team.
In other words, Newton today is what Manning used to be.
So as we go forward, over the next two weeks to that February 6th kickoff, let's celebrate the old vs. the new, the Sheriff vs. Superman, the Broncos vs. the Panthers.
50 years of champions being crowned. What a ride it's been and promises to be going forward.
Juan's world, Juan's world, excellent!!!