The fantasy draft feature on franchise mode was the greatest thing that could have happened to a boy without neighbors. More than I enjoyed butchering my friends in games, more than I enjoyed creating ‘Ron Mexico’ and leading him to a half dozen titles and more than I enjoyed replaying devastating loses with lopsided, reverse outcomes, I enjoyed drafting a team the most.
Typically, I would not even make it a full week before re-picking a new team. The idea of controlling my team’s fate was wonderful. The most important aspect of these fictional squads was the quarterback. With 32 starting quarterbacks at my disposal, I could pick anyone in the game. Ruling out age, salary and attitude, I could select the guy I wanted to carry my fake team to the fake promise land.
This is the first year I have chosen not to purchase the game. Despite being sixty dollars richer, I find myself longing for the power that comes with selecting a roster. Which quarterback would I take in 2013? Would I still pick Tom Brady, first? Would I go with a read-option stud like Russell Wilson? Would I give Phil Rivers a change of scenery? These questions got me thinking; if I could pick ONE quarterback to win a Super Bowl, THIS season, who would it be?