Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
This is a big one. Rodgers is already a Hall of Famer with two MVP awards and a Super Bowl victory on his résumé, but in order to be considered the best of all-time, he’ll need to join the 12-man club of quarterbacks with multiple Super Bowl victories. In fact, with two wins in the next three weeks, Rodgers would become just the fourth quarterback in league history with two MVPs and two Super Bowl rings.
Rodgers will never be stuck in a category with Dan Marino, Jim Kelly and Fran Tarkenton, but it’s ridiculous that he’s been to only one Super Bowl in 12 seasons as an NFL starter. The highest-rated passer in NFL history needs more team success, and at age 36 this might be one of his last chances to establish himself as a top-tier legend.
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
Winning a Super Bowl with only 26 career regular-season starts under your belt would of course be a big friggin’ deal. But with his legacy still so fresh, Garoppolo — like Tannehill — would simply become the 33rd Super Bowl-winning starting quarterback in NFL history. That alone isn’t worthy of utter legendary status, unless of course you win MVP and break some records or something. And that’s a little less likely considering the makeup of the ground-and-pound, defensively-focused 49ers.