For a football team to be good, there needs to be a lot of talent at just about every position. But for a football team to be truly great, many fans consider the quarterback to be the most important position on the field.
And they might be right. The quarterback is already expected to be a natural leader, both vocally and through his play. The way a team is trending can rest completely on the shoulders of the man under center. They are often tagged as the reason for success in a winning streak—and likewise receive the burden of their team’s defeats under the spotlight.
His journey as a quarterback is still a short one in the NFL. His sophomore season is not yet over, and his numbers have already swung on both sides of the spectrum. He has thrown for as little as 105 yards against the Steelers and for as many as almost 400 yards in several different occasions. He has already battled tipped passes early on in his career, and interceptions looked to be an issue recently. Most importantly, he has been tagged with the curse of being a ginger quarterback.
His name is Andy Dalton. And he may have one of the greatest quarterback stories in recent history.