From gold standard to the busts


Whenever a quarterback who’s already raised a Lombardi Trophy joins a new team, the natural reaction is universal: Increased excitement, and increased expectations.

“It’s kind of like, ‘You never know what you had until it’s gone.’” Nathaniel Hackett told The Denver Post.  “And for us, that’s why we’re so excited to have somebody here like (Russell Wilson).”

The last time the Broncos brought a Super Bowl champion quarterback to town, Peyton Manning produced two Super Bowl trips and one championship. The Colt-turned-Bronco became the first-ever starting quarterback to win the big game for two different teams when the Broncos beat the Panthers in Super Bowl 50, a feat that was later matched by Tom Brady (Patriots/Buccaneers).

But for every successful second act, there are many more examples of Super Bowl champion quarterbacks who came up short or busted altogether after leaving the team they won the title with.

As Hackett and the Broncos look to feed off a Hall of Fame talent in Wilson — whom his coach called “reenergized” following 10 seasons in Seattle — here’s a look at how other Super Bowl champion quarterbacks did in their next stop(s).


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