The argument is that the quarterback position is the toughest in all of professional football.
You have to know an offense inside out, have to read a defense quicker than a bionic word scanner and spend time avoiding gentlemen bigger, faster (and no disrespect) uglier than you for sixty minutes a game.
Big deal – you get to front the Pepsi adverts, go home every night to a beautiful model and a pile of money higher than a busted meth cook house.
The real men have no necks, no fear and no chance of much glory, but without them their teams are simply not the same.
Ladies and gentlemen introducing Bruce Miller and Terzell Vonta Leach, the two starting fullbacks in Super Bowl XLVII.
In the combined 161 regular season games played by Miller and Leach they have ran the ball 33 times for 96 yards – an average of just under three yards a carry.
No exactly prime time production, but their primary objective is not to partake in the noble art of carrying the pigskin, they are there to clear a path, like a snow-plow lumbering through a 20ft drift.
Let’s look at the stats for the lead tailbacks production with Leach and Miller as the fullback on the field:
2004 (as a Packer) Ahman Green 1,163 rushing yards 7 touchdowns and a trip the Pro Bowl
2005 (as a Packer) Samkon Gado 582 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns
2006 (as a Packer and Texan) Ron Dayne 612 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns
2007 (as a Texan) Ron Dayne 773 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns
2008 (as a Texan) Steve Slaton 1,282 yards rushing 9 touchdowns
2009 (as a Texan) Steve Slaton 437 yards rushing (no Texan back played all 16 games)
2010 (as a Texan) Arian Foster 1,161 yards rushing 16 tds and a trip to the Pro Bowl and voted an All Pro
2011 (as a Raven) Ray Rice 1,364 yards rushing 12 tds and a trip to the Pro Bowl
2012 (as a Raven) Ray Rice 1.134 yards rushing 9 tds and a trip to the Pro Bowl
2011 (as a 49er) Frank Gore 1.211 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns and a trip to the Pro Bowl
2012 (as a 49er) Frank Gore 1.214 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns and a trip to the Pro Bowl
That’s 11 seasons sacrificing their bodies for colleagues to go to the Pro Bowl six times. Now Leach has been recognised for the outstanding man-beast that he is, with three consecutive Pro Bowl and All Pro (the real mark of talent) call-ups in the last three seasons.
Miller on the other hand has helped Frank Gore to the Pro Bowl last season and this season, but has not been given any individual recognition by voters.
When you sit down next Sunday to the biggest show on earth (on turf) pay a thought to Miller and Leach. They may not touch the ball once between them, but they will likely lay a hit that will win one of their teams the Vince Lombardi Trophy.