Carson Palmer is a football legend in both the best and worst ways possible. On one hand, he won the most prestigious award in college football — the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award — in 2002 (on a lesser note, he also happened to win the Heisman that same year). On the other, he will go down in history as one of the most futile quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, with just one lone playoff victory in 13 seasons as a starter.
Many people thought Palmer would retire after this past season, where he failed to make the playoffs — something he has become an expert at, having not made them 10 out of the 13 seasons he’s played — even with arguably the best player in the NFL, David Johnson, as his running back. But Carson’s still got some fight left in him, it appears, the drive to lose one more time fueling him as he embarks on his 14th season of being a good quarterback who just can’t get it done.
Am I rooting for Carson to finally make it to a Super Bowl, or am I rooting for him to further cement his status as a perennially better-than-average-but-still-somehow-mediocre QB? Not sure. How about I leave it at this — I hope he does make it to the Big Game so my smug ass has to eat crow, but if he doesn’t, that’d be way funnier..
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