as such Stetson Bennett IV Quarterback’s reputation appears to be disrespectful of Rodney Dangerfield Syndrome – with mention of the Heisman Cup falling unobtrusively to his ears – the other quarterback of his proportions has lined up firmly against those who think Baron Blackshear should forget about the notion that he might not play football on Sunday in Fall 2023.
I was given to say that Stet’s dream is to play for Glory to Georgia For a while it was a long goal achievement, but watching him maneuver around the giants of his world leading his team to victory also left me deeply amazed about the next level.
This is not a concern for him now. He still loves to play at school which he adores since he wears shorts, and participates in touch games Herty Field On the North Campus is where the beginnings of UGA football began.
Another quarterback who used to dream of greatness in his early college years, is one who wasn’t too bad himself –Fran Tarkinton.
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The Sunday morning following Oregon, my phone rang, and I heard this preaching from Number 10, who at one point held all the NFL success records: most yards, most attempts, most completions, most touchdowns, and most yards rushing . quarterback. His NFL records held for 17 years.
“Let me tell you,” Tarkinton began, “Stetson Bennett is going to play this Sunday next fall. Someone’s going to recruit him because he’s got The Chip.” (More on that later). And he’s not going to be in the late rounds. Someone is going to recruit him for the first two or three rounds. And someone will get a winner.
“I don’t care how tall he is. I don’t care how well he does in any of those stupid tests. The kid knows how to play. He has fast feet, which is important, but what I love about him is his brain.”
Anyone who has had the benefit of a long-term relationship with Fran would easily conclude that the Hall of Fame quarterback sees a lot of himself in Stetson. Tarkinton was criticized for not being fast enough, not big enough but outperforming everyone else. He had fast feet too, and he also had the chip. He can master defense as well as any quarterback who has ever played the game.
I’ve heard him say over and over that the best way to win in football is to turn the ball on and off the run. I’ve heard it as often as Kirby Smart, Bill Belichick or any coach who has a piece of chalk in his hands. Nobody appreciates the basics of football more than Tarkanton.
Shaking his head to the side, Tarkinton was criticized for not being a strong, armed classic QB that could pet him at 70 yards. He could manage that distance until his high school coach had him engage in “floor intervention” drills which resulted in a dislocated shoulder that he never fully recovered from until he got a titanium replacement long after the NFL retired.
Nevertheless, he set all records, taking his Minnesota Vikings to three Super Bowls causing his coach, Bud Grant, to declare Tarkenton the toughest and most competitive quarterback ever. “The greatest ability of a quarterback is toughness,” Grant told me at Viking headquarters in Minneapolis a few years ago. No quarterback in the NFL has been more durable than Tarkinton.
“Stetson is a good quarterback in the SEC, but critics focus on his height and arm strength. He led his team to the National Championship. What more do you want in a quarterback? I don’t care how good a quarterback looks in training, I don’t rate him on the charts for his arm strength. Best rated on The basis of his ability to play and understand the game of football and win matches. This kid has all those qualities,” Tarkinton says.
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The chip, by the way, from Tarkenton’s point of view uses the brain to master everything. You must have a knack for soccer, yes, but the key to success in this game for a midfielder is the brain, not the arm of the cannon.
Tarkenton, a millionaire, studies quarterbacks, but he also teaches business titans and can rattle the names of illustrious CEOs who weren’t college graduates. “Bill Gates did not finish college,” he says. “Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, was a college dropout, and Michael Dell of Dell Technologies was also a dropout. What did these billionaires have in common? They had the chip. They didn’t need a college education.”
“The one I find intriguing is Sam Walton. He started his first Wal-Mart store at the age of 51 and died at the age of 74, the richest man in the world. He developed the largest company in the world, an incredible empire 25 years ago. Mr. Sam went Already to college, but no one had a bigger slice than him.
“The best quarterbacks in history have the chip. Guys like John Unitas, Joe Montana, Tom Brady were all top draft picks but they owned the chip. Just look at their records.
“I think Stetson Bennett has the chip and has no reason to believe this young man can’t play in the NFL.”