The bosses of Kansas City have a new franchised quarterback. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Pictures)
The National Basketball Association and the National Football Association produce stars.
Think Michael Jordan, Terrell Owens, Magic Johnson, Donovan McNabb, Shakeel O’Neill, Ezekiel Elliot LeBron James, Randy Moss, Kobe Bryant, Cam Newton and Allen Iverson.
The power of the stars of past and present is all there is.
In the radio podcast Scoop B, I asked a retired NFL veteran and current NFL and CBS sports analyst Nate Burleson to compare themselves to their respective leagues.
I feel like Tom Brady’s a gambling addict, Burleson told me.
That’s why he didn’t retire after all his successes. There’s something about the game that pleases him and reminds me of the greats. It reminds me of Jordan and Kobe in their later years, if you’re like a dog, you can walk. You’re still the best. But they couldn’t. They couldn’t let go.
That’s right! The late Kobe Bryant withdrew from basketball in 2016. Tom Brady is now a member of the Tampa Bay Pirates.
As for the style of play, I think Lamar Jackson… He’s the closest Iverson has to a man, Burleson told me.
When Iverson just shook the boys out of their shoes and every time he had a ball in his hand, it was very entertaining, and it was crazy about his size, because Iverson wasn’t that big. How does he do it among these giants? It’s the same with Lamar. Lamar, it’s the light. He’s not that big, but how’s he doing among these giants? It made his game so good.
The next Burleson analogy might shock you.
And then Pat Mahoms, he’s like Magic Johnson, he said on Radio Scoop B…
GettyMagic Johnson during his performance in the movie Genius of Magic Johnson.
He can see the floor. He sees the court. He can see the field. So much so that he didn’t even look like magic in his day. And the reason I say Magic versus LeBron is because LeBron is a physical brother. Lebron is what Cam Newton was as quarterback: strong, fast and dominant. But Mahomez, it’s more like magic, because magic has never been the greatest of athletes. He was the smartest, ball in hand, and the smartest man on the field. This is Pat Mahomez. He’s not the best athlete on the field, he can outshine you, I guess, really, although he’s just the smartest. He can make any field on the field. Just like magic can make any pass on the set.