A Quick Nine: Super Bowl player you'd most want as a partner in a money game

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It's no surprise that Jerry Rice made YOUR list of NFL players you'd want -- based on Super Bowl performance -- as a partner in a money match. What was a surprise is where he is on the list.
By
T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer
PGA.com

Series: A Quick Nine

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | 9:36 a.m.

There's still a few days of hype left before Super Bowl XLVII finally kicks off between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at the Superdome in New Orleans.

With that, we at PGA.com, decided to get in on the hype, posing this question to our friends in PGA.com Facebook Nation: Based on Super Bowl performance, what NFL player (past or present) would you want as your golf partner in a money game?

Well, the feedback was overwhelming. With nearly 400 responses from you, here's the top-9 list of NFL players you'd want to be your golf partner in a money game based on Super Bowl performance.

Agree? Disagree? Tell us why in the comment section below.

9. Jim McMahon. Come on! How cool is this guy? We're talking a two-time Super Bowl champ with the Chicago Bears. He'd probably rock one of his headbands during the round and -- of course -- you'd be doing the Super Bowl Shuffle to get hyped up for the match.

Facebook fan quote:

"Jim McMahon." -- Irish Putts

"Jim McMahon. Chicago Bears. Barefoot and beer drinking." -- TJ Wolnik

8. Steve Young. From Joe Montana's back up to the first Super Bowl MVP to be the leading QB and leading rusher in a Super Bowl. Young finished his career as a three-time Super Bowl champion with the 49ers.

Facebook fan quotes:

"But seriously, Steve Young. I bet he'd have a nasty lefty swing like Phil." -- Pat Evett

"Steve Young!" -- Drew Frechette

7. Adam Vinatieri. What? A kicker made the list? You bet. A four-time Super Bowl champion (three with New England and one with Indianapolis), Vinatieri is the greatest clutch kicker in football history. The Snow Bowl against the Raiders, where -- in blizzard conditions -- he kicked a game-tying field goal in regulation and a game-winner in overtime; and two Super Bowl-winning field goals in the final seconds of those games.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Adam Vinatieri." -- Jake Morrison

"Adam Vinatieri." -- Jonathan Flores

"Adam Vinatieri. Talk about money, that guy is mister pressure." -- Michael Toth

"Adam Vinatieri. Cause when the pressure was on he was clutch... That is a guy I want making a five footer to win." -- Thomas Hawkeye Valdez

"Adam Vinatieri. He's clutch when the game rests on his shoulders." -- Ryan Stonaker

6. Terry Bradshaw. I'm surprised that Bradshaw didn't get more love from PGA.com Facebook Nation. After all, he won four Super Bowls in a six-year period for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Most impressive, he was undefeated in his four Super Bowl appearances.

Facebook fan quotes:

"How has no one said TERRY BRADHAW yet?" -- Matt Allen

"Terry Bradshaw would be fun." -- James B Batchelor

"Terry Bradshaw. The Man never lost. So in golfing I would win every time!" -- Gary Hernet

"Terry Bradshaw... He did not have the physical skills, the natural ability of Joe Montana, yet he did the same thing Montana did, lead his team to 4 Super Bowls and something no other QB has ever done, TWICE BACK TO BACK. I want Terry on my side. I am a born and raised Northern Californian. 49er Fan. But as a Football Fan, Terry Bradshaw is DA MAN." -- Ed Rapp

5. Jerry Rice. OK. We've reached that point in the list from No. 5 to No. 2 where you could pretty much flip a coin on the order these players should be ranked. Here, at No. 5 -- according to all of you -- is the best wide receiver in the game's history and regarded by many as the greatest overall player in NFL history. Rice won three Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers and an AFC Championship with the Oakland Raiders. Also, if you hadn't heard, this guy loves to golf.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Jerry Rice." -- Thomas Moran

"JERRY RICE." -- Rickey Joseph Abraham

"Jerry Rice definitely." -- Jeremy Clark

"Jerry Rice all day!" -- Antwain Smith

"Jerry Rice in Super Bowl XXIII. Won the game MVP with 215 yards on 11 catches. In the post game interview he said Montana deserved the MVP. He's the greatest WR ever and a class act. Who wouldn't want to have him as their golf partner?" -- Travis Falkner

4. Eli Manning. Before 2007, it was hard to imagine wanting any other "Manning" than Peyton as your quarterback. However, with two Super Bowl wins over the New England Patriots -- both MVP performances, one of which broke up an undefeated season for the Pats -- little brother Eli and the New York Giants have proven on more than one occasion that you'd rather have Eli in the clutch than big brother Peyton. Not bad considering both will be Hall of Famers.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Eli Manning -- good for miraculous double-eagles, for sure!" -- Joseph S Loveless

"Eli Manning." -- Jarrod Leuck

"Eli Manning all day. Ice in his veins." -- Anthony Freda

"Eli Manning -- for his penchant for mastering 4th quarter drives." -- Kristin Gulcher Conforti

"Eli Manning... you can't count him out. He has something to prove; plays with no fear and he has proven he can be clutch under pressure at the end of the game." -- A.p. Cooper

"Eli Manning. He just doesn't care that you undefeated or supposed to beat his team. Mr. Clutch." -- Mike Heiss

3. Tom Brady. What can you say? This guy is amazing. The slowest guy on the field, but far and away (usually) the smartest. Yes, there is a diehard New England Patriots fan writing this piece, but so what? Around these parts in the Northeast, Brady is considered the greatest of all time. However, he's lost the last two Super Bowls he's been in and had far from a good game in the AFC Championship against the Ravens two weeks ago. Even still, Brady is a three-time Super Bowl champ and his career numbers are off the charts. And... as we know up here in New England... Brady might be aging, but he's got plenty left in the tank.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Tom Brady... without a doubt!" -- Clayton Bennett

"Tom Brady Could Do That!" -- William Blake Klein

"Tom Brady, cool as a cucumber!" -- Frank Avelar

"Tom Brady! Enough said!" -- Matthew Cimino

"Tom Brady. Read his interview in golf mag a few years ago. Impressive." -- Mike Finlin

"Tom Brady... with Giselle in the gallery shouting insults at the other players, we'd fly under the radar to a victory." -- Abby Davis

2. John Elway. Elway took his Denver Broncos to an amazing five Super Bowls. In those trips, he was able to win two -- back-to-back. Elway retired in 1999 and statistically was the second most prolific passer in NFL history.

Facebook fan quotes:

"John Elway." -- Scott Gay

"John Elway." -- Dan Lockhart

"Elway!" -- Mathew Wukich

"John Elway. He's close to a scratch golfer. Money in the bank!" -- Jim Asquith

"Elway. Back 2 Back RINGS!" -- Matt Bolt

"Elway; going to give it all for the birdies!" -- Randy Wheatley

"Elway courage and determination." -- Michael Kinney

"Gotta be John Elway, The helicopter dive for a first down. He left it all on the field and was not going to be denied. That's the kind of attitude I want when the money is on the line." -- Chad W. Kennedy

1. Joe Montana. Remember earlier when we said you could flip a coin for Nos. 5-2? Well, when it comes to No. 1, this one is a no-doubter. Not even close. Far and away, Montana -- the greatest of all time -- is the one player, based on Super Bowl performance, in NFL history that the majority of PGA.com Facebook Nation would want on their side in a money game. Montana started in four Super Bowl games and won all of them.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Joe Montana 4 for 4... go Niners!" -- Bryan Hogan

"Joe Montana!" -- Ann Savoie

"Joe Montana LEGEND!" -- Chris Goodman

"Joe Montana." -- Bryon Kennedy

"Joe Montana -- based on how cool he kept his team on the 92-yard, game winning-drive against the Bengals. Joe Cool all day." -- Ryan Johnson

"Joe Montana -- one of the greatest QB's in pressure situations." -- Allen Winemiller

"Joe Montana, nobody else is close, not even Tom Brady, and I'm a Michigan fan." -- Darrell Hovinen

"Montana. You'd never lose the big game." -- Andrew Giovanni Galvin

"Joe Montana, smoother than a well-raked trap." -- Todd E. Narrol

"Joe Montana because he is accurate with his passes like any great golfer needs to be!" -- David McClure

"Joe Montana. You want someone who keeps his cool under fire, and nobody else comes close. He's like the ice man out on the football field." -- Darrell Hovinen

"Gotta be Joe Montana... looks into the gallery sees John Candy, and then throws the pass to win it- -- he knew he was gonna win!" -- Jerry Mac

"Joe Montana, cool as a cucumber and undefeated, however, I would want to put Scott Norwood on their team so all their clutch putts would be wide right." -- Anthony Reed