In a previous post, Jeremy Scott wrote: ["Brady is nearing the end of his career and Roethlisberger has another decade? No. Big Ben may indeed play longer than Brady, but it could go the other way too. Because of the different systems in which they play, Big Ben gets beat up a whole lot more. Brady could be more susceptible to major injury if and when he gets hit, but Big Ben takes a regular beating because of the role he plays for Pittsburgh. He is sacked significantly more than Brady, and if memory serves me well, has had a number of concussions. I doubt that he will play significantly longer than Brady, if at all longer. Manning sure seems to be winding down, but I still yet hope he can play. As much as I am a Pats/Brady fan and despise the Colts/Manning, I'd still like to see Peyton tear down Favre's records (and to a lesser degree, Marino's).
The Steelers have been the best team in the NFL in the last 6.5 seasons.
Big Ben is a very good quarterback.
But he is not in the league of Brady, Manning, Brees, and soon-to-be: Rodgers.
As of right now, Rodgers is unbelievable. Whether he will be a Kurt Warner or a Manning/Brees/Brady is yet to be seen and cannot be determined right now. There is at least some voice that Brady is the MVP over Rodgers this year, but I rejected that kind of argument ("MVP to his team") for Manning in the past, and I reject it for my favorite player of all time (Brady) right now. Rodgers is the current MVP and it's very hard for me to see how he could lose it."]
To answer the last part first: Anybody who seriously promotes anyone other than Aaron Rodgers as the NFL MVP this year needs to have their head examined for showing signs of being hit by James Harrison. And I agree, I see no way anyone else can take it from him with only three games left in the regular season.
Big Ben is almost 5 years younger than Brady, shares a Hines Ward mentality about pain and still feels he has something to prove, while Brady tried to look like Justin Bieber and cries when someone touches his helmet with their fingertips. Longevity is hard to predict, but it feels to me that Brady only has one or two years left before he retires to the Hall of Fame along with Peyton Manning.
I agree with you that The Steelers have been the best team in the NFL over the last 6.5 years and also over the last 40 + years since the Super Bowl era started.