Comparing NFL quarterbacks to pro golfers
Tom Brady/Tiger Woods
This is an easy one. Brady and Woods are two l.e.g.e.n.d.s. and have credible arguments as the best in their respective sports.
Between the QB's six rings and Woods' 15 majors, they possess plenty of hardware. They've also been involved in some controversy, with Brady's role in DeflateGate and Woods' various personal issues becoming public.
However, even as they've aged, they're still threats every season and capable of dominance. And they're two guys you do not want to be squaring off with when it's winning time.
Peyton Manning/Phil Mickelson
Manning is the only non-active passer in this gallery, but the fit with Mickelson is too good to pass up.
In plenty of other eras, these two would be regarded as the premier names. Unfortunately, they'll always be mentioned after the pair they're following on this list.
With that being said, Manning's two Super Bowls and five MVP awards and Mickelson's five majors are phenomenal accomplishments. Plus they have the same initials. That was the clincher for this comparison, honestly.
Aaron Rodgers/Brooks Koepka
Every quarterback and every golfer are supremely confident, none more so than these two. In fact, some would say their confidence borders on, or crosses well over into, arrogance.
Who cares, though? If you need to win on a Sunday, you're taking Rodgers and you're taking Koepka. They may not have the full resumes that some of their peers have, but for one game or one tournament, they're as scary as anyone.
Patrick Mahomes/Rory McIlroy
If you think this is premature because Mahomes hasn't won nearly as much as McIlroy has yet, that's fair. But it makes perfect sense in one respect already.
The Chiefs' signal caller's deep ball is the most impressive in pro football, while in golf, it doesn't get better than watching Rory off the tee. If you want power and distance, these are your dudes.
In today's sports world, watching from home has many advantages over attending in person. But it's absolutely worth getting to the stadium or course to watch these two do what they do best.
Kirk Cousins/Rickie Fowler
As a Fowler suppoter who has too many Puma hats and has (poorly) mimicked his putting style, this one's tough. Yet it feels like the right call to make.
Both Fowler and Cousins are top-10/top-12 talents in their worlds, and when it's early in the matchup or early in the tourney, they can scorch it.
When it's time to be clutch, however? These aren't necessarily the best options. Sure, Fowler was a total baller at THE PLAYERS (where the field is super stacked), but for the most part, this pair's reputation seems to outpace their production.
Eli Manning/Sergio Garcia
Eli Manning took down the Patriots twice, while Sergio is a Masters winner as well as a Ryder Cup stud. These two have racked up some very memorable victories in their careers.
Still, those highs haven't prevented them from often being ridiculed, whether it's for goofy facial expressions, bizarre outbursts or long stretches of poor play.
They're champions. They're probable Hall of Famers. But they're also far from revered.
Drew Brees/Jim Furyk
Longevity is one word that comes to mind for Brees and Furyk, who've been pros for 17 and 26 years. Between Brees' short stature and Furyk's strange swing, they also have survived that long despite being somewhat unconventional.
They won't go down as the greatest of their time, sure, but they'll be remembered for being very consistent, winning often and each reaching the peak once.
Baker Mayfield/Jon Rahm
Here are two 24-year-olds who show no shortage of emotion and have talent falling out of their pockets.
Yeah, Mayfield and Rahm may rub some the wrong way, but they also have the potential to grow into truly elite athletes. They're well on their way, but time is needed to see how well they develop.
Philip Rivers/Matt Kuchar
Rivers and Kuchar are regular season stalwarts who are always relevant and, in some weeks, able to turn in the top performances in their leagues.
For whatever reason, though, Rivers has never been able to advance to an AFC Title game while Kuchar has yet to finish first at a major.
Would you like their stats and their bank accounts? Obviously. But their legacies won't be complete unless they're able to find some late-career magic.
Dwayne Haskins/Viktor Hovland
Haskins threw for 50 scores while at Ohio State and Hovland has shown incredibly well at the Masters and US Open before recently turning pro. As amateurs, this duo got it done.
Now, they're going to be competing with the planet's best on a weekly basis instead of against fellow college kids. How will they fare?
Their journeys are just beginning and their potentials are still unfulfilled. You have to like their chances of turning into stars, though.
Russell Wilson/Dustin Johnson
Wilson's ability to put touch on his deep balls is unmatched, and Johnson's prowess with a driver is well-known.
They've each climbed to the summit once (Wilson's Super Bowl came after the 2013 campaign while Johnson claimed the 2011 Open Championship) and saw another opportunity at glory wasted because of one crucial issue (Seattle's decision to not give it to Marshawn and Johnson's grounding in a bunker at the 2010 PGA).
C'mon, they're even both one-half of mega-famous couples. Easy one.
Nick Foles/Gary Woodland
Foles played out of his mind for a month to hoist the Lombardi Trophy with the Eagles. Woodland, of course, just tamed Pebble Beach to capture the 2019 US Open.
Aside from those hot stretches, however, they haven't exactly stood out. Let's see if they return to what they've been or are able to ascend to another level in the coming years.