I got into a pretty good debate the other day with a friend of mine about who was the better Georgia quarterback, Matthew Stafford or David Greene.
My buddy was emphatic that Stafford was based on the fact that he is about to become the No. 1 pick (or thereabouts) in the 2009 NFL draft and, Greene, well, his NFL career didn’t amount to much. I argued that Greenie, plain and simple, won more games. In fact, he won more games than any quarterback in NCAA history, 42 out of 52, and started every single game he played in college.
Both arguments have merit. There may not have been or will ever be an individual come through Georgia that can hurl a football like Stafford. Take a look at this [video from Rivals.com](http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=3905701&categoryid=2459789) of Stafford working out with his trainers out in Arizona. It’s that type of thing that gets scouts salivating.
But, man, did Greenie have some big moments? Tennessee and P-44 Haynes and Auburn and 70-X Takeoff. You know they’re historic moments when the play is almost as famous as the game itself.
I threw another guy in there while debating this topic. When he came through, Eric Zeier was the most impressive quarterback I’d ever seen up close and personal. I still haven’t seen anybody throw the deep ball better than that guy and he completed nearly 60 percent of his passes during his career. But Zeier simply didn’t win enough games at Georgia. After a nice start, he was 30-15, with 10 of those losses coming during the inexplicable 1993 and ‘94 seasons.
Winning is the bottom line, I reasoned, and actually made the argument for Buck Belue being the best of the modern era since he won it all in 1980 and almost did again in 1981. Yeah, yeah, he had a pretty good tailback on those teams. But he managed those offenses and made some big throws in some big games, too.
Anyway, it’s one of those great debates that can go on forever. Go back another half-century and you can make another whole argument with guys like Zeke Bratkowski and Johnny Rauch and Frankie Sinkwich, who threw the ball a good bit, too.
Let’s here what y’all think. Here’s some stats for fuel:
Greene — 52-52 games started, 849-of-1,440 (.590) for 11,528 yards, 72 TDs, 32 INTs, 42-10 record
Stafford — 34-39 games started, 564-of-986 (.572) for 7,731 yards, 51 TDs, 33 INTs, 30-9 record.
Zeier — 39-44 games started, 838-of-1,402 (.597) for 11,153, 67 TDs, 37 INTs, 30-15-1 record.