Joe Flacco started the season saying he was the best quarterback in the National Football League. He ended it as the most valuable player in the Super Bowl, staving off a comeback by the San Francisco 49ers that began after a power failure at the Superdome delayed the game.
The anesthesiolgists’ ball in December 2010 was already raging when Dr. Thomas Elardo and his wife arrived. It was 11 p.m., and the Opera House in downtown Los Gatos, California, was packed with nurses and doctors dancing to ’80s covers by The Microbes, an all-doctor band. Elardo climbed the stairs to the mezzanine bar and was immediately gladhanded by Bobby Sarnevesht, a local entrepreneur, and orthopedist Samir Sharma, who pulled Elardo aside.
Before Tom Brady and Eli Manning, before Brett Favre, Joe Namath, Joe Montana and John Elway, there was Bart Starr. He was “America’s Quarterback,” as the title of Keith Dunnavant’s new book would have it.