Assuming the winning Super Bowl team's starting quarterback is the one who guides it to victory Sunday night, either the Arizona Cardinals' Kurt Warner or the Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger becomes a slam-dunk for eventual coronation as a Hall of Famer.
Hall of Fame voting has always smiled on Super Bowl victory. While individual accomplishments are obviously considered, winning the big game is crucial. Consider how many 1970s-era Steelers are there (10, including coach Chuck Noll) and how quickly many were enshrined.
In the case of quarterbacks, more than one ring - Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, John Elway, Bob Griese and Joe Montana - has usually meant a summer trip to Canton, Ohio. The one active multiple-Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Tom Brady, is a first-ballot lock. The only two quarterbacks who won a Super Bowl and a pre-Super Bowl league championship, John Unitas and Len Dawson, are also enshrined.
Of all the quarterbacks who won multiple Super Bowls, only two are not in the Hall - Ken Stabler and Jim Plunkett. In Plunkett's case, he had just four winning seasons in a 15-year career - although, to his credit, he made his few good ones count. Stabler's individual statistics work against him - he threw 28 more interceptions than touchdown passes.
One might argue that the veteran Warner has had a career characterized by a few peaks with a deep trough in the timeline and that Roethlisberger's resume needs a few more good seasons. Forget the details. A second Super Bowl ring for either gets Sunday's winner a gold jacket.