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COURTESY: UNIVERSITY OF OREGON - Dan Fouts went from the Oregon Ducks to the NFL and achieved stardom with the Sa Diego Chargers.An era of NFL quarterbacking is coming to a close.

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will lead their teams into battle in this weekend's NFL playoffs. Brady and the New England Patriots play host to Kansas City on Saturday. Manning and the Denver Broncos are at home against Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Manning, 39, might have another season left in a career that has spanned 18 years with Indianapolis and the Broncos. Brady, 38, intends to continue for a few more years to build on a 16-year career spent entirely with the Patriots.

But the end for both is in sight, which brings to mind questions regarding their place in history and the state of quarterbacks in today's NFL game.

The Portland Tribune consulted 11 men with credentials to offer unique perspectives.

Our panel consists of:

• Two Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks — Dan Fouts and Warren Moon

• Two QBs who had solid NFL careers — Neil Lomax and Chris Miller

• Two QBs who are veteran backups — Derek Anderson and Matt Moore

• Three QBs who were high first-round draft picks but never achieved the success in the pros that they did in college — Terry Baker, Joey Harrington and Akili Smith

• Two people with Portland State roots who know as much about the passing game as anyone — June Jones and Mouse Davis

They tell us about the components that go into being great as an NFL quarterback. About how the position has changed through the years. And whether scrambling ability has a higher premium in today's NFL. ANDERSONBAKERDAVISFOUTSHARRINGTONJONESLOMAXMILLERMOONMOORESMITH