btw, calling jake a gunslinger isn't putting him on a pedestal at all. it's not praise anymore than calling someone a game manager is.
much of the reason they were called the cardiac cats was because of jake's QBing. the guy could stop even the toughest of hearts every time he launched that ball, esp. late in games. sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't.
For some reason I can't bold. So I'll edit for context.
Jake was a joy to watch. As long as you took your heart medication.
Good Jake, which lasted 5 years, was a top gun gunslinger. He could get lucky with the best of them. He just had that mentality that he could get it done. And dammed if he didn't get it done quite often.
There were actually very few Gunslingers. Farvrea and Jake are the two that come to mind because there are so few of them. They tend not to last just because of the nature of their games. High risk plays drive coaches crazy.
Kids today just don't see the difference in the game from then til now. Very few QBs were throwing it all over the yard. We didn't either. But when Jake saw an opportunity, he took it. Whether that opportunity was actually there, no one but Jake saw it.
Game Manager, at times you could call Jake that. But Gunslinger, yeah, you can call Jake that one with ease.