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Hall of Fame-quality NFL QB Class of 2004 runs 'fade' route

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    Is this the end? Are we watching, in real time, the crumbling of the most historic quarterback class of the past 35 years? Ben Roethlisberger, 37, felled by a bum throwing elbow, his career now in question. Eli Manning, 38, simply a bum, benched to make room for a rookie picked No. 6 overall. Philip Rivers, 37, the last man standing -– and the only one of the three without a ring –- starting to show his age in a 1-1 start. We wish they could go out at the top of their game, but for so many of our heroes, the end sneaks up before we know it. Now 15 years after the 2004 quarterback draft class ushered in three surefire Pro Football Hall of Famers, we might be witnessing its demise. When the threesome does call it quits, it’ll be the end of an era. They will be the first draft class to have three quarterbacks enshrined since the historic class of 1983 (Dan Marino, John Elway and Jim Kelly) and only the second ever. (Only 32 quarterbacks are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.) How fitting is it that two