Photo credit: Jeffrey Beall
Author: Joey Carr
We all knew this day would come; all good things must come to an end, and it looks as if the best Regular Season quarterback to ever play is finally near his end. For years, Peyton Manning has baffled us with his insane accuracy, ability to read defenses, and most of all the amount of records he’s shattered with ease. But now, the injuries are piling up, there is little to no zip on his passes, short and long, and a Hall of Fame career might be near the finish line.
Two years ago, none of us would have expected Peyton Manning to be leading the league in interceptions (17!!!). None of us would have expected his illustrious career to come to a breaking halt just two years after he had one of the best seasons by a quarterback in the history of the NFL. But that’s where we’re at, and we just have to deal with the fact that we probably won’t be seeing the Peyton Manning we’ve all come to respect anymore. Sure, he might come back once his torn plantar fasciitis heals up, but still, how effective could he be? If you’re a diehard football fan like myself, you probably either love Peyton Manning, or you hate him, but you know you respect him. It’s like if you’re a Red Sox fan and you’re watching Derek Jeter play; you hate the Captain with such a deep, burning passion because he’s so darn good but in the end, you absolutely need to respect what the man has done for the game of baseball, even if he did play for the Yankees. It’s the same situation with the Sheriff (unless you’re a Denver fan or a Colt fan that still roots for him). There’s no denying that he’s a first ballot Hall of Famer, just look at the records he holds: Most passing touchdowns, most passing yards, single season passing yards and touchdowns, and the list goes on. Yes, he has choked in the playoffs quite a bit (13 three and outs), but that’s not what most people will remember him for. He will be remembered as the guy who started the Chicken Parm jingle, the guy who made the word “Omaha” so famous, and the guy who dazzled the world with crazy game after crazy game.
Now, there is still an entire half season to go. Yes, Brock Osweiler is in at quarterback for the time being but Denver is 7-2 and still possesses a top tier defense that is capable of winning games by themselves so it is more than likely that we will see the Broncos in the playoffs. And if you don’t think John Elway will give Peyton Manning the chance to compete in perhaps his last playoff run, you’re out of your mind. Of course, this is all predicated upon whether or not Manning is healthy enough to give it a final go and if Brock Osweiler hasn’t pulled a 2013 Nick Foles and gone on a rampage through the final 7 games. But either way, let’s hope we haven’t seen the last of Peyton Manning because if we have, it’s a loss to the football and the football world.
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