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Author: Jon Kuzma
Peyton Manning is arguably the greatest quarterback to ever play the game. Some would be quick to counter that Tom Brady is better and those arguments would be respectable. Yet there are many compelling points as to why Manning is the best as well. First off Manning is the all time leader in terms of passing yards. Manning passed for a record setting 71,940 passing yards over those 18 seasons. Looking unstoppable at times while also showing how the quarterback position is truly supposed to be played. That consistent play year in and year out led to Manning being crowned the leagues Most Valuable Player an impressive 5 different times (2003,2004,2008,2009,2013). With his quick defensive reads, strong presence in the pocket, and laser like throws Manning struck terror in NFL defenders hearts and minds. If your still not sure how much Manning means to a football team consider this. When he was out of action with a neck injury while playing for the Indianapolis Colts back in 2011, the Colts ended up finishing 2-14 which was dead last in the league. That was just a year after the team went 10-6 with a healthy Manning and everyone around the league got a look at just how valuable Manning was to the Colts that following year when he wasn’t there. When Manning went to Denver he continued his dominance and had the best season a quarterback has ever had at the professional level. Manning was able to throw for 55 touchdowns and 5,477 passing yards in 2013. Proving that the neck injury wasn’t enough from keeping Manning from being the player that he once was in Indianapolis. Now that Peyton has finally won his second Lombardi Trophy it’s clear that he has a legitimate case for being the best quarterback to ever play the game. Now after he retires he will be a first ballot Hall of Famer and could easily make the transition to successful General Manager or Coach. We will see what “the sheriff” does next in life, but you have to believe with his level of preparation and dedication he will certainly be effective in his next position in life.
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