Now if you want to talk legacy and play that lame Mt. Rushmore game with this guy, go right ahead. In fact, this is one of the few times, I’ll play along.
Is Manning one of the greatest QB’s ever? Absolutely. Hardest working QB ever? No doubt. Best prepared QB in league history? Unquestionably. Changed the way the position was played and thus the game itself? You know it. First ballot Hall of Famer? All day long.
So he has to be the best ever, right? The Goat. Umm, no.
Best regular season QB of all time, I’ll give you that. And while that sounds like a backhanded title, it’s still pretty badass.
If it’s Week 15, there’s no one in history you’d rather have leading your team. And if you look over all the great weapons the league has seen… Jerry Rice’s hands, Emmitt Smith’s legs, Ronnie Lott’s shoulders… Very few have ever messed dudes up like Peyton Manning’s dome. Some of the best athletes in the world spent weeks and months preparing for a chess match with Manning… And he made them look like fools.
And while he did that for 18 years… The problem is, he was often unable to do it after 17 weeks. That’s not to say he didn’t have any playoff success. He did. He lit up some very good teams in January. But he has some huge meltdowns himself. He had a ton 1-and-dones. And yes, he has two rings. And the second one is huge for him, even if he had next to nothing to do with it. And no, I can’t take his first from him, even if he beat Rex Grossman to get it and didn’t play that well in the process. But those two rings aren’t Joe Montana’s 4. Or Tom Brady’s 4.
And it says here, as great as Manning was, he still wasn’t those two.
And if you want to throw his 5 MVP’s in my face, just remember, that’s a regular season award. I’m not here to hate. But I’m also not here to anoint Peyt the Goat. Because he’s not that. One of the best ever, but not THEE best.
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