It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t think Peyton Manning is one of the best quarterbacks of all time, but he’s much more than that to former Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer.
“This is certainly arguable, but in my mind, and in my very biased opinion, he’s the best that’s played the position in the game,” Fulmer said to FOX Sports’ Aaron Torres. “He’s done it in a lot of different ways. When he had a running game and when he didn’t. When he had a defense and when he didn’t. When he was on a great team and when he wasn’t.”
It’s no surprise to see that Manning’s former coach is in his corner with this debate, and statistically, it’s hard to disagree.
Many think Manning played in his final game last Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, and if he did, there’s not a better way to go out. However, Fulmer wonders how many Super Bowl titles Manning would have under his belt if he had an opportunity to play for a more consistent franchise over the past 18 seasons.
“I don’t think people put enough stock into the fact that he went to the Super Bowl with four different head coaches,” Fulmer said. “I don’t think that they put enough stock into the fact that he was almost always the best player on the team.
“What if he played for New England and (Bill) Belichick? And been in that consistent a program and with defenses around him like that? How many Super Bowls would he have won?”