It’s the debate that has lived on for years.
With Peyton Manning and Tom Brady trading blows for a place atop the NFL hierarchy over the past decade, many wondered, Who would come out on top, and would one of them be considered the top quarterback of all time?
Manning, a former Tennessee legend, has had plenty of supporters in his corner for a while, but getting his second championship win on Sunday in Super Bowl 50 might just put that question to rest, at least Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post thinks so.
When you break down the numbers, it’s hard to put up a rebuttal.
Manning hasn’t had the best postseason career, but in the regular season, there’s no denying the stats. When you take everything into perspective and look at his career as a whole, not many compare to what Manning has done.
Manning is the NFL’s all-time leader in career passing yards (71,940), single-season passing yards (5,477), career touchdown passes (539), single-season touchdown passes (55), single-game touchdowns (seven), wins (200) and Most Valuable Player awards (five), along with a host of other accomplishments.
Does that make him the best to ever take a snap?
Time will probably answer that for everyone.
However, there’s no denying the dominance that Manning has displayed throughout his brilliant football career. Whether it was throwing passes to his brother, Cooper, at Newman (New Orleans, La.) High School, setting SEC records at Tennessee or winning Super Bowls with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos, he always put on a show.
With his future in doubt, Manning might have had the storybook ending to a storybook career.
He’s not the player he used to be, but when Manning walked off the field at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, he did so as a winner. And no one can ever take that away from him.