Peyton Manning was a Hall of Fame-level quarterback throughout his NFL career. But how does his dominance compare to that of other top professional athletes over that time period?
Well, ESPN The Magazine recently named its most dominant athletes of the past two decades, and Manning fared quite well. He was ranked No. 3 overall behind Tiger Woods and LeBron James, and he was the highest ranked football player on the list.
The only other football player to make the top 20 was Manning’s old archrival — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who was ranked No. 20.
Manning is a two-time Super Bowl champion, winning one with the Indianapolis Colts and one with the Denver Broncos. He made the Pro Bowl 14 times and was named to the All-Pro team seven times. Manning was also a five-time MVP.
Manning’s illustrious career began at Tennessee, before he was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Colts in the 1998 NFL Draft.
It was a dominant athletic career by Manning that certainly won’t be forgotten, and it is definitely worthy of inclusion on ESPN The Magazine’s list. What’s next for Manning? Well, perhaps a career in television.
Here’s the full list of ESPN The Magazine’s most dominant athletes of the past two decades:
- Tiger Woods (golf)
- LeBron James (basketball)
- Peyton Manning (football)
- Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR)
- Roger Federer (tennis)
- Annika Sorenstam (golf)
- Michael Schumacher (F1 racing)
- Floyd Mayweather (boxing)
- Marta (soccer)
- Usain Bolt (track and field)
- Lionel Messi (soccer)
- Serena Williams (tennis)
- Lauren Jackson (basketball)
- Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer)
- Novak Djokovic (tennis)
- Allyson Felix (track and field)
- Barry Bonds (baseball)
- Mike Trout (baseball)
- Manny Pacquiao (boxing)
- Tom Brady (football)