Jim Brown, The Great Johnny Unitas, Brett Favre and our very own Peyton Manning all have 1 thing in common. 3 time league MVP.
Drafted number 1 overall by the Indianapolis Colts in 1998, Peyton Manning has more than lived up to his draft status causing media everywhere to denounce his greatness.
In his rookie season he set 5 NFL rookie records including most TDs in a season by a rookie QB. In his second year he threw for 4,135 yards. In 11 seasons with the colts he has thrown for over 4000 yards 9 times missing the mark only in his rookie season and again in 2005 where he was sat to rest after the Colts had clinched.
Since drafting Peyton in 98, the Colts have had the highest conversion rate on 3rd down (44.6%) and 4th down (61.1%) plays out of every team in the league. When leading the Colts to their Super Bowl victory in 06, Manning set a NFL record by converting 56.1% of his 3rd downs in the regular season. Peyton Mannings passing is anything but ordinary. He currently leads the league in most "Perfect Passer Rating games" with 4. He career passer rating of 94.7 is ranked first among active quarterbacks and only 2nd all time (Steve Young).
In 2004, Peyton Manning broke the NFL single season passing TD record with 49 TDs which had stood since 1983. He broke the record while Edge rushed for 1500 yards and also did not play the following game where he could have indeed extended the record some more. IF he had extented his record then a certain QB would not have been able to break it on the last play in the last game of the season.
Anyways where was I? Peyton Manning of course. So I tell you Peyton Manning did this and did that and you say "He chokes in the playoffs etc etc". Well sir or madam, has your quarterback threw for 400+ yards in multiple playoff games and won them both? Does your quarterback have the highest quarterback rating in postseason 400 yard games? No he does not because only Peyton Manning does. Most Quarterbacks will never see a Lombardi trophy, so I say be grateful with 1.
Passers pass. Peyton passing is purely picturesque. Enough alliteration. Peyton has had 9 career 400 yard games passing. 2nd all time behind Dan Marino. 2 in the postseason tied for 1st.
So enough of all the fancy smancy stat crap. Peyton is the best not just because of what he does on the field but also off the field. Sometime after Peytons football career started at Indy, he created his own charity, The Peyback Foundation. This taken from Wiki "The Peyback Foundation's mission is to help disadvantaged kids, and focuses its efforts in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Indiana. On September 6, 2007, St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis renamed its children's hospital to "Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent." Manning and his wife made a donation of an undisclosed amount to St. Vincent's and have had a relationship with the hospital since his arrival in Indianapolis."
Peytons passing is purely picturesque pretty much putting Peytons philathropy out the picture. Pity.
People don't see this side of Peyton when hes using his laser rocket arm to throw to Dallas and Reggie. Its rare to find someone who has alot of talent on AND off the field.
It could take me forever to name all of Peytons awards so Wiki will help here too.
- NFL MVP (2003 (shared with Steve McNair), 2004, 2008)
- Best NFL Player ESPY Award(2004, 2005)
- 9-Time Pro Bowl Selection (1999–2000, 2002–2008)
- 4-Time First Team All-Pro(2003, 2004, 2005, 2008)
- 3-Time Second Team All-Pro(1999, 2000, 2006)
- Bert Bell Award (2003, 2004)
- 1998 NFL All-Rookie First Team
- 2004 AFC Offensive Player of the Year
- 2004 Fedex Express Player of the Year
- 2005 Best Record-Breaking Performance ESPY Award
- 2005 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award
- 2005 Byron "Whizzer" White Humanitarian Award
- 2005 Pro Bowl MVP
- 2007 Super Bowl MVP
- 2007 Best Championship Performance ESPY Award
Additionally, Manning has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month three times (9/2003, 11/2004, 10/2006) and Offensive Player of the Week on 19 occasions (18 AFC, 1 NFL/playoff).
Its safe to say he has enough awards to cover his forehead.
Ya know what? Instead of reading my post just wiki the man.
Records, records, records from Wikipedia
Manning holds a number of individual career records:
- Most seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards: 9 (1999–2004, 2006–2008)
- Most consecutive seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards: 6 (1999–2004)
- Most consecutive seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes: 11 (1998–2008; current)
- Most games with a perfect passer rating, career: 4 (includes 1 playoff game)
- Most consecutive games started to open a career by a quarterback (current): 176
- Highest passer rating, season: 121.1 (2004)
- Most consecutive games with at least 2 touchdown passes: 13 (games 1–13, 2004)
- Most consecutive games with at least 4 touchdown passes: 5 (games 7–11, 2004)
- Most games with at least 4 touchdown passes (season, 2004): 6 (tied with 1984 Marino)
- Most games with at least 5 touchdown passes, career: 7 (includes 1 playoff game)
- Highest career TDs/game average for any QB with at least 150 TDs: 1.90 TDs/game
- Highest career passing yards/game average: 260.2
- Highest career completions/game average (min. 100 games played): 21.7
- Most consecutive games with a passer rating over 100: 9 (games 5–13 of 2004 season; record tied by Carson Palmer, 2004–05 and Tom Brady, 2006–07)
- Most seasons with 12+ wins as a starter (regular season only): 7 (1999, 2003–2008)
- Only QB with at least 12 wins as a starter in 6 consecutive seasons (2003–2008)
- First QB to defeat the other 31 teams in the regular season (Tom Brady did this later the same day, and Brett Favre did it the following week)
- Most 300+ yard passing games: 6 (tied with Joe Montana)
- Most 400+ yard passing games: 2 (tied with Dan Marino)
- Most yards passing, 1st half of game: 360 vs. Denver Broncos, 1/9/05
- Led the biggest comeback in conference championship game history (18 pts), 1/21/07 vs. New England
- One of only four QB's to post a perfect 158.3 rating in a game (Don Meredith, Terry Bradshaw, Dave Krieg)
- One of only three QB's to complete 30 or more passes in 2 playoff games (Warren Moon, Tom Brady)
- Most consecutive games with 20+ completions: 7 (tied w/Tom Brady)
- Most passing attempts: 575
- Most completions: 326
- Most passing yards: 3,739
- Most touchdown passes: 26
- Most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (games 4–16): 13
With Marvin Harrison
Manning and Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison hold a number of QB-WR tandem records:
- Most completions (career): 971
- Most passing/receiving yards (career): 13,090
- Most passing/receiving touchdowns (career): 110
Pro Bowl records
- Most passing attempts (career): 150
- Most passing attempts (game): 41 (2004)
- Most completions (career): 92
- Most completions (game): 22 (2004)
- Most passing yards (career): 1,278
- Most passing yards (game): 342 (2004)
- Most passing touchdowns (career): 13
Colts franchise records
Damn I love this man.
Peyton is purely the epitomy of passing. Period
p.s Wiki is wicked help when worshipping wubbed wones