The Indianapolis Colts nearly have the entire Peyton Manning weekend in the books. His statue unveiling went off without a hitch and Manning will have his jersey retired and be enshrined into the Colts ring of honor today.
Peyton has literally transformed Indiana from a basketball state into a football state. He’s given a small market a huge platform, built Lucas Oil Stadium through years of, both, amazing quarterback play and endless giving and support to the structure of the city itself.
When we think back on the career that made us all Peyton Manning fans, NFL media has released their compilation of Manning’s top-10 career moments. Regardless of how closely you remember each and every great moment of — who I deem — the most impactful quarterback to ever play the game, there are hundreds that could be shoved into any top-10 list.
NFL media’s list is as follows:
10. Manning’s first career win as a starter | 1998
9. Manning’s first win over brother Eli Manning in “Manning Bowl” | 2006
8. First career win versus Tom Brady | 2005
7. Manning sets Colts franchise record with 6 passing touchdowns | 2003
6. Manning sets single-season passing touchdown record — 49 | 2004
5. Manning leads Colts back from 17-point deficit to beat Patriots | 2009
4. Manning’s first career playoff win | 2003
3. Manning leads Colts back from 21-point deficit versus Buccanneers | 2003
2. Manning leads Colts back from 17-point deficit in 2006 AFCCG to beat Patriots
1. Manning’s Super Bowl MVP performance in Super Bowl XLI | Feb. 4, 2007
This, however, is as good a list as any out there and almost provokes a tear as we reminisce on just how great Manning actually was here in Indianapolis. Enjoy!
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