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How Will Peyton Manning Be Remembered?

Submitted by on February 3, 2014 – 3:35 pmNo Comment

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Peyton Manning is among the greatest regular season quarterbacks of all-time. His record breaking 2013-14 campaign provided further proof of his placement with the likes of Dan Marino, Steve Young, John Elway and Tom Brady. However, after a vicious 43-8 drubbing at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl, Manning’s legacy once again comes into question.

Fair or unfair, Manning’s legacy as a great regular season quarterback and an average post season quarterback is something that he cannot avoid. He may have been able to avoid the discussion somewhat if the Broncos hadn’t gotten completely annihilated by the Seahawks. But they were toasted, and Manning, who commandeered the #1 offense in the NFL, turned in a total quarterback rating of 24.4 when it mattered most. With the loss, he fell to 1-2 in Super Bowls and 11-12 overall in the playoffs. For a quarterback as great as Peyton Manning has been, this is unacceptable.

Calling him a choke artist may be a bit harsh, but it has become a legitimate concern for Manning. However, by comparison, John Elway was stomped out in three Super Bowl tries before he finally won, and he has not been remembered for his failures as much as for his victories. But Elway left us as a winner. Manning, as of right now, might leave the game as a loser.

He may be the regular season record holder for passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55), but you cannot ignore his inability to win when it counts most. Super Bowl rings do not make a quarterback great; just ask Trent Dilfer. However, when you are as accomplished as Peyton Manning has been, you will be judged.

Something tells me that this isn’t the last time we will see Peyton Manning in a Super Bowl. He just needs to win another one to quiet the naysayers that continue to question his greatness.

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