Since Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is entering the final stretch of his career at 37 years old, he is continuously being asked about his legacy and where he stacks up in the greatest quarterback of all time discussion. Because it is a reoccurring question, Manning has taken some time to think about it.
“Any time, as John Elway once said, you like to kind of be on the conversation of someone talking about of some their favorite quarterbacks, that’s a nice compliment in itself,” Manning said.
It is so incredibly difficult to pinpoint a greatest of all time. There are different eras in which a player plays that is a factor. Some people want to base the entire argument on Super Bowl wins. There is just no scientific conclusion, which is what makes sports and sports debates great.
Manning was asked to list his top quarterbacks in history. Instead, he named a few quarterbacks and the traits he would take from them to build the perfect signal caller.
“I feel like I could probably describe the perfect quarterback with a little piece of everybody,” Manning said. “Take John Elway’s arm, Dan Marino’s release, I think Troy Aikman’s drop back, Brett Favre’s scrambling ability, Joe Montana’s two-minute poise. Naturally, my speed in there.”
The crack about Manning's speed was met with big laughs. More importantly, if someone was building the perfect quarterback, Manning's mind and eyes would be part of the equations. He is one of, if not the most cerebral quarterbacks to ever play the game. His knowledge before the snap allows him to gain significant advantages. Once he calls out the opposing defenses, he has the experience and sight to get the ball out to open wide receivers. He sees what the defense is doing, then exploits them.
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