Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is preparing to take on the New England Patriots this weekend in the AFC Championship game, as he looks to reach another Super Bowl and add another ring to his collection.
Manning has one Super Bowl ring and a Super Bowl MVP trophy to his name already, but Broncos president of football operations John Elway believes that his quarterback does not get the credit that he deserves for his Hall of Fame resume.
“He’s won a Super Bowl. For some reason he doesn’t seem to get the credit for having won one Super Bowl already,” Elway told the New York Daily News. “I think maybe the comparison is Tom going to five and Peyton having been to two and winning one, that may be it.
“Fair or not, that’s the way it is. As a quarterback, especially the level you’re at with Peyton, that’s what they are going to look at. If we can win a championship this year, it’s going to help with Peyton’s legacy. Even if we don’t, I think the year that he’s had this year is going to still help with his legacy. He’s had a tremendous year. For some reason, Peyton is not getting the credit — he’s been there twice and he got one. You get to the point where Peyton is, the greatness that he’s had, there is always someone trying to put chinks in the armor and that’s what they go after.”
Many consider Manning the best regular season quarterback that we have ever seen, but that is a bit of a slap because it discounts what he has been able to achieve throughout his career.
Manning did struggle in the postseason for a majority of his career, but this is a “what have you done for me lately” league and many can hush his critics by defeating the Patriots and then the NFC Champions at the Super Bowl in New Jersey.