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Before you destroy me on the comment boards or write this article off, read what I write first and hear where I'm coming from.
Peyton Manning will go down as one of the best quarterbacks ever. If you were to go to a build-a-quarterback store, he's the model you would create your personalized quarterback after.
Secondly, Manning (obviously) is a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame. He's also broken countless records and could break several more if he laces them up again, but can't we all admit we've gotten just a little carried away over the years?
And yes, I'm aware the Indianapolis Colts went 2-14 without him this season.
The problem is that those records are regular-season records, not postseason records. If Manning were to retire this offseason, I'd make the argument he could possibly be bumped out of the top 10 quarterbacks in history based on playoff success.
Unlike his brother, Peyton has not been clutch when it counts the most. Great numbers and a bunch of wins during the regular season are nice and all, but rings are what separate the haves and have-nots in the NFL.
Manning's 9-10 in the playoffs. For the majority of his postseason career, Manning has played at home. However, when he's forced to leave Indianapolis he's only 3-6 on the road or at a neutral field.
He may have all the accolades in the world during the regular season, but when you discuss the best quarterbacks of all time you start the discussion with rings and famous postseason moments.
Manning's got one ring and only has a couple memorable moments to bring to that discussion.
Justin Sparks is a NFL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report @JustinSparks22