Aaron Rodgers vs. Peyton Manning: Who Is the Better TV Personality?
For years Peyton Manning has dominated every other quarterback in the NFL in terms of marketability. He's cranked out dozens of hilarious commercials year after year after year. His stint on Saturday Night Live will forever be the gold standard by which athletes are measured comedically.
But for the first time, Manning has a real competitor. Aaron Rodgers seems just as comfortable in front of a camera, and even has his own signature TV move: the discount double check.
But is Rodgers on Manning's level yet? Well, we're about to find out.
Quantity of Commercials
As good as Rodgers is in his All State commercials, he simply doesn't have the quantity to hold up to Manning in this category.
His only major endorsements right now are with All State and Associated Bank.
Manning on the other hand has done pretty much everything. Here's just a partial list of companies he has endorsed at some point or another: Oreo, MasterCard, Gatorade, Sprint, DirecTV and Nerf. I'm sure there are plenty more that I'm forgetting.
Oh, and Manning twice graced the cover of the old NFL video game series, NFL Fever.
Rodgers doesn't currently have a video game cover to his name.
Quality of Commercials
This category is a lot tougher to judge.
Rodgers discount double check commercial is not only hilarious, it has become an iconic move for athletes of multiple sports.
New York Knicks' Steve Novak often copies the move after a made three-pointer.
Not to be outdone, Manning is stellar in nearly every commercial he does. I'm particularly fond of his MasterCard commercials, but with him it's really a matter of opinion.
This category is a draw. Manning is so consistently great that you can't fault him for not having a signature move like Rodgers does with the discount double check, but Rodgers has one iconic commercial compared to dozens of great ones from Manning.
That has to mean something.
Where Rodgers really lacks, at least at the moment, is in his versatility.
He always goes to the discount double check in every commercial, and it has become a crutch for him on the field as well. We've seen the move for the last two years Aaron, it's time to show us something new!
Manning's versatility is incredible. He's been great as an enthusiastic fan shouting "cut that meat" to a butcher, and has been even better as a sarcastic, condescending in his series of "priceless pep talks", and that was all for the same company!
Until we see that type of versatility out of Rodgers he can't be on Manning's level.
Saturday Night Live
If you haven't seen Peyton Manning's legendary Saturday Night Live performance (and it's been several years, shame on you if you haven't) go watch it.
His United Way commercial parody ranks among the greatest SNL skits ever. Think about that, this is known as one of the funniest shows of all time and has existed for over 30 years. That's pretty impressive.
Rodgers hasn't appeared on SNL yet, but his reasoning is sound. He says he doesn't want to do it until he feels like he can commit the time and energy necessary to do it right. In other words, he wants his SNL appearance to be like Peyton's, not Eli's.
I expect a great performance from Rodgers once he does go on SNL, but until then, he can't top Peyton's fantastic job. In fact, we'll probably never see an athlete do as well on SNL as Peyton did.
I can't deny Peyton. He's just too good, he's been doing it for too long, and he's so consistently funny that placing the young Rodgers ahead of him as a TV personality just doesn't seem fair.
However, Manning is on the decline. His commercial appearances are plummeting and Rodgers seems poised to replace him.
Don't be surprised to see Rodgers start appearing in more commercials as the next few years go by. He's in a position to claim Manning's coveted spot as Madison Avenue's go-to NFL guy.
Until that day comes, this spot belongs to Peyton.