Peyton Manning is among the greatest players in NFL history. His name is on the first or second line of nearly all the key passing records in NFL history, and there is little doubt about his ability to diagnose what the opposing defense is doing and then call the perfect play to defeat it.
Manning's career has been one of consistency and excellence. There are other quarterbacks who excelled at reading defenses, and there have been several quarterback who could come close to Manning in passing accuracy.
However, it's impossible to find a quarterback who has combined those two aspects as well as this future Hall of Famer.
Manning's ability to do whatever it takes to win made him the centerpiece in Indianapolis, and it has done the same in Denver for him. His toughness and intelligence have laid the groundwork for a stellar career that is replete with highlight-film plays.
Here's a look at the top five plays of his career.