Manning continues to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL today, 12 years after being drafted at No. 1.
He came out of Tennessee their best quarterback in school history, and completely turned the Colts around.
His rookie year was a failure at first glance, as Indy went 3-13. But that was largely due to the failure of a defense as Manning set five rookie records.
In 1999, the Colts finished 13-3, marking the biggest turnaround in NFL history. Manning threw for over 4,000 yards, and nearly won the Super Bowl that year.
2000, 2001, and 2002 were dud years, as the Colts proved very inconsistent throughout, and never made it past the wild card.
However 2003 was really when Manning broke out. He won the MVP award, and lost what would be the first of many New England/ Indianapolis AFC title games.
2004 was a repeat story. He won the MVP, the Pro Bowl MVP, but fell short to New England when it counted.
In 2005 the Colts lost in the divisional round of the playoffs, but Manning once again went to the Super Bowl. Shaun Alexander just slightly beat out Manning for the MVP.
2006 was the year of Manning. It began with an Eli vs. Peyton battle, which the Colts won over the Giants. Later, in the conference championship, Indy overcame a 21-3 New England lead to make a monster comeback.
From there they beat the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI, and Manning was named MVP. Manning also set several records during the regular season.
In 2008, he won his third MVP award, though they fell short against San Diego again in the playoffs.
2009 saw Peyton set a new record with an outstanding four MVP awards. The Colts made it to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2006, but lost to the "Christ Breesus" led New Orleans Saints 31-17.
It's debatable that Manning is the best quarterback of all time. He certainly ranks up with Brett Favre, John Elway, Dan Marino, Johnny Unitus...but that's an argument for a different day.
Manning currently holds the Colts records for career wins, passing yards, passing touchdowns, passing attempts, passing completions, and is the fastest quarterback to ever reach 10 and 30,000 yards passing. There's so many records he holds it's not even funny.
There's no question he's headed to Canton, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him win another Super Bowl before retiring.
Accomplishments: 12 seasons in NFL (not retired), 10 time Pro Bowler, Four time NFL MVP, multiple NFL records, Super Bowl XLI MVP, NFL 2000's all decade team
Conclusion: No doubt a BOOM, the man completely turned around the Colts as a team.