It seems as though every decade in the NFL has two quarterbacks that stand out from the rest and seem to always be battling to be the best.
The 1960s had Bart Starr and Johnny Unitas. The 1970s had Terry Bradshaw and Fran Tarkenton. The 80's belonged to Joe Montana and Dan Marino. The 90's gave us Troy Aikman and Brett Favre. Somewhere down the line, we may be saying this about Joe Flacco and Aaron Rodgers in the 2010s.
The stories of these two men began in very different ways. Peyton was a celebrated first overall pick in 1998 who came into the league as a favorite son and was pegged for a great career before he took one snap. Tom came into the league as Mr. Irrelevant, as he was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft, 199th overall.
Fast forward to 2011, and between them these two have six MVP awards, seventeen playoff appearances, eight AFC championship game berths, six Super Bowl starts, and four Lombardi trophies.
To hear their fingers tell the story, Tom Brady was the better quarterback. Brady won three Super Bowls and Manning won only one. Some people will use this stat as their only basis for who is better. But the quarterback does not win or lose the Super Bowl. It takes fifty-three men on the field and many other men on the sidelines to win a trophy. I do not use this stat as a measuring stick of who is better.
If you are interested in how I do see it, then sit back and enjoy the ride. It should be fun.