Who Will End Up To Be the Best Manning?

Mike KentSenior Writer IAugust 19, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws a pass against the Carolina Panthers on December 21, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Many of you may think I am nuts for even thinking about it, others already know I am nuts.

But I would love to ask the question, who will end up to be the best Manning?

It's easier to look at the ones who are done, so let's take a look.

I think we can all agree that father Archie Manning is not really in the race. He was Ok. But he never won a Super Bowl and his QB rating is in the 60s.

Some may look at it as he has two great NFL QB sons that each won a Super Bowl, so he is the biggest winner.

Older brother Cooper Manning never actually played in the NFL, I think that takes him out of the race.

Now it comes down to the two that are still in the race, Eli and Peyton.

There are two things they have in common.

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1. Both drafted in first pick of first round.

2. Both won Super Bowls

That makes them both great QB's, not many NFL players can say they won a Super Bowl.

To look in to the Eli vs Peyton battle, I think it would be smart to look at where older brother Peyton was when he was Eli's age.

Let's go look at Peyton five years ago at age 28 vs Eli today.

Eli has won a Super Bowl, Peyton had not

That is a very big thing in football and winning the Super Bowl MVP award.

Taking your team to the Super Bowl at age 26 is not something we should underrate.

On the other side of the NFL, Peyton won his second MVP award at age 28, the Colts made the playoffs both times but did not go far in to them.

And Peyton would throw for at least 4000 yards for season before the age of 28; Eli has not done it even once.

I would give the edge to Peyton Manning. I think Eli is going to win at least one more Super Bowl, while I do not know about Peyton.

But I do not think Eli is going to win three MVP awards and throw for at least 4000 yards for nine seasons like Peyton—maybe six or seven but not as much as his older brother.

And let's not forget that a career QB rating of 97.7 is hard to beat.

I love Eli, and this article is not to take anything away from him.

It's just the opposite; he is in the race with one of the games best: Peyton Manning.

The one thing we can all agree on is that the Manning family is amazing.

Two star QB's for two great teams.

The race is close, and I would love to know what you think.


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