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Eli calls Peyton the best he’s ever seen, draws cheers in Indy

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Eli Manning doesn’t seem to be getting sick of all the questions about his brother.

Seated at a podium at Lucas Oil Stadium, where big brother Peyton Manning has called home, Eli was asked repeatedly about whether Peyton will keep playing and if so where that might be, and Eli answered every question eagerly, with praise for what Peyton has already accomplished.

“Peyton has had an unbelievable career and in my opinion is the best I’ve ever seen play football,” Eli said. “My goal is to get to his level of play. That’s something I’ve worked on.”

That drew loud cheers from the more than 7,000 fans who purchased tickets to attend Media Day, many of them wearing Peyton Manning jerseys. Colts fans know they need to take every opportunity they get to cheer Peyton at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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  1. gpete1962 says: Jan 31, 2012 12:51 PM

    Class Act !!!

  2. mbsbjb3 says: Jan 31, 2012 12:52 PM

    Peyton is one of the best to ever do it, but Eli is coming into his own. Come Monday after Eli owns two superbowl victory/MVPs, people will begin to speculate on how Maybe Eli is the best we have ever seen. Get Emmm

  3. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jan 31, 2012 12:52 PM

    You may be better after you win Sunday. Smarter? No, but better, yes.

  4. southbeachtalent says: Jan 31, 2012 12:53 PM

    Both these guys are class acts. Archie should be proud.

  5. boopipes says: Jan 31, 2012 12:54 PM

    Eli is a class act, which is hard to believe based of who raised him.

  6. bostonsports11 says: Jan 31, 2012 12:54 PM

    Eli best we have ever seen after 2 rings? Come on man that’s absurd.

  7. croghan1919 says: Jan 31, 2012 12:55 PM

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

  8. southbeachtalent says: Jan 31, 2012 12:57 PM

    You guys saying that he will be better than Peyton if he wins don’t truly understand the game. Eli is great, but Peyton is a legend. I have never seen a QB as talented as Peyton, never. And I’m a dolphin fan.

    Andrew Luck may be good but I predict he will be no where near Peyton.

    This is a team game, one guy can’t do it all. Unless your Peyton….. (see 2011 colts)

  9. jimmysimpson55 says: Jan 31, 2012 12:58 PM

    I like the Mannings. They are both family men devoted to their wives, while Tom Brady is a baby daddy with illegitimate child that he made when cheating on someone.

  10. joetoronto says: Jan 31, 2012 12:59 PM

    He really is a class act.

    I felt bad for him yesterday, answering question after question about his brother.

    That’s one hell of a big shadow,

  11. equtrader says: Jan 31, 2012 1:02 PM

    Peyton is the best ever above 32•

  12. bspurloc says: Jan 31, 2012 1:02 PM

    1 more ring and Eli is better
    1 up the older brother!

  13. obsession55 says: Jan 31, 2012 1:02 PM

    @ chapman_james

    So if Eli beats this Pats team with their pathetic defense, a team that Dan freakin Orlovsky put up over 30 points against, hes all of a sudden better than Peyton??

    Nice logic!

  14. 8man says: Jan 31, 2012 1:03 PM

    I’m getting the sense Peyton won’t play again. And whether you are fan of the Colts or not, being abruptly robbed of watching him compete is sad for all of us.

    Competitors like Peyton Manning don’t come around very often.

  15. sdboltaction says: Jan 31, 2012 1:03 PM

    He never saw Joe Montana play?

  16. bspurloc says: Jan 31, 2012 1:04 PM

    .
    Hope they do the Oreo commercial this year….

  17. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 31, 2012 1:04 PM

    Remember how everyone laughed at Eli several months ago when he referred to himself as an elite quarterback? Yeah, remember that?

    Who’s laughing now? (All I hear are crickets. Aka the building pause before applause.)

  18. staff2cj4td says: Jan 31, 2012 1:05 PM

    best comment of the day at media day was when Eli was asked if he missed being at the Pro-Bowl?…..he responded “no, I’d much rather be here obviously, but just as obvious was how out of place Cam Newton was at the Pro-Bowl, it was a shame Matthew Stafford wasn’t there with the year he had”

  19. johntonioholmes says: Jan 31, 2012 1:05 PM

    He’s the best I’ve ever seen, too.

  20. rushmatic says: Jan 31, 2012 1:05 PM

    I love how many Gmen and fans are already counting this as a win.

    I’m giddy at the thought of this game.

  21. dannyreneau says: Jan 31, 2012 1:05 PM

    I’m not a big Pats fan, but Eli annoys the crap outta me.

  22. jnbnet says: Jan 31, 2012 1:08 PM

    Yeah Goober…your parents like him better too.

  23. bigbluefan1 says: Jan 31, 2012 1:09 PM

    Payton
    Is by far the best ever
    Eli with many many years ahead of him my so day be a better QB

    Payton is one of a kind he was the OC for the Colts
    The only player coach in the NFL

  24. bozosforall says: Jan 31, 2012 1:09 PM

    bostonsports11 says:
    Jan 31, 2012 12:54 PM
    Eli best we have ever seen after 2 rings? Come on man that’s absurd.

    ___
    Joe Montana…UNDEFEATED in FOUR Super Bowls. The…Best…Ever.

  25. gmen1987 says: Jan 31, 2012 1:09 PM

    Over or under that within some hour some goob fan will be saying this means that Elway will sign Peyton Manning to replace Tebow.

  26. kisstherings says: Jan 31, 2012 1:10 PM

    Come Monday, all Peyton will have to do is win 3 more titles to be considered the best ever.

    Note to Eli: your teammates have been blabbing all week, you don’t have to give the Best QB of all time any extra motivation this week. Shut your yap.

  27. prior0knowledge says: Jan 31, 2012 1:13 PM

    Sorry, but no one matches Joe Montana.

  28. chrissfiss says: Jan 31, 2012 1:17 PM

    Bug brother! Good job

  29. chrissfiss says: Jan 31, 2012 1:17 PM

    Yeap!

  30. bobhk says: Jan 31, 2012 1:18 PM

    bostonsports11 says:
    Jan 31, 2012 12:54 PM
    Eli best we have ever seen after 2 rings? Come on man that’s absurd.

     ———–

    Yet we get the same absurd statements from pats fans about brady after 3 rings. There ARE players with more rings and championships.

  31. pastabelly says: Jan 31, 2012 1:20 PM

    Do you think Tom Brady would ever do this?

    Peyton Manning is such a class act that he tea bagged a female trainer when he was at Tennessee, got away with it, and then wrote a book degrading the woman. After the incident, Tennessee paid her $300,000 settlement. After the Manning book came out, he also had to settle with her for an “undisclosed amount”. Yeah, he’s a real class act. Even if you excuse the teabagging in college as a disgusting action by a young self absorbed kid, his actions years later by degrading her in the book is classless. Before anyone tries to go off on Tom Brady for an unintended pregrancy and says that Manning is some sort of gentleman, you may want to think twice.

  32. stoutfiles says: Jan 31, 2012 1:21 PM

    Let’s not say stupid things about SB rings equaling greatness.

    Terry Bradshaw has 4 SB rings, but no one is saying he’s the best. Marino has 0 SB rings, and he is in the discussion. Rings are important, but let’s not forget this is a team game and it takes more than a good QB to win it all.

  33. bspurloc says: Jan 31, 2012 1:23 PM

    .
    I dont trust Eli he goes into funks throwing balls at Feet passing to the other team….
    throws the ball up for grabs if he flustered….

    and then SOMETIMES he goes lights out….
    2 Rings negates the funks but still… so hard to watch him play…

  34. philtration says: Jan 31, 2012 1:31 PM

    Eli will never be as good a QB as his brother and there is nothing wrong with that.

    Let him be Eli Manning and accept him for the player and man that he is based on his own merits.
    He can win his 2nd Super Bowl ring next week and if that is as far as he goes in the NFL then that is more than good enough.

  35. deadeye says: Jan 31, 2012 1:32 PM

    Peyton might be the best Eli has ever seen, but Brady is better than both of them.

  36. gcsuk says: Jan 31, 2012 1:32 PM

    rushmatic says: Jan 31, 2012 1:05 PM

    I love how many Gmen and fans are already counting this as a win.

    I’m giddy at the thought of this game.
    ———————————————————————

    Oh yeah, don’t see any Patriots fans on here predicting a blowout victory. They have too much class.

  37. tikyle says: Jan 31, 2012 1:34 PM

    So basically what everyone is saying is:

    Eli 2 means he’s a better QB than Peyton 1.

    So in essence everyone is saying that Big Ben 2 is a better QB than say an Aaron Rodger, Drew Brees or Peyton Manning all with 1.

  38. pabillsfan says: Jan 31, 2012 1:36 PM

    I’m not a fan of the Giants or the Colts, and I may not be right in saying this, because Eli may very well get his second ring this sunday, however I could never, in my mind, compare Eli to Peyton. I will always see Peyton as one of the best / smartest players to EVER play the game. I just can’t get myself to do that with Eli. I can easily say that Eli has definitely improved over the years, but he is no Peyton. I’d take an injured Peyton over half the quarterback’s in the league. Peyton will always be the man!

  39. irishjugalo says: Jan 31, 2012 1:37 PM

    Todd Marinovich is the best QB there ever was. He just never got placed in the right system.

  40. kevpft says: Jan 31, 2012 1:39 PM

    In my view, Eli’s a very good QB, but will never be better than Peyton. Despite only winning one Super Bowl, Peyton Manning is unquestionably one of the very best QBs, and arguably the very best QB, of all time.

    Eli has the good fortune of being an excellent QB on an excellent team with an excellent coach, with those supporting parts working especially well in the postseason. Peyton never had those advantages. His Colts teams have always been unbalanced, often mediocre in one important aspect or another, and he never had a great coach. Put him on the Giants, and I bet he’d have 3 Super Bowl rings by now.

    It’s a great shame to me that Colts team leadership never managed to put the right pieces in place for a multi-championship team. The flaws were glaring, but they never seemed to get it. I’m sure they’re all proud of themselves for bringing a SB win to the city, but they should instead be ashamed for squandering the potential of one of the all-time greats.

  41. lphboston says: Jan 31, 2012 1:39 PM

    Peyton was awesome, no doubt. Pats beating him was almost like winning an in-season Super Bowl. But playing all his home games indoors inflated his numbers somewhat, kind of like Red Sox hitters playing 81 games at Fenway. Manning was (is?) not the same playing outdoors in bad weather.

    Cut that meat.

  42. tomcan8 says: Jan 31, 2012 1:41 PM

    Eli just misses playing tummy sticks with Peyton

  43. damnsureis says: Jan 31, 2012 1:42 PM

    What does Archie think?

  44. supremeomega says: Jan 31, 2012 1:45 PM

    Peyton is a top 5 but NOT the best…look at his playoff record many if those games at home. Other Colts fans want to blame Polian/Dungy for the early exits but I think the blame is shared.

    The notion that Peyton was a victim of bad coaching GMing for the duration of his carrer and carried a pathetic team is false. Yes in recent years They were not very good with Peyton doing all the lifting but when he had Harrison and James and Sanders was healthy they were thebmos talented team in the league and they frequently got smashmouthed by New England Pittsburgh and San Diego.

    He just didn’t make enough plays in the playoffs to be the best…

    And I am a loyal Colts fan for 30 years

  45. t16rich says: Jan 31, 2012 1:53 PM

    He obviously hasnt seen Ryan Leaf

  46. geniusesq says: Jan 31, 2012 1:58 PM

    Another ring will not make Eli better. Peyton is probably one of the Top 5 QBs of All Time. Roethlisberger has more rings, but nobody serious about football would call him a better QB than Peyton.

    The fact that he went to 2 Superbowls and won 1 with that roster is a testament to his greatness.

  47. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 31, 2012 1:59 PM

    bozosforall says: Jan 31, 2012 1:09 PM

    “Joe Montana…UNDEFEATED in FOUR Super Bowls.”
    ======

    So was Terry Bradshaw, only he did it first.
    Just sayin’.

  48. tjacks7 says: Jan 31, 2012 2:15 PM

    twitter:Chapman_Jamie says:
    Jan 31, 2012 12:52 PM

    You may be better after you win Sunday. Smarter? No, but better, yes.

    ————

    More superbowl wins doesn’t equal a better player. That’s like saying Spergyn Wynn is as good as Dan Marino because they have the same number of Superbowl wins. Illogical and dilusional.

  49. weepingjebus says: Jan 31, 2012 2:16 PM

    Peyton has a losing record in the playoffs.

  50. jicjak says: Jan 31, 2012 2:19 PM

    Silliness. Brady gets his fourth ring come Sunday, and probably a fifth before he packs it in. The best the NFL has ever seen.

  51. detroitcityryda says: Jan 31, 2012 2:38 PM

    I think Eli is the best 4th quarter qb in the league I rather have him then Aaron Rodgers when it’s crunch time .as a lions fan I’m def pulling for the giants clearly they’re the underdog and will win this SB because they want it more having been through two tough away games,while pats just got lucky on a missed fg.

  52. hairpie says: Jan 31, 2012 2:39 PM

    How good would Peyton have been if he didnt play 90% of his games in a climate controlled dome with a hand picked all star team on offense.

  53. nyfan63 says: Jan 31, 2012 2:42 PM

    I’m a Giants fan and I love Eli. But Peyton isn’t the best ever, neither is Brady or Montana and certainly not Eli himself. Best ever? Otto Graham. Played QB for the Cleveland Browns for 10 years, in those 10 years how many championship games did he lead his team to? Not 4, or 5 but 10! Winning 7 of them! Can’t be matched.

  54. kelly8791 says: Jan 31, 2012 2:43 PM

    Peyton is the best ever!!! Or at least of his generation. It’s not really even a debate.

    Outside of New England, the vast majority of NFL insiders–coaches, scouts, GMs, and players–have said that Peyton, when he’s healthy, is head and shoulders above everyone else.

  55. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 31, 2012 2:44 PM

    For some reason, no matter how old Eli Gets every time I see him do an interview, he reminds me of a goofy 8 year old trapped in a mans body? just me?

  56. blargh9 says: Jan 31, 2012 2:46 PM

    rushmatic says: Jan 31, 2012 1:05 PM

    I love how many Gmen and fans are already counting this as a win.

    I’m giddy at the thought of this game.

    jicjak says: Jan 31, 2012 2:19 PM

    Silliness. Brady gets his fourth ring come Sunday, and probably a fifth before he packs it in. The best the NFL has ever seen.
    —————————–
    @rushmatic:
    clearly NO pats fans are counting this game as a win…why can’t you understand the concept that fans of both teams believe that their teams can win 1 more game?

  57. marinephinfan says: Jan 31, 2012 2:47 PM

    Super Bowl rings = TEAM accomplishments

    Brady has played on better TEAMS than Peyton. Bradshaw and Montana played on better TEAMS than Peyton.

    However, when you factor in INDIVIDUAL play…no better has done it better than Peyton. he will retire as a top 3-5 best QB of all time. Brady, Rothlisberger, Brees, Rivers nor any of the current “elite” QB’s in today’s game come close to Peyton. Peyton is an ALL-time great. Not a current great. Big difference.

  58. ryanindusblue says: Jan 31, 2012 2:52 PM

    I believe so.

  59. devikesfan says: Jan 31, 2012 3:04 PM

    What else do you expect Peyton’s BROTHER to say? He’s a little biased, don’t you think?
    Peyton’s very good, but let’s face it- he’d be the backup QB on the all-time Colts team, behind a guy who wore number 19…
    Oh BTW- the other QB playing this Sunday has three rings- one more than both Mannings combined.

  60. johntonioholmes says: Jan 31, 2012 3:05 PM

    No offense to Joe Montana, people, but his receivers made spectacular catches for him.

    Manning’s receivers generally closed their eyes and let the ball fall into their hands.

    Granted Manning played in an easier era than did Marino or Montana (although, 2011 was the easiest year EVER for QBs, and Manning missed that year), but I have yet to see a QB who was more precise and more knowledgeable about what the defense was doing.

    This is coming from a guy who did a corruption analysis of the NFL, which required a review of much of the game film since the 1958 Championship game.

    Manning did it the best.

  61. childressrulz says: Jan 31, 2012 3:08 PM

    Peyton Manning is FAR from the best ever. He might be top ten but even that is pushing it. Maybe if he keeps playing six or eight more years at the same level as in 06-08 but that won’t happen. A good career cut short. It really is too bad he never got to live up to his ability.

  62. bobhk says: Jan 31, 2012 3:13 PM

    FoozieGrooler says:
    Jan 31, 2012 1:59 PM
    bozosforall says: Jan 31, 2012 1:09 PM

    “Joe Montana…UNDEFEATED in FOUR Super Bowls.”
    ======

    So was Terry Bradshaw, only he did it first.
    Just sayin’.
    —————-
    As great as Bradshaw was no one will put him in the same class as Montana. The guy has no peers in excellence in the big game (ridiculous 127 rating in superbowls).
    Pretty much any lists of greatest QBs usually starts with Montana and Unitas in the first or second position.
    Even if Brady wins another one, does not catapult him ahead of these guys.

    But why does anyone have to be the greatest. I don’t think it’s really clear cut in any position except WR (where Rice is the greatest).
    I think Pats/non-Pats fans can be happy calling Brady as one of the greatest.

  63. lutz977 says: Jan 31, 2012 3:14 PM

    So when Eli was asked if Tom Brady was elite he said that he’s in the same class as him; but when asked about big bro he said he tries to work to get up to his level… so by default does that mean Eli thinks Peyton is better than Brady??

  64. bobhk says: Jan 31, 2012 3:43 PM

    johntonioholmes says:
    Jan 31, 2012 3:05 PM
    No offense to Joe Montana, people, but his receivers made spectacular catches for him.

    Manning’s receivers generally closed their eyes and let the ball fall into their hands.

    Granted Manning played in an easier era than did Marino or Montana (although, 2011 was the easiest year EVER for QBs, and Manning missed that year), but I have yet to see a QB who was more precise and more knowledgeable about what the defense was doing.

    This is coming from a guy who did a corruption analysis of the NFL, which required a review of much of the game film since the 1958 Championship game.

    Manning did it the best.
    —————
    No offense to Manning who I consider as one of the greatest, but to make dumb statements that his receivers made all the catches for him (montana) you’ve never seen him play.
    The guy routinely put the ball where rice and other could catch and run. He led the receivers very well. Besides, Montana did win before Rice arrived, thank you very much. None of his other receivers made HOF.

    To say that Montana made Rice, or Rice made Montana is just pure juvenile stuff. Both made each other.
    If your favorite QB did not have that opportunity then so be it. He can be great without them (e.g Elway)

  65. xrateplaya says: Jan 31, 2012 3:45 PM

    Eli will be one of the best in 2 years..Peyton manning always had good players around him… Harrison, Wayne, James in his prime.. Eli had crap until this year with no runnin game

  66. theandy59 says: Jan 31, 2012 3:47 PM

    Here we go again with the Brady vs. Manning debate. This has been dealt with ad nauseum, but for those who missed it, the facts are this:
    Brady in the playoffs is 16-5, Manning is 9-10. While many of those years Brady had a better defense, Manning always had a lot more weapons. When Brady was throwing to David Givens, Troy Brown, and Deion Branch, Manning was throwing to Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, and Dallas Clark. If you take Brady’s statistical results while playing indoors and extrapolate them over a full season of playing a minimum of 10 games inside or in warm weather, he exceeds Manning’s numbers. If you take Manning’s numbers outside and extrapolate them over a full season of playing a minimum of 10 games outside, and with a percentage of those in cold weather, Manning doesn’t come close to Brady.

    Peyton Manning is a great, great QB, and he’s in the discussion. Pointing out these facts doesn’t detract from that. If anything, he simply has had the misfortune of playing during a time that one of the greatest QB’s of all time was matched with one of the greatest coaches of all time. If the Patriots can beat the Giants on Sunday, the argument should finally be put to rest – Brady will have 4 rings to equal Montana and Bradshaw, and will stand alone as the only QB to ever start 5 Super Bowls. He will have done it with an inferior defense, and will be a circus fluke catch away from having 5 titles and a perfect season. And he’s not done yet.

  67. bozosforall says: Jan 31, 2012 3:47 PM

    kisstherings says:
    Jan 31, 2012 1:10 PM
    Come Monday, all Peyton will have to do is win 3 more titles to be considered the best ever.

    Note to Eli: your teammates have been blabbing all week, you don’t have to give the Best QB of all time any extra motivation this week. Shut your yap.

    ___
    Both Brady and Manning aren’t above Montana. Despite the weak ass protestation of you TB nutlickers.

  68. bozosforall says: Jan 31, 2012 3:49 PM

    blargh9 says:
    Jan 31, 2012 2:46 PM
    rushmatic says: Jan 31, 2012 1:05 PM

    I love how many Gmen and fans are already counting this as a win.

    I’m giddy at the thought of this game.

    jicjak says: Jan 31, 2012 2:19 PM

    Silliness. Brady gets his fourth ring come Sunday, and probably a fifth before he packs it in. The best the NFL has ever seen.
    —————————–
    @rushmatic:
    clearly NO pats fans are counting this game as a win…why can’t you understand the concept that fans of both teams believe that their teams can win 1 more game?

    ___
    PATS FAN OWNED

    Great job, blargh9.

  69. johntonioholmes says: Jan 31, 2012 4:16 PM

    According to many New England fans, Trent Dilfer was better than Dan Marino…

  70. kelly8791 says: Jan 31, 2012 4:36 PM

    To me, Peyton is the best because of his consistency. His career stats and record in the regular season are unmatched.

    I know no one will agree, but when it comes to defining a QB’s greatness, success in the playoffs and Super Bowl rings are, in reality, overrated.

    They matter, no question, but there are other things that matter more.

    The way I look at it, winning and losing in the playoffs is a fluke. It’s a single elimination tournament in which one bad break that’s totally out of a single player’s control may send you home. In fact, Peyton might not even have one ring if in the 2007 championship game an Addai fumble didn’t bounce into Jeff Saturday’s arms. Would that have changed Peyton’s legacy? I know that one ring changes perception, but does it really change the reality?

    What I’m in awe of is how he got his team to the playoffs 9 straight years. That’s an even more amazing accomplishment that two or three rings. The fact is, winning enough games year in year out is much harder and says much more about greatness than winning three or four straight every so often in the playoffs.

    But even if you think the playoffs are all that matter, think about this: how many of his regular season games were do or die? How many games did Peyton play in week 16 or 17 that he had to win, and how did he play in them? Aren’t they really playoff games too? I don’t know for sure, but I’d imagine he’s far and away better than everyone else in those situations, simply because he did, in fact, get his team to the playoffs all those years.

  71. devikesfan says: Jan 31, 2012 4:45 PM

    @theandy59-
    Great post; but John Elway also started 5 Super Bowls.

  72. 5f6a says: Jan 31, 2012 4:58 PM

    Eli must not have been allowed to watch Joe Montana. He’d never say that if he saw Joe.

    The rings don’t lie. Four Super Bowls. Four wins. Three Super Bowl MVPs.

    Peyton couldn’t carry Joe’s jock.

  73. 5f6a says: Jan 31, 2012 5:05 PM

    And by the way, Pats fans, neither could Brady.

    Joe stands alone and always will.

  74. bozosforall says: Jan 31, 2012 5:11 PM

    @kelly8791

    Even GREATER post; but you will never convince the obnoxious New England idiots of this. They just can’t deal with anything that is better than what they have. The most insecure, self-centered, loudmouthed bunch of losers-in-life on the planet.

  75. johntonioholmes says: Jan 31, 2012 9:45 PM

    5f6a

    Dude, have you ever watched Montana? The guy is big-time, no doubt, but the one thing that I always noticed is HOW ATHLETIC HIS RECEIVERS WERE.

    Those guys made great catches for him. He knew how to lead his team and he made the right reads on the field, but his receivers made those plays.

    Marvin Harrison used to run straight and hold his arms out in front of his body and let the ball fall directly into his hands.

    Take note of the receiver on the next sideline route you see. 90% of the time, they make a slight adjustment on their route to catch the ball and either slow down, jump, or cut inward. Manning’s receivers almost never broke stride to catch the ball. 90% of the time, if they were on route, it was a catch.

    Ever wonder why New England used to always beat the Colts? Look at Ty Law holding Marvin Harrison in those classic games . Harrison was not like Calvin Johnson–he wasn’t going to out jump you or out-physical you at the line. The thing that made Harrison good is that he was a good route-runner. If he’s off of his route, the precision passing game is no more.

    No body does it like Manning.

  76. devikesfan says: Feb 1, 2012 12:08 AM

    @johntonioholmes-
    If you have indeed studied game film since the ’58 Championship, then you are well aware of Johnny Unitas.
    Unitas held virtually every QB record there was at the time he retired- and he never played in a sixteen game season; nor did he benefit from the rules protecting QBs that today’s players do.
    I stand by my earlier statement that PManning, as good as he is, would still be the backup to this guy on the all-time Colts team.
    As good as they are, Montana and Manning just don’t compare to Johnny U.
    Or to Otto Graham.

  77. stoutfiles says: Feb 1, 2012 12:28 AM

    When Brady got hurt, Matt Cassel in and managed 10 wins. Brady is good but he is a system QB.

    When Peyton got hurt, the team went 2-14 and these so called elite receivers that Peyton has did nothing. Could it be that Peyton makes everyone around him look good?

  78. muhangis says: Feb 1, 2012 1:15 AM

    This is news??…… It’s his freakin brother!!!!

  79. chefjayson says: Feb 1, 2012 1:52 AM

    For those of you that wouldn’t at least put Peyton in the discussion as the GOAT because he only has 1 ring…you fail to realize 1 very important aspect of the game of football. The TEAM! Winning a SuperBowl is a team accomplishment. That’s why they all get rings and not just the qbs. Bill Polian put mediocre talent on offense and let Peyton make them stars. No offensive line to speak of. And absolutely no defense. Take Brady away from his all-pro offensive line or Montana away from Rice and Lott and see if they can accomplish what Peyton has. He’s taken a team with 2-14 talent to 2 SuperBowls with 1 win, 11 10+ win seasons, 11 playoff berths and record breaking wins over a 10 year span…that’s right…beating Montanas 9ers. GOAT? Perhaps not. But you can NEVER remove him from the discussion.

  80. richwizl says: Feb 1, 2012 8:52 AM

    Right now, I’d vote Montana as best ever with Tom Brady closing the gap. Peyton is so over-rated it’s ridiculous.

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