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Peyton on Eli’s rings: “There is no envy whatsoever”

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We find the “Peyton vs. Eli” debates comical. Peyton Manning has more league MVPs than Eli has Pro Bowl nods.

Peyton is in the mix as one of the ten best quarterbacks of all-time. Eli wasn’t named by fellow players as one of the Top 100 players in the NFL. (Which was silly.)

Now that Eli has more titles, some knuckleheads will say he’s better. Just like Ahmad Bradshaw is a better running back than Walter Payton because he has two titles to Payton’s one.

Peyton, for his part, says he’s not jealous of his younger bro.

“Eli and I don’t play that game,” Peyton Manning told Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. “The relationship of Eli, Cooper and I is not about trying to rub it in or anything like that. It’s about love, nothing but love.

“I couldn’t be happier for Eli, prouder of Eli. I want nothing but the best for him. I think he will continue to win more Super Bowls. There is no envy whatsoever in our relationship. He deserves this.”

Peyton managed to watch the game at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday without attracting much attention and then partied with Eli, family, and friends at the team hotel after the game. It was a “special” time according to Peyton.

The next morning, Colts owner Jim Irsay called Manning.

“He called to congratulate Eli and I told him I would pass that along,” Peyton said. “He said, ‘I look forward to sitting down with you soon,’ and I told him the same thing. It’ll happen.”

Manning joked about all the reports surfacing about where he might land next.

“I’ve always wanted to meet ‘sources,’ ” Manning said. ” ‘Source’ and ‘they’ seem to know an awful lot, but they aren’t always accurate. I haven’t had many discussions with Tom [Condon, his agent]. I told Tom all I want to do is continue to rehab.”

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50 Responses to “Peyton on Eli’s rings: “There is no envy whatsoever””
  1. bigzant82 says: Feb 8, 2012 5:55 PM

    peyton please be a New York Jet so nyc can be a football mecca like it belong

  2. permiepoo says: Feb 8, 2012 5:56 PM

    Peyton is in the mix as only one of the top 10 quarterbacks? I’d maybe bump that to top 5 or top 3 qb’s of all time.

    For pure numbers, it’s not much of an argument… he’s pretty much the best. You can argue the Montana’s and Brady’s are “better” because of all the super bowls, but I challenge you to find 9 QB’s that could seriously enter the conversation as “better” than Peyton Manning.

  3. db105 says: Feb 8, 2012 5:58 PM

    Trent Dilfer (1 SB ring) > Dan Marino (0 SB rings) lol

  4. LoCoSu@%s says: Feb 8, 2012 5:59 PM

    They are brothers. Why would Peyton be jealous of Eli?
    Seriously, the offseason sucks.

  5. bearsstillsuck says: Feb 8, 2012 6:01 PM

    Too bad Peyton sucks during the post season.

  6. tjacks7 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:04 PM

    I usually not part of the English police, but I wish people who make a living as a writer would obtain a firm grasp of writing and the English language.

  7. blacknole08 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:04 PM

    Why would he though? They are both champions in their own right. Eli should give his other ring to his father though.

  8. otrd13 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:04 PM

    no one is really saying eli is better than peyton. what they’re really trying to say is who would u rather have in the playoffs on the road in fourth quarter down 4… i take eli every single time, twice on sunday

  9. buckarama says: Feb 8, 2012 6:06 PM

    Those Mannings – they are such a class act! :)

  10. indycolts1 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:06 PM

    Peyton managed to watch the game at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday without attracting much attention
    …………………………………………………………………..
    Probably had to hideout in the bathrooms during the entire game though to get away from the media.

  11. orcheon says: Feb 8, 2012 6:06 PM

    To be fair, Donovan McNabb was in that list of “top 100 players”, so you probably shouldn’t give it that much credence.

  12. bozosforall says: Feb 8, 2012 6:08 PM

    You tell ‘em Peyton!

  13. lilrob10201 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:09 PM

    Peyton is a class act and just because Eli Manning has more superbowl rings then Peyton does not make him better then him.

  14. steelerhypocrite says: Feb 8, 2012 6:10 PM

    He’s not jealous? That must rub the media the wrong way. Good for him, you should never be jealous, much less of your own brother.

  15. jimr10 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:10 PM

    I can hardly wait to see how many negative posts about Peyton..

  16. raiderlyfe510 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:10 PM

    Pretty sure that if Eli has Bill Polian as a G he wouldn’t have any rings. Eli would have had a all pro at every offensive skill position, but defensive players who play defense like Mexican bullfighters.

    Peyton was fortunate to have Tony Dungy who can make undrafted free agents play like probowlers.

  17. rschaf2 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:14 PM

    Who would win in a fight: Cooper Manning or Fred Ripken?

  18. tallguyme says: Feb 8, 2012 6:14 PM

    Liar. I’m jealous when my brother wins a $10 scratch ticket.

  19. awestcave says: Feb 8, 2012 6:15 PM

    “I’ve always wanted to meet ‘sources,’ ” Manning said….”

    *SPOILER ALERT*: It’s probably your dad.

  20. upperdecker19 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:15 PM

    But Peyton is jealous that Eli won the Oreo cookie licking contest.

  21. tombradyallday says: Feb 8, 2012 6:16 PM

    when giants won it in 2007 peyton was the happiest man on earth there cool with each other

  22. trubroncfan07 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:18 PM

    They are both great players and are family, why would he be jealous?

  23. conspiracygenerator says: Feb 8, 2012 6:20 PM

    tjacks7 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:04 PM

    I usually not part of the English police, but I wish people who make a living as a writer would obtain a firm grasp of writing and the English language.
    ____________________________________

    HAHAHAHA, sorry that was funny. Just to lend a hand, I think you meant “I’m usually not a part of the English police…”. Talk about the pot calling the kettle Black.

    Actually, I’m usually on your side about proper grammar, but since the invent of the internet, and more specifically this site, these guys have to write tons of stories just to keep the hits coming in. They’re not writing for the NY Times.

  24. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Feb 8, 2012 6:23 PM

    Peyton Manning for show, Eli Manning for dough…

  25. jaggedmark says: Feb 8, 2012 6:28 PM

    Oh, there is some envy. Don’t believe otherwise.

    It doesn’t mean Peyton isn’t very happy for Eli.

  26. alldonesmith says: Feb 8, 2012 6:29 PM

    envy? no. jealousy? I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. but I have to believe Eli winning his 2nd ring got Peyton’s competitive juices flowing again. especially after his comments about wanting to go somewhere with everything in place but a QB, and being willing to take less money or an incentive-laden deal to get there.

    as anyone with siblings knows, even when maturity vanquishes envy and jealousy, a fun and competitive sibling rivalry usually remains. especially when those siblings are two of the best quarterbacks in the world.

  27. rr2000k says: Feb 8, 2012 6:31 PM

    Translation-dang right I’m jealous!

  28. bobhk says: Feb 8, 2012 6:32 PM

    permiepoo says:Feb 8, 2012 5:56 PM

    Peyton is in the mix as only one of the top 10 quarterbacks? I’d maybe bump that to top 5 or top 3 qb’s of all time.

    For pure numbers, it’s not much of an argument… he’s pretty much the best. You can argue the Montana’s and Brady’s are “better” because of all the super bowls, but I challenge you to find 9 QB’s that could seriously enter the conversation as “better” than Peyton Manning
    ———-
    Not to diss Peyton as he’s one of the greatest, but if u go by numbers favre was better.
    I’d put guys like Montana, unitas, and graham ahead. Rest is up for discussion.
    But really, this discussion is not very useful. Everyone has their own preference.
    Besides, being in the top 5 or 10 is awesome for any fan.

  29. jg725 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:34 PM

    For anyone who actually refers to that RIDICULOUS list of top 100 players – give me a f@#%n break – really…… without looking it up, i seem to remember mcnabb, vick, ryan, schaub, flacco, and several others who should not even be mentioned in the same sentence as eli manning – what an absolute joke – and a testament to the iq of anyone involved in compiling that list.

  30. truthfactory says: Feb 8, 2012 6:43 PM

    Only thing Peyton might “Envy” is the teams the other guys are surrounded with.

    Eli’s got 8 playoff wins, and his Defense gives up only 15 ppg in those games.

    Brady’s got 16 playoff wins, and his Defense gives up 16 ppg in those games.

    Peyton’s carries a 2-14 team into the playoffs and into Super Bowls, while his D has averaged giving up almost 23 PPG in during his playoff appearances.

    The biggest factor in being a “clutch” QB right now is having a Defense that can consistantly show up in the playoffs. That happened once in Manning’s career in 2006 and he wons a ring… coincidence?? I don’t think so…

    Superbowl wins are a TEAM accomplishment. The best TEAM wins… Manning has been playing with one of the worst (2-14 this year)… If there is envy, that’s where it’s directed.

  31. thetooloftools says: Feb 8, 2012 6:48 PM

    The Mannings get it !
    They root for each other and are winners.
    Archie… take a bow.

  32. bouwel92 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:56 PM

    well of course hes not envyious its more of a friendly compition between brothers cuz at the end of their careers its all goin towards the manning name but of course there will be braggin rights involved

  33. tonystrong says: Feb 8, 2012 7:01 PM

    Here is Peyton Manning a year and a half ago…on his way to being the greatest QB of all time. Every NFL record within reach if he wanted to stick around long enough to break them, had his ring, and was no doubt going to be spoken about with all of the greats that ever played. Also was on a team that most considered a Super Bowl contender every year so another ring was well within reach.

    Here is Peyton Manning today. As of today has barely any arm strength and can’t throw the ball like he was capable of before the injury. Consecutive games streak ended and will have the numbers that people will say “Peyton Manning would have had that record if he didn’t get injured!!” Wanna know the problem with that statement? The problem is, Peyton Manning won’t have the records to say he’s the greatest and trust me, as long as someone is ahead of you in the record books, without the Super Bowl rings no one considers you the greatest. So now Peyton won’t have the records and will only have 1 ring. Meanwhile, not only does he had to deal with Brady, Brees, and Rodgers from this generations but now he has to deal with Eli. Eli has never missed a start like Peyton didn’t AND as long as Eli has more rings then Peyton, people will question whether he’s even the best in his whole family!!

    Of course this is assuming Peyton never plays again but all I know is….it sucks to be Peyton Manning right now!! Never though I’d say those words!

  34. dbellina says: Feb 8, 2012 7:11 PM

    Oh man, Eli might get to sit at the big kid table this year!

  35. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 8, 2012 7:41 PM

    It’s not “envy,” it’s raging anger and desire to win another won on the wake of being about-to-be-canned by the colts.

  36. jerseyshoregiant says: Feb 8, 2012 7:59 PM

    jg725 says:Feb 8, 2012 6:34 PM

    For anyone who actually refers to that RIDICULOUS list of top 100 players – give me a f@#%n break – really…… without looking it up, i seem to remember mcnabb, vick, ryan, schaub, flacco, and several others who should not even be mentioned in the same sentence as eli manning – what an absolute joke – and a testament to the iq of anyone involved in compiling that list.
    ———————————————-
    I compare that list to the baseball player list that has players saying Jeter is one of the most overrated players in the game(and I am a Mets fan).

  37. chrisjohnston10 says: Feb 8, 2012 8:05 PM

    I am a diehard Patriots fan and congratulate Eli on the win. I think this would be a great opportunity for Eli to retire while he’s on top. Think about it Eli lol.

  38. drewbo22 says: Feb 8, 2012 8:10 PM

    peyton manning is so over-rated

    Two Sb appearance he has 2td’s- 2 int’s

    The year they win the SB in 4 playoff games (including sb) the supposed greatest qb to ever live throws 3 td’s and 7 int’s. WOW That is four games people. He chokes against good competition and when you take him out of the confines of a weather control stadium, he struggles some more. lets not even talk about the lax rules in place where you cannot breathe on a receiver.

    Lets compare this regular season King (PM) to Joe Montana. Lets just look how Joe played in the most important game of them all 4 SB games

    11 passing td’s, 2 rushing td’s, 0 int’s
    That is a qb. Do not mention Peyton manning in the same breath as JOE MONTANA

  39. rushmatic says: Feb 8, 2012 8:22 PM

    I’m a Brady fan first, but I can easily agree that Peyton is a top 5 – 10 QB of all time. Eli is yet to be seen, but he’s seemingly well on his way.

    This media thing where dividing brothers for the sake of a story gets so old.

  40. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 8, 2012 8:32 PM

    Did the reporter say anything about his pants being on fire as he was talking?

  41. klownboy says: Feb 8, 2012 9:57 PM

    Even though he has more rings, Eli is STILL not as good as Peyton…

  42. raidersfreak says: Feb 8, 2012 11:01 PM

    I still think Rodger goodell wears his tebow underoos

    But how cool is it to be a dad who played in the nfl to spawn to boyz who wear a pair of super rings. What is the chances of that happening. Major props to that family and the teams that were casted around them to make it happen.

    And Congrats to the NY Giants.

  43. childressrulz says: Feb 8, 2012 11:06 PM

    This is hilarious. No way Peyton is top 5 all time. maybe top ten but he would need five more years of high level play to pull that off. A good career cut short.

  44. villainousjake says: Feb 9, 2012 1:16 AM

    bigzant82 says:
    Feb 8, 2012 5:55 PM
    peyton please be a New York Jet so nyc can be a football mecca like it belong
    ———————————–
    NYC a football mecca? What? Not at all.

  45. jimbo75025 says: Feb 9, 2012 1:43 AM

    I still think the ESPN commercial a few years ago with Peyton and Eli kicking each other and giving wet willie’s until Archie catches them was freaking hilarious.

    Say what you will about the play of Peyton and Eli but they are both pretty classy guys in comparison with the rest of NFL players and have no issues at poking fun at themselves on occasion.

  46. jlswisc says: Feb 9, 2012 3:18 AM

    Peyton manning may be the best regular season/meaningless game/beat up on bad teams qb ever. (but even here it is easy to agrue against him).

    However, if pple stop and seriously think about Peyton as an all time great, it is startling where he may actually rank.

    I ask this question: if i need to win 3 or 4 playoff games and i can pick any qb to lead my team who am i going to take?

    I dont think Peyton is anywhere close to the top of the list and to see why all one has to do is simply look at his contemporary competition.

    Brady and Eli have proven to be big time playoff qbs. Id easily take either to lead my team in the playoffs. Then we have: Brees and Rodgers, two guys who when they are at their best are as good or better than Peyton at his best. Brees easily outplayed Peyton in their superbowl and Rodgers has many many elite years still to come.

    Throw in Kurt Warner, who has been to 3 sbs with TWO TEAMS and look at his sb passing numbers. They are insane.

    Big Ben has been to 3 as wel and won 2. He is a different type of qb, but he has proven to be bigin big games.

    Im not saying id take BB to lead my playoff team over Peyton, but im saying an argument can be made.

    Then tack on Favre, and you have a long list of guys you can make a case for as better big time qbs than Peyton…and thats just from HIS generation.

    Add in the top qbs from previous generations: elway, montana, young, unitas, etc.

    Its pretty clear that as of now, Peyton ranks pretty low on the all time list of guys id want to lead my team, knowingi i need 3-4 hard fought playoff wins.

    I understand its a team game but i also realize the most important stat or number is wins. The qb’s obective is to do what is needed to win the game. All too often Peyton has fluttered when it counted the most.

    Not hating, just being real here. Comments welcome.

  47. dkrause71 says: Feb 9, 2012 4:03 AM

    The problem with using stats to compare QBs of different eras is that they are not truly comparable without era adjustments. Montana never threw for 4000 yards, and only once threw 30 TDs or more. This year 10 QBs alone threw for 4000+ yards. The league just became more and more of a passing league because the rules have made it easier and easier to do so.

    For example, 7 of the top 10 in career passer rating are active right now. Warner was recently active is one of the inactive three. Chad Pennington is #12 all time to give an idea. My point is, its really hard to compare even 1990s QBs to 2012 QBs stats much less use them for saying so in so is better.

    As for Peyton. I do think he is a top 10 QB all-time. Probably in the top #5. Montana is #1 for me.

  48. baldingerspinky says: Feb 9, 2012 7:52 AM

    Peyton then commented I wouldn’t want two rings of it meant averaging 18 interceptions a year. Eli is a good qb not great not elite. He did his job. And twice th wr’s made catches they wouldn’t make 99 times out of 100.

  49. indywilson40 says: Feb 9, 2012 8:21 AM

    jlswisc, just go back and read truthfactory’s comment. He gets it, you do not. Peyton has a better playoff QB rating than most of the qb’s you mentioned. Big Ben won a Super Bowl with a 20 qb rating. Tack on Favre? The only unbreakable record that Favre owns is most career interceptions. Brady somehow lost his clutch gene after Spygate and since New Englands defense started sucking. Kurt Warner? people love to bash Manning because of the interception he threw to Tracy Porter, but Warner has actuall throw TWO interceptions in Super Bowls that were returned for touchdowns. BTW, Tracy Porter also intercepted Favre in the NFC championship at the end of regulation, remember that? And i don’t want to hear how QB’s outplay Manning head to head. Every QB that faces Manning gets the luxury of playing against the notoriously crappy Indianapolis defense. Quarterbacks don’t face each other, they face the opposing teams defense. In the past 10 years, the Colts defense has ranked better that 24th in the league only twice, while guys like Roethlisberger and Brady get to play with top 5 defenses. Indianapolis was 2-14 without Peyton this year. That’s all you need to know. Manning has covered up for a bad defense, bad o-line and awful running game for years. As for Eli, the two times he faced the Pats, their defense made Brady look very average. I don’t remember Indy’s defense ever making Brady look average.

  50. max20characters says: Feb 9, 2012 2:52 PM

    Eli will never reach Peytons accomplishments. Peyton > Archie > Eli

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