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Peyton Manning not quite ready to ponder his legacy

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Early in his Media Day press conference, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was asked about the notion of the Super Bowl being a “legacy game.”

Here was his take:

“I’ve been being asked about my legacy since I was about 25 years old. I’m not sure you can have a legacy when you’re 25 years old, or even 37. I thought you had to be like 70 to have a legacy. I’m not 100 percent sure what the word even means.

“I’m still in the middle of my career. Let me rephrase that: I’m down the home stretch of my career, but I’m still in it. It’s not over yet. It’s still playing out. This has been the second chapter of my career, and it’s an exciting chapter, and I’m certainly excited to be back in the Super Bowl on behalf of the Denver Broncos.”

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29 Responses to “Peyton Manning not quite ready to ponder his legacy”
  1. h3min1230 says: Jan 28, 2014 10:59 AM

    Sunday can’t get here fast enough.

  2. avantgardemix says: Jan 28, 2014 11:03 AM

    Greatest QB of All Time

  3. ballsoharduniversity52 says: Jan 28, 2014 11:03 AM

    Class act.

  4. cuda1234 says: Jan 28, 2014 11:06 AM

    Maybe you can’t have a legacy at 25 but you can sure as heck write your autobiography and go on a book tour to make some cash. Just ask his predecessor.

  5. forsbergler says: Jan 28, 2014 11:13 AM

    Your legacy is simple Manning “GOAT”

  6. doubleogator says: Jan 28, 2014 11:14 AM

    Yeah right, he doesn’t even know what the word means….

  7. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 28, 2014 11:15 AM

    That’s the first time “Peyton Manning” and “Ponder” have been used in the same sentence.

  8. tacasey says: Jan 28, 2014 11:18 AM

    WHAT!?! You can’t have a legacy yet? Huh…weird, just ask Richard Sherman, he will tell you he has a legacy already.

  9. scmems07 says: Jan 28, 2014 11:25 AM

    if he retires the vikings should…ponder… calling him back for another year.

    you see what i did there…

  10. frostymugobeer says: Jan 28, 2014 11:39 AM

    Stars are aligning for Manning and the Broncos….

    Chinese new year starts Feb. 1st “the year of the horse”
    and the forecast for sunday is now a high of 41 degrees and partly cloudy.

  11. eaglesnoles05 says: Jan 28, 2014 11:47 AM

    Say what you want about him- NO ONE controls the outcome of a football game alone like Peyton.

    If he is on, Broncos are winning the game. He will carve your life out of you. Period. If he makes mistakes, his team can be beaten. Been that way his whole career. Sure it’s that way for any QB to a point, but not like with peyton.

  12. mikeswiane says: Jan 28, 2014 11:48 AM

    Tom Brady > Peyton Manning

  13. dcpatfan says: Jan 28, 2014 11:55 AM

    let me help you peyton…your legacy is quite simply the greatest regular season qb of all time

  14. ckradio1079 says: Jan 28, 2014 11:56 AM

    And mysteriously silent the last few weeks are all the poor sport commenters on this site proclaiming him “Mr. One and Done.”

    “Manning is a choke artist who can’t win in the playoffs. Book it.”

    “Big head can’t win in January, he’ll throw four picks against the Chargers… Um, he’ll throw four picks against Patriots and Tom will absolutely be crowned as the greatest QB ever. I guarantee it.”

    Uh huh… How’s that “guarantee” thing working out for ya?

  15. southpaw2k says: Jan 28, 2014 11:57 AM

    Kinda hard to ignore Peyton as the Greatest QB Ever if he becomes the first in NFL history to win a Super Bowl as the starting QB for two different teams.

  16. natureboy704 says: Jan 28, 2014 12:06 PM

    Manning and the broncos will win the next two Super Bowls and he will cement his legacy as the greatest ever, the nfl will make to much money to not do everything in its power to make this happen

  17. 1historian says: Jan 28, 2014 12:17 PM

    Stupid question, intelligent answer.

    Don’t look for that happening too many more times in the next few days.

  18. dublindemonszfl says: Jan 28, 2014 12:23 PM

    Probably the only time you’ll ever see Manning and Ponder in a sentence involving the subject of QB comparison…………

  19. doubleogator says: Jan 28, 2014 12:29 PM

    He’ll sell millions of bobble head dolls after retirement…

  20. animalkindness says: Jan 28, 2014 12:34 PM

    I feel like way too much has been said about the games he plays and not enough about the way he plays them. Read today’s article by Joe P., he is the ultimate qb and the way he computes outcomes at the line is astonishing. Even the hates have to admit he is one of a kind.

  21. peymax1693 says: Jan 28, 2014 12:35 PM

    Manning’s detractors have already decided his legacy; he can’t be considered the GOAT because: (1) he doesn’t have as many SB rings as Montana, Bradshaw, Aikman and Brady; (2) unlike Montana and Brady, he has a history of “choking” in big playoff games; and (3) his unbelievable offensive statistics and record (soon to be) 5 MVP awards are the result of his putting himself above the team and also being lucky to play with great talent around him his entire career.

    If Manning loses on Sunday, no matter how well he plays, his detractors will view it as further confirmation that he can’t win the big games. If he plays poorly but the Broncos win because Seattle doesn’t play well, his detractors will say Manning only won because he was fortunate that Seattle didn’t play well. If he plays well and the Broncos win, his detractors will say that of course Manning played well; how could he not, given the talent around him?

  22. forsbergler says: Jan 28, 2014 12:46 PM

    #1 TOM BRADY IS THE BEST GAME MANAGER OF ALL TIME

    #2 LET IT BE KNOW THAT AT THE 50 MIN MARK OF THE AFC CHAMP TB’s STAT LINE LOOKED LIKE THIS 17-28 208YDS 0TD’S 0Int’s

    #3 YOUR RINGS REEK OF SPYGATE, 6-6 RECORD SINCE BEING EXPOSED, 0-3 AWAY, 0-2 SB’s,

    #4 TB ISN’T EVEN IN THE DISCUSSION OF BEST ALL TIME.

    #5 ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS USE YOUR EYES TO SEE MANNINGS THE GOAT.

    #6 YOUR BOY TB CHOKED AWAY YOUR RIGHT TO TALK SMACK ABOUT MANNING LAST WEEKEND

  23. southpaw2k says: Jan 28, 2014 1:05 PM

    I guess we’re all supposed to take forsbergler’s nonsensical rant that much more seriously because he was able to type it entirely in caps.

  24. mikeswiane says: Jan 28, 2014 1:21 PM

    In my opinion, Tom Brady is better than Peyton Manning. If the AFC Championship game was played at Gillette Stadium; i think the Patriots would have won.

  25. forsbergler says: Jan 28, 2014 1:33 PM

    Want to explain what part of my rant was non sense?

    The game manager part? ya about that, handing the ball off 40 times against the Colts, and goin 17-28 for 208 yrds when the score was 23-3 is called being a game manager.

    The spygate part? what’s the problem you hav’nt won a road game since being caught filiming at away games. 0-3 on the road.

    The TB isn’t in the disscussion part? well he has 3 spygate rings that noone gives him credit for. All you have to do is watch him, he’s a pathetic QB, looks like a 6th round draft pick.

    The choked away your right to talk part? go back and watch your TVO’d AFC Championship game. You called Manning a choker all these years time to take some of your own medicine!

    Forsbergler 2, Pats fans 0

  26. southpaw2k says: Jan 28, 2014 2:09 PM

    Well sure, and you can start with the fact that I’m not a Patriots fan. So you can quit with the “you haven’t done ____ ” already.

    Anyway, if you watched the final drive of Super Bowl 36, you’d realize that Brady is not a game manager. Or I could direct you towards the Monday night game in 2007 when the Patriots were in Baltimore, and Brady led the Pats down the field to score a game-winning touchdown with less than a minute left in the game. Or there was the game against the Broncos during the regular season when he had led the Pats back from being down 24-0 at halftime. Or the fact that Brady has been league MVP twice in his career to date.

    I don’t see what the Spygate scandal has to do with your second point. I’m assuming you mean the Pats haven’t won a road playoff game since the 2006 playoffs. That doesn’t mean much of anything, considering they have had a bye in the playoffs each of the last three seasons and made the AFC title game each of those years as well. They simply haven’t had to play many playoff games on the road. That’s a good thing for any team trying to reach the Super Bowl.

    You have to be the first person I’ve seen who has said Brady doesn’t belong in the discussion of greatest QB ever. I also have a hard time calling a two-time league MVP (and 2-time Super Bowl MVP) as “pathetic.” If he truly was so awful, I doubt he’d be in the league for as long as he’s been.

    Manning outplayed Brady in the AFC title game last week. So what? Using such spotless logic like that, I could say the reverse about that Sunday night game during the regular season when the Patriots came back from being down 24-0 at halftime.

    Besides, your entire post shows you didn’t even read my earlier comment that said it’s virtually impossible to say Peyton isn’t the greatest QB ever if he does become the first QB to win a Super Bowl as the starter for two different teams.

  27. forsbergler says: Jan 28, 2014 4:01 PM

    Your not a Pats fan but your just really butthurt about me chirping TB! YA RIGHT !There is a reason Brady looks so good at home and looks like a game manager on the road. Spygate. Pre spygate 12-2 playoff record, since being exposed, 6-6, Why such the drop off? For all you susposed heroic performances you preach about I can give you just as many games ended with a TB interception (SB’s…AFC Champs…hell how many were there just this year? 2 atleast. Bottom line is TB can’t win without his cameras in foxboro, secondly since spygate he has avg’d 17 points or less in every big game for the last 10 years. WEAK!!! He is over rated, 0-2 SB, 1-2 AFC, 0-3 on road compared to 5-2 on the road pre spygate, The guy flat out sucks, TB IS THE BIG GAME CHOKER, NOT MANNING! and you have no argument except to reach back into the pre spygate past where TB actually performed good. Good argument Forsbergler 3, Pats fans 0

  28. forsbergler says: Jan 28, 2014 4:24 PM

    His numbers hardly even got him Top 10 in the league this year. He had no talent around him though right? What happened pre spygate when he didn’t have anyone to throw too? He seemed to be just fine throwing to Bums like patton, branch, Caldwell. 25-11 TD-Int, Cassel threw for similar numbers in his rookie year with the pats. TB is a system QB that is plain and simplely AVG when faced with having to play the game without the benifit of knowing what D he’s throwing into pre snap. Numbers and history show this !!! Sorry you choose to remain ignorant about the cheating past of your Lover Boy TB and BB and EA. Us educated NFL fans choose not to give credit where it isn’t due.

  29. mymanning18thegreatestever says: Jan 29, 2014 1:39 PM

    I’ve been waiting 2 weeks for Sunday night!!! :) HERE WE GO BRONCOS, HERE WE GO!!! LETS GO MY MANning, & Denver!!! I ***CAN’T WAIT*** to see MY MANning holding up the Lombardi Trophy in 4 days!!! I’m super ecstatic & WAAAAAAAYYYYYYY BEYOND ready for Super Bowl 48!!! Broncos 37~seagulls 24!!! ***UNITED IN ORANGE~TIME TO RIDE***!!!

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