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Emmanuel Sanders: Peyton is a far better leader than Ben

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Emmanuel Sanders arrived in Denver this offseason after four years in Pittsburgh. He immediately noticed a big difference between Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger.

Sanders said on 104.3 The Fan in Denver that Manning’s leadership and determination to win goes far beyond that of Roethlisberger or any other teammate Sanders has ever had.

“I feel like Peyton is a far better leader, in terms of staying after practice, catching balls, wanting guys to get on the same page with him, things of that sort,” Sanders said. “This is the first time that I’ve had a quarterback that every single day after practice — no matter what his accolades, NFL MVP, Super Bowl ring — he keeps guys like me and [rookie receiver Cody] Latimer after practice. . . . He’s not one of those guys you’ve got to chase down. He’s going to be right in the same spot, ready to work, every single day. I just feel like that’s a difference from a mental standpoint.”

Sanders said he views Roethlisberger as a winner, too, and he enjoyed their time as teammates. But he’s enjoying his time with Manning even more.

“I’ve got so much love for Ben,” Sanders said. “At the same time, I’m not going to lie. I’m happy to be part of this organization and happy that Peyton is my quarterback.”

Those comments will surely be received better in Denver than in Pittsburgh.

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151 Responses to “Emmanuel Sanders: Peyton is a far better leader than Ben”
  1. lgbarn says: Jul 28, 2014 4:55 PM

    Water is wet during the season. Playoffs, it turns to ice.

  2. bonnovi says: Jul 28, 2014 4:57 PM

    Cue “except in the playoffs.” comments.

  3. svn2011 says: Jul 28, 2014 4:57 PM

    And peyton has one fewer ring than ben.Great. Why do these guys have to say these things ? And if you say it, then dont cover yoursefl with “I’ve got so much love for Ben,” . You wouldnt be in denver if you playing with random viking QB or jet QB in your previous contract.

  4. dcpatfan says: Jul 28, 2014 4:58 PM

    lls….this is just too easy….
    Enjoy it Emmanuel cuz it last precisely thru the regular season then drops off sharply starting wk 17

  5. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jul 28, 2014 4:58 PM

    It’s hard to really say anything bad about Peyton. His work ethic and production are impeccable, and I find him likable and classy as can be.

    That stated, Ben has been to more Super Bowls and won more Super Bowls in a substantially shorter period of time.

    Ben has faced clutch situations and responded. By contrast, Peyton has had his share of difficulty under intense pressure.

    Speaking only for myself, I love Ben — and am extreeeemely grateful to have him wearing the Black and Gold.

    Both teams are very fortunate to have high quality QBs, and I love our guy.

  6. Heretopissuoff says: Jul 28, 2014 4:59 PM

    He is far better in throwing game sealing interceptions
    Khalil Mack> Clowney and Barr

  7. humb0lt says: Jul 28, 2014 4:59 PM

    Yet Big Ben has twice as many rings as Peyton, winning them both in about half the time it took Peyton to win his first and only.

  8. steelerfanjo says: Jul 28, 2014 5:00 PM

    Peyton is a leader, Ben wins. Antonio Brown is better tan Emanuel “drops” Sanders.

  9. troeback says: Jul 28, 2014 5:01 PM

    I don’t see the controversy. Sanders was just keeping it real from his perspective. That is all.

  10. juststeel says: Jul 28, 2014 5:01 PM

    China doll. More fragile with age.

  11. dmretrogames says: Jul 28, 2014 5:02 PM

    We’ll see how he feels about Peyton the first time he misses a hot read that turns into an INT and gets chewed out in front of everyone.

  12. dowhatifeellike says: Jul 28, 2014 5:02 PM

    Who knew it would be difficult for a guy who sexually assaults women to be an effective leader?

  13. ravennation21 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:04 PM

    Thanks Captain Obvious

  14. speicher145 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:04 PM

    Drama, drama, drama. Come on people, this is football

  15. crappygovernment says: Jul 28, 2014 5:06 PM

    What is Peyton Manning’s appeal anyway? He has no message, looks like a turtle and chokes in important games.

  16. tleham says: Jul 28, 2014 5:07 PM

    And Lance Moore, Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant will all prove to be far better WRs than you ever will be. Thanks for not living up to your potential in Pittsburgh.

  17. mendenhallfumblemachine says: Jul 28, 2014 5:09 PM

    Sanders never won anything in Pitt. But okay I’m sure he’d know the difference, keep your mouth shut and earn that contract and win something before u talk trash about a former teammate who made you and has won way more then you ever have.

  18. higheriqthanyou says: Jul 28, 2014 5:09 PM

    What?

    Didn’t he hear?

    Big Ben proclaimed that for the first time he actually worked out and had a nutritionist this off season.

    What more could any team ask for in their QB?

  19. fissels says: Jul 28, 2014 5:10 PM

    Ben is a winner, at least when healthy. Going forward I wouldn’t bet on him holding up

  20. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 28, 2014 5:12 PM

    Peyton >>> every other QB in history.

  21. keepongronking says: Jul 28, 2014 5:13 PM

    2>1

  22. jimthebuilder27 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:13 PM

    Big Ben is very underrated and wins when it counts. Manning, aside from the Super Bowl year, can’t win consistently in the playoffs.

  23. glenno08 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:15 PM

    Not a fan of either Ben or Manning, but you never know a fool till he opens his mouth…

  24. percyscoredasmuchasdenver says: Jul 28, 2014 5:16 PM

    Russell Wilson>either of the clowns mentioned in this article. Who has the second most TD’s in the history of the NFL for the first two years? Yeah, you guessed it – Mr. Russell Wilson.

    #SEAHAWKDYNASTY
    #REPETE
    #ABOVEREPROACH

  25. wolff111 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:17 PM

    Ben>Peyton. In everything

  26. loyalraven says: Jul 28, 2014 5:17 PM

    The annoying people that are quick to say “Cue the such-n-such comments….” seriously deserve to punch themselves in the face already.

  27. bigdaddydooko says: Jul 28, 2014 5:18 PM

    Being a fan of the Steelers, I do not find it unfathomable that a shoe-in first year eligible future hall of famer (often discussed as the best QB ever) has better work ethic than an on-the-bubble possible hall of famer. Ben, like most others, is no Peyton Manning but he’s still pretty good.

  28. weepingjebus says: Jul 28, 2014 5:18 PM

    Peyton knows the moment he leaves the field he’s looking at 5 hours of pizza commercials.

  29. stinkfingers says: Jul 28, 2014 5:18 PM

    Super Bowl victories are a team stat, not a QB stat.

    Ben shouldn’t be mentioned in the same sentence as Manning….. EVER.

  30. jayblack073 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:20 PM

    While everything he’s saying might be true, you just don’t put your former team mate on blast like that, no matter the scenario. Be classy, learn something from Peyton. You think Manning will go out and say: “Wes Welker is a better slot receiver than Brandon Stokely”?

  31. citizenstrange says: Jul 28, 2014 5:20 PM

    Does Peyton sharpen up his quarterbacking skills with offseason golf vacations to Scotland? I think not!

  32. jredshoes says: Jul 28, 2014 5:20 PM

    Who cares what Sanders thinks. You can’t believe anything that he says anyway, just ask the Chiefs

  33. babaleechen says: Jul 28, 2014 5:21 PM

    Hitler was better leader in WW2, but we all saw how that turned out.

  34. stillers213 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:21 PM

    Be careful buddy, most former Steelers practically disappear once they trade unis.

  35. stinkfingers says: Jul 28, 2014 5:25 PM

    Peyton- Carried his team to 1 Super Bowl win, and 2 other appearances

    Big Ben- Trent Dilfer’d his way to 2 Super Bowl wins and 1 other appearance.

  36. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Jul 28, 2014 5:29 PM

    For all of you talking about Ben having more rings than Peyton.. You’re absolutely right! But let’s not forget that he played awful in those two SB victories. If it wasn’t for a dominant defense and some help from the zebras Pig Ben could just as easy have no rings. Shoot, I think his stats in that SB loss against Green Bay were better than his stats in the two SB victories combined. Just saying…

  37. tahnoonzee says: Jul 28, 2014 5:31 PM

    How many rings will ES win with Peyton?

    Don’t worry, I know, none!

  38. registerthiscrap says: Jul 28, 2014 5:31 PM

    I like how everyone acts like this is shocking news. Ben’s work ethic or lack there of has been chronicled since he was drafted. This is the first year he has shown up in quality shape.

  39. laxer37 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:32 PM

    Despite having two rings in three appearances, not too many will ever argue that Ben is a better QB than Peyton.

    However, Terry Bradshaw put it best when he said, “If you like losing Super Bowls, Peyton’s your guy”

  40. trg728774 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:32 PM

    I’m just sick of hearing players bash each other when they leave the team to go to another. Easy to talk sh*t when your not there anymore.

  41. udontknowjaq says: Jul 28, 2014 5:33 PM

    Sanders been kissing Mannings @$$ since he arrived in Denver..

  42. pittsburghdamned says: Jul 28, 2014 5:38 PM

    Hard to argue with him, but all the leadership in the world won’t keep that ball from continually bouncing off of your chest on third downs.

  43. dalcow4 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:44 PM

    It might be better for Peyton to take it easier for a while– All that manic hard work leads to meltdowns in clutch time and the playoffs.

    Look at big ol lazy Ben– He excels in clutch time and in the playoffs.

  44. fmc651 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:48 PM

    Not a shocker there. Look at Ben’s stats in the SB games nothing great.The defense had more say in the wins. Solid player but Peyton is better.

  45. deadeye says: Jul 28, 2014 5:48 PM

    Peyton is a better leader, yet Ben has two rings to Peyton’s one. Weird…

  46. competiveone says: Jul 28, 2014 5:50 PM

    I thought that it was extremely cheesy that Papa Johns dropped Peyton immediately after the SB loss.

  47. jrob23 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:52 PM

    I can only imagine how good Ben could have been with half Peyton’s work ethic. Ben is among the most talented QB in history. He should be even better than he is.

  48. nonetruerthanblue says: Jul 28, 2014 5:53 PM

    News flash!!

  49. footballfanatic666 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:54 PM

    count the rings… what kind of leader doesn’t finish the job???

  50. melikefootball says: Jul 28, 2014 5:54 PM

    Wait till Sanders drops as many ball as he did on Pittsburgh he will really see some fire. Sour grapes folks, Pittsburgh knows of Sanders.

  51. dagrizzman says: Jul 28, 2014 5:56 PM

    You don’t have “much love ” for someone then bash him on a national rag like this.It’s all about money and “look at me now”.Peyton may be a better leader ,but he also chokes more than Ben ever thought of.Sanders dropped a few balls that could have been game winners when he was with Ben too,so he’s just showing what an ass he is.Glad he’s in Denver !!

  52. bleedblackngold96 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:00 PM

    Hey morons saying how bad Ben’s stats were IN the Super Bowl, you have to be great to get TO the Super Bowl. It doesn’t have to be pretty as long as you win.

  53. scw1993 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:06 PM

    I don’t get all the peyton pedestal stuff…soooo far from a steeler’s fan, but I’d take B Ben in a big game over megahead in a second. Ben is a proven winner. You might not like it, but he is. Manning is the biggest choker in nfl history. Who cares he gets all the regular season stats and awards. The point is to win the SB, not collect personal stat statues. Give me Ben, Brady, Brees, Rodgers, Eli and half dozen others anytime.

  54. vottorific says: Jul 28, 2014 6:06 PM

    Rothy is a hell of a player. Underpaid. Great competitor. Thorn in our side twice a year.(sometimes three times a year). Does not wilt in the playoffs. I don’t think he should be compared to Manning. Bad move Sanders!…….Bengals fan.

  55. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the reason you can enjoy football today. This is what we built. We are the NFL. We are football. We are God's team. says: Jul 28, 2014 6:10 PM

    Sanders is just mad that he was an after thought for the Steelers. Ben is probably the best QB in NFL history. It is a joke to compare him to a one-ringed loser like Manning. Ben made Sanders look good.

  56. pftisfulloftrolls says: Jul 28, 2014 6:11 PM

    Sanders is going to make next years’ Steelers-Broncos game interesting.

  57. psfan58 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:11 PM

    Sanders and manning are made for each other in the big situations both come up small.

    Peyton is a great regular season fantasy player but success in the burgh is judged by Super Bowl trophies not fantasy points. I’ll take Ben every day over Peyton

  58. realdealsteel says: Jul 28, 2014 6:17 PM

    Peyton has a shiny, Rolls Royce appearance. But when the pedel is pressed to the metal, he performs like an etsel in the playoffs.

    All those movements and gyrations like he’s really doing something are nothing but show. Ben gets it done in the post season. That’s where QB’s make their legacy. Not regular season games.

  59. raynman49 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:17 PM

    Well, they say the grass is always greener……and in Denver it’s legal.

  60. buckyhamm says: Jul 28, 2014 6:22 PM

    If Peyton was drafted by Pitt when Ben was drafted, the Steelers would have five or six additional rings.

    The Colts should have drafted better on defense the ten plus years Peyton was there, if they had they would have had a dynasty.

    You can’t judge an individual player by teams stats … although everyone tries.

  61. udontknowjaq says: Jul 28, 2014 6:23 PM

    Ben throwing passes to Wallace, 1000 + yard seasons & 8+ Td’s average, before Sanders was in that spot. Cotchery in Sanders old spot as slot, 10 Td’s, Antionio Brown passes Sanders on the depth chart gets 2 1,000 yard seasons & pushes him to slot when Wallace was there. When Sanders drop them 3rd down passes or deep ones if Manning can still get them pass 30 yards.. See how much @$$ kissing works for you then, when Manning gets on you.. Cause don’t nobody respect a brown nosier

  62. pghfan72 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:23 PM

    I’ll take SB wins over yards and TD passes any day. Some people on here are acting like Ben has never won a Super Bowl. He’s been to 3 Super Bowls in 10 seasons. He has 2 rings. Deal with it. Sanders is overrated and had a ton of drops and fumbles. Good riddance.

  63. bengalskuta82 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:25 PM

    Very classy, well said. Wow! what an intelligent you man who just knows how to say the right things at the right time. Impressed—NO!
    LOL!

  64. buckyhamm says: Jul 28, 2014 6:25 PM

    Peyton …Great player, even Better person.

    Ben …is a rapist with two rings, and a bad tipper.

  65. ryman1566 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:26 PM

    Mo worries, first time Sanders drops an easy ball (which should be about the 2nd qtr of the 1st game), we will all concur that Antonio Brown is a better everything than Sanders. Not that there was even a doubt.

    I am a Steelers fan who appreciates Manning, but I’d rather have 2 rings with the QB we have, warts and all

  66. kingleo14 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:28 PM

    Go jaguars!! Lol jk

  67. truths4all says: Jul 28, 2014 6:36 PM

    Of course the AZ Cards and many others still see the Zebras cheating to call that out of bounds last minute non-catch the winning TD. Of course Steeler fans try to muzzle any such talk just like Obama’s Thought Police works hard to kill our Right of Freedom of Speech.

  68. steelcurtainn says: Jul 28, 2014 6:38 PM

    But Big Bens got twice as many more superbowl wins then Manning. Antonio Brown has greater leadership then Sanders plus he doesn’t drop the ball. I can just see Peyton putting both of his hands on his helmet after sanders drops a crucial third pass to lose a crucial game. Way to do your trash talking after you leave the steelers sanders.

  69. giahead33 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:40 PM

    I’m gonna lmao the first time sanders drops a game winning TD pass which he is so famous for! I was actually very happy when i found out he was leaving da burgh’. He’s a subpar player with butterhands, have fun this season bronco fans!!

  70. wvrocks says: Jul 28, 2014 6:40 PM

    He has nothing but love for Ben, but not enough to “lie?” How about just remaining silent? This is about Sanders being upset that the Steelers did not want to pay to keep him. He got his feelings hurt, and now he wants to demean his previous team (strike back) for rejecting him. It is childish. For the Steelers, it was a business decision and nothing more; and a good one in my opinion.

  71. fancyleague says: Jul 28, 2014 6:47 PM

    Peyton is also a better receiver than Emmanuel Sanders.

  72. kevo95 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:49 PM

    Shut up Sander u suck that’s y u gone

  73. smackingfools says: Jul 28, 2014 6:49 PM

    He ain’t far better in the Super Bowl.

  74. realityonetwo says: Jul 28, 2014 6:51 PM

    Peyton has a shiny, Rolls Royce appearance. But when the pedel is pressed to the metal, he performs like an etsel in the playoffs.

    What in the world is an “etsel”?

  75. bkoontz1 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:52 PM

    The people that r saying Big Ben had a better team and w/o the Steelers defense and surrounding players etc. Please explain to me what Manning didn’t have for with the Colts or even the Broncos. Correct me if I’m wrong but the Colts were almost always the #1 seed going into the playoffs yr after yr as were the Broncos and not just the #1 seed but the best record in the NFL!! As always Peyton finds a way to choke in the playoffs. Peyton’s teams were just as good or better than the Steeler teams! I know Ben didn’t play his best in the SBs but Pittsburgh wouldn’t have got to the SBs w/o Ben. Peyton definitely is a better QB as far as Stats go but gimmie Big Ben any day

  76. handsofsweed says: Jul 28, 2014 6:53 PM

    The Pittsburgh Steelers are the reason you can enjoy football today. This is what we built. We are the NFL. We are football. We are God’s team. says:

    Nothing says “Ravens Fan” better than this user name and subsequent “commentary.”

  77. stev433 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:54 PM

    This is the only way sanders had an opportunity to be in any ones conversation.since leaving the Steelers he hasn’t had a headline,not ota,mini camp & he definitely won’t be mentioned during training camp or pre season,so he had to seize the moment to get his last 15 minutes of fame by trying to put down one of the best quarterbacks in the nfl.ALSO he’s upset that the Steelers let him walk in free agency without even offering the vets minimal.

  78. lunchbox92 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:59 PM

    All this “he steps up in the big playoff games” talk about Roethlisberger – who lost to Tim Tebow in the playoffs.

  79. sportsfan18 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:59 PM

    Real football fans know it’s about the team and not just the QB.

    Uh, ya’ll remember how GOOD those Steeler’s defenses were? Under Dick LeBeau?

    Remember the Steeler’s super bowl win in Big Ben’s 2nd season?

    Here are Ben’s stats in THAT super bowl

    42.9% completion percentage

    0 TD’s and 2 INT’s

    22.6 QB rating

    and he was the WINNING QB.

    ya’ll, when you say Ben has 2 rings to Peyton, it was the STEELER’s who have 2 rings.

    Ben did NOTHING to win that ring.

    less than 43% completion percentage

    2 picks and no TD’s

    a 22.6 QB rating

    he CHOKED in the super bowl folks

    Ben’s playoff stats overall aren’t that good.

    Career 83.7 QB rating Petyon 89.2

    playoff completion % Ben 60.6% Peyton 64.3%

    TD to INT’s

    Ben 20 TD to 17 INT’s not very good

    Peyton 37 TD’s to 24 INT’s not good but much better than Ben’s ratio

  80. zonex74 says: Jul 28, 2014 7:02 PM

    It’s always the non-star guys that talk the most. There’s no knocking Peyton other than playoffs. He’s one of the best qbs in history. I just don’t know how Ben is less of a leader when he can’t catch. He singlehandedly lost the game against Bal last yr. How quickly we forget…

  81. bkoontz1 says: Jul 28, 2014 7:05 PM

    I know one of Mannings records… He has lost more playoff games than anyone else!!!!! Just saying

  82. seachicken64 says: Jul 28, 2014 7:07 PM

    Ben would not have won a single Super Bowl if he was on the Colts. Peyton on the Steelers with that defense – two or three at least. Ben is lame.

  83. bubblehead22 says: Jul 28, 2014 7:07 PM

    Manning is a great QB until you hit him or he has to run or until he’s on a pressure game. Ben has been a douche off the field but except for fans of a handful of teams all you haters would blow a goat to have him on your team

  84. coloradical420 says: Jul 28, 2014 7:09 PM

    Funny, why would Sanders be happy he is a part of the Best Offense in NFL history? Weird!

  85. registerthiscrap says: Jul 28, 2014 7:12 PM

    They’re so bothered by the comments because they know they’re true.

  86. 6superbowls says: Jul 28, 2014 7:12 PM

    Sanders is, and has been, a stiff since his “young money” days. All talk and no action. Consistently failing at key times throughout the year with simple drops and unexplainable fumbles. Talk all you want Emmanuel. The fans that witnessed you play the last three years know the truth. Bronco fans will find out soon you can’t walk the walk.

  87. zonex74 says: Jul 28, 2014 7:12 PM

    Good points. Did u look up his stats in the games leading up to the SB? People often forget about that. People often forget about the game he put up against, guess who, Denver in the AFC title game IN DENVER. So while I agree with some of what u say, make sure u tell the WHOLE story when flashing stats, that one game doesn’t tell the season story of what he did along with the D.

  88. Smash-Mouth.com says: Jul 28, 2014 7:13 PM

    Quite frankly, Sanders should be counting his lucky stars that he’s had a chance to play with two of the better QBs in the league.

    Decent receiver, but if he were in Jacksonville, Oakland or some place like that, most people wouldn’t even know his name.

  89. bubblehead22 says: Jul 28, 2014 7:19 PM

    Yup he did nothing to win that first SB but beat Peyton in the playoffs along the way..

  90. tdbragg says: Jul 28, 2014 7:20 PM

    I’ve got so much love for Ben,” Sanders said. If that is your true feelings , then why throw Ben under the bus ? You havent played a single down of football in Denver , and by the way , you were average at best as the Steelers number 2 receiver . Also last time I checked , Ben has more Vince Lombardi’s on his mantle than Peyton . Those are the facts .

  91. fancyleague says: Jul 28, 2014 7:25 PM

    Actually Ben did help win SB XL. He had a scramble and throw down to the goalline — the type of play that would become his trademark.

    Ben scored one TD, Willie Parker scored one TD, ARE-to-Ward scored one TD, and the Seahawks scored one TD. Steelers win.

  92. grayone77 says: Jul 28, 2014 7:25 PM

    To quote a great philosopher named Fez, “ahhhhhh…burn!”

  93. dalvar1001 says: Jul 28, 2014 7:32 PM

    Ben has to be the choice if you are facing Seattle D….

  94. maverick2560 says: Jul 28, 2014 7:39 PM

    I have watched Ben for years and I agree. Ben is an impressive physically gifted player. However after watching Ben you can see that
    he is not a detail guy. Every once in a while like the New England
    game a few years ago reveal a Ben who is prepared and taking what
    the defense is allowing . It’s called playing within yourself. Most of the
    time you get the sense Ben prepares, but not to the level of Peyton
    and Brady. This shows up in bigger games. Certainly Ben can make
    big plays….but one always senses that Ben is capable of more. The flashes of superior athletic plays …plays that Brady and Peyton can only dream off. Then the horrible pick…the broken play…the sloppy
    handoff/ execution. It seems like Ben could make the games so less
    crazy. As Ben says ” some times you make a play some times you don’t”
    That is Ben ! Love him or hate him!

  95. dcpatfan says: Jul 28, 2014 7:42 PM

    Dominic Rhodes….the real MVP of the 2006 Super Bowl,

  96. shakespeare22 says: Jul 28, 2014 7:44 PM

    If Manning played for Pittsburgh he would have 5 rings by now with the defense Ben inherited.

  97. bkoontz1 says: Jul 28, 2014 7:44 PM

    If Bens rating in SB 43 was a 22.6 and it jumped all the way up to a 83.7 average then he must have played pretty damn good in the other 2 to get it that high.

  98. rnine99 says: Jul 28, 2014 7:46 PM

    Hines Ward, Jerome Bettis, sick defense > Big Ben
    The guy is hard to tackle and has an arm like a cannon but he’ll never ever be anywhere near the level that Peyton is on. I don’t think Peyton has ever even had a defense worth mentioning. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t have 2 rings right now.

    I don’t think anyone could have beaten those hyped up Hawks last year. Even though I despise them, that D was like a swarm of bees in the SB.

    P.S. Big Ben’s stats suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucked in the SB. I mean, they were terrible. Check your numbers folks.

  99. poetwarrior001 says: Jul 28, 2014 8:15 PM

    Payton or Ben. As a Broncos fan I say what does it mater? There both HOF guarterbacks. Like saying Elway is better than Marino because of superbowl rings. A legend is a legend in spite of rings. Stats, leadership, and memories. Is what meters not championships.

  100. dickjagger says: Jul 28, 2014 8:21 PM

    Rings are what counts in the end.. But if one of them was dating my sister; I’d hope it was Peyton!

  101. joeowens1966 says: Jul 28, 2014 8:22 PM

    Payton Manning is a total class act, with a great work ethic & an IQ to boot. Which is precisiously why the Broncos will be in the Super Bowl again this year.

    Unfortunately for Seattle, lack of class, self serving players, and an idiot like Richard Sherman are several of the reasons why the Seahawks are one and done. Most overrated team in football.

  102. shoesfinest says: Jul 28, 2014 8:23 PM

    One is a two time rapist…..the other is not…

    Checkmate

  103. florsht says: Jul 28, 2014 8:23 PM

    Sanders #’s will tell the story. Wallace was exceptional with Ben and zero after. Sanders . . . .

  104. thetooloftools says: Jul 28, 2014 8:26 PM

    nothing like stating the obvious.

  105. tradawg1 says: Jul 28, 2014 8:31 PM

    Regardless of either stats, I’ll take either one. But trying to compare the two is like apples and oranges. Just take the two and put then on opposite teams. Peyton’s numbers would suck with the line the Steelers have had, and Ben’s would be better behind the line Indy had. They’re both hell ova players with 2 different styles!!!!!!

  106. JackedUpSports says: Jul 28, 2014 8:58 PM

    well, yes. he is

  107. rcali says: Jul 28, 2014 9:05 PM

    Based on the recent photo of Big Ben XXXXL, Peyton certainly takes better care of his body.

  108. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 28, 2014 9:16 PM

    Yet Ben still threaded the needle on that 2-pt conversion you stone-handed that would have sent the Ravens game into overtime, with mojo on our side. Thanks a lot big mouth.

  109. higheriqthanyou says: Jul 28, 2014 9:27 PM

    Ben lost to Tebow in the playoffs.

    End of story.

  110. keiselsbeard says: Jul 28, 2014 9:29 PM

    Let’s see how highly he thinks of Peyton, after Peyton’s ripped him a new one over dropping passes that hit him square in the hands in pressure situations.

  111. fivechampionships says: Jul 28, 2014 9:40 PM

    Ben is an average QB without a top 5 defense. Nothing more. Imagine how many rings Peyton would have with perennial powerhouse D. And while on the subject, Brady has never won a ring without a top 5 D either. Look it up…

  112. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jul 28, 2014 9:44 PM

    Ben has always had Dick LeBeau defenses to bail him out. Peyton always had lousy defenses in Indy.

  113. allkohn says: Jul 28, 2014 9:48 PM

    Emmanuel Sanders is a piss poor player with lots of natural speed but no heart. The Steelers let him walk without offering him a contract because he is a 3rd string guy. Sour grapes and pettiness.

  114. ugadogs21 says: Jul 28, 2014 9:56 PM

    Stupid but I understand. Sanders was on my fantasy team last year and he was open every time (Lol!).

  115. broncosfanblog says: Jul 28, 2014 10:13 PM

    Pittsburgh is a sucky place to live. So negative. Last time “big Ben” was in the playoffs Tim Tebow kicked the cap out of him. Lol

  116. odiemon65 says: Jul 28, 2014 10:20 PM

    Haha, all the people defending Ben, a.k.a. the bathroom rapist.

  117. teeroyb says: Jul 28, 2014 10:29 PM

    I remember when Pittsburgh Roethlisberger’d Manning out of the playoffs

  118. Canton Bulldogs says: Jul 28, 2014 10:49 PM

    There are some misinformed comments here and some seriously insecure Steeler fans.

  119. troy43mvp says: Jul 28, 2014 10:55 PM

    Well AFC Championship game his rookie year. Superbowl win his 2nd year and he beat Peyton’s Colts doing so. I am sure Peyton is a great leader but on the same conversation Big Ben had to be doing something right to do all of that at such a young age. To all of the guys just giving the defense credit for the Superbowls don’t forget the team was 6 and 10 the season before they drafted Ben. I’m thinking its not a coincidence.

  120. steelcurtainn says: Jul 28, 2014 11:03 PM

    Peyton can have the leadership. Big Ben will take the rings.

  121. fancyleague says: Jul 28, 2014 11:40 PM

    “If Manning played for Pittsburgh he would have 5 rings by now with the defense Ben inherited.”

    If Manning played for Pittsburgh he would be a quadriplegic.

  122. broncosnative says: Jul 29, 2014 12:20 AM

    dickjagger says:
    Jul 28, 2014 8:21 PM
    Rings are what counts in the end.. But if one of them was dating my sister; I’d hope it was Peyton!
    _______________________________

    See this is where you are wrong, rings don’t counts in the end otherwise every player with one is an instance hall of famer. Mvps and pro bowl defines a player because those are individual achievements that can be awarded to a player. Super Bowl rings is a team accomplishment, the Lombard trophy is a team accomplishment. Saying stats don’t matter is like saying production doesn’t matter in a normal job, your elite players are not making millions doing nothing. If you don’t put up the stats, you don’t get a hugh pay raise, if you don’t get production in a normal job, you just get fired.

  123. ajlafrance says: Jul 29, 2014 12:49 AM

    I seem to remember Big Ben had the lowest quarterback rating out of any winning back in the history of the game in his first SuperBowl.

    You wanna say Pittsburgh has (had) a more well rounded team? I’d agree with that.

    But Peyton is better. No doubt. And I’m not even a fan of either team.

  124. pongonfl says: Jul 29, 2014 1:55 AM

    Ben single handedly kept manning out of one super bowl, the refs handed him the trophy, but he beat the colts that year fair and square.

  125. dobberdubinsky says: Jul 29, 2014 4:43 AM

    “Rings are what counts in the end.. But if one of them was dating my sister; I’d hope it was Peyton!”

    ———-

    But then your niece or nephew would have a massive forehead!

  126. topgun1961 says: Jul 29, 2014 6:12 AM

    People has always put Peyton on a pedistal, some of you say if he had the defense Ben had he would have done so much, In 2012 Peyton and Denver had the #2 defense and the #4 offense but yet did not win the superbowl…makes you wonder if he would have done any better than he has at this point. You have some guys that win the regular season and other who just win superbowls……Those are the facts and they are undisputed!

  127. steelersnowand4ever says: Jul 29, 2014 9:10 AM

    Ben may have more Super Bowl wins than Peyton, but so does Eli. Does that make Eli better than Peyton?

  128. ubu507 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:12 AM

    Yeah, and Payton led them right into the toilet in the Super Bowl. It’s all about those rings and trophies, kids. A peek into the Steelers trophy case explains the hate.

  129. walkinginthewasteland says: Jul 29, 2014 10:10 AM

    Ben played subpar for most of XL, but he was Montanaesque getting to that game, with ratings of 148.7, 95.3 and 124.9, tearing apart the Bungles, Colts and Donkeys

    His 2008 playoff rates were 98.4, 84.8 and 93.2, so he didnt suck post season either.

    Ben is 1st QB to ever have 2 perfect ratings (158.3) in a season.

    Ben is the best pressure QB in the NFL since 2011
    (according to ESPN)
    Comp % 51.8%. NFL rank 1st
    Pass yds 1,837 1st
    TDs. 18. 1st
    Total QBR. 60.5. 2nd

    Ben accomplishes that behind an o-line that would get Peyton, Tom or Drew killed. He isnt a pretty pocket passer and has never ran a pass happy offense, which explains why he doesnt have the gaudy stats of other QBs. He just has the stats that count.

    Peyton fans can, and will rub themselves over his fantasy stats but Peytons leadership skills in the post season, and his play under pressure are subpar. That has been proven over and over in the postseason, by NE, Pittsburgh, Seattle and New Orleans.

  130. askod1 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:11 AM

    Of course he said that. Why would he say otherwise when Peyton is his new qb…Plus Peyton is a timing guy and MUST be on the same page. Ben is better when the play breaks down and improvising. But the fact that Sanders says this only shows that he is committed to his new team. I’m sure the Pittsburgh WR’s would say the same about Ben.

  131. crtjr says: Jul 29, 2014 11:33 AM

    Ben is a great QB and rings do matter people. You’re not 6 yrs old where winning doesn’t matter… you’re pros… winning matters! Very few QBs in history can compare to Peyton’s type of leadership, but as mentioned many times, you don’t put down Ben to praise Peyton who I’m sure is classy enough to possibly as Sanders not to do that again because he doesn’t need it… I know some of you hate the Steelers and Ben so you write ridiculously wrong stuff… such as: Ben had two bad SBs… the first one, in his 2nd year in the league, yeah he did, but the 2nd one??? Were you even watching that game? But I get it, haters have to do their job so go on burn it off, but changes nothing: Ben has 2 rings. Peyton has 1. Ben’s Playoff Record: 10-4 (10 seasons), Peyton: 11-12 (13 seasons)… so explain it away, hate away, but is a great QB, maybe not Peyton Manning, but who is?

  132. axespray says: Jul 29, 2014 12:25 PM

    Big Ben can’t even carry a top 5 defense to the playoffs.

    he’s a glorified mark sanchez, he can only win games when his defense shuts out the other team.

  133. gmarsteller says: Jul 29, 2014 12:38 PM

    “thebrownswillalwaysloose says:Jul 28, 2014 5:29 PM

    For all of you talking about Ben having more rings than Peyton.. You’re absolutely right! But let’s not forget that he played awful in those two SB victories. If it wasn’t for a dominant defense and some help from the zebras Pig Ben could just as easy have no rings. Shoot, I think his stats in that SB loss against Green Bay were better than his stats in the two SB victories combined. Just saying…”

    Awful in both SB wins? Did you even watch SB 43 against Cards? Defense failed big time in end and Ben did his best Joe Montana/Jon Elway impression on that last drive. And did you forget Holmes’ “catch” for the TD? As far as SB 40, it would take a lot of re-officiating that one for the Seahawks to win it. Plus, Ben was lights out in the playoffs beating the #3, #1, and #2 seeds all on the ROAD to get to the Super Bowl.

  134. engymass says: Jul 29, 2014 12:52 PM

    He was #88 in Pittsburgh, but I’d take Lynn Swann in his advanced age before this “nobody” of a receiver Sanders.

  135. 6superbowls says: Jul 29, 2014 1:07 PM

    broncosfanblog says: Jul 28, 2014 10:13 PM

    Pittsburgh is a sucky place to live. So negative. Last time “big Ben” was in the playoffs Tim Tebow kicked the cap out of him. Lol

    ————————————-

    More championship trophies in Pgh than Denver. Super Bowls. Stanley Cups. WS trophies too.

    Keep that Tebow wet-dream going. You’ll need it this year. Peyton ain’t taking you back to the SB, so you’ll need it.

  136. engymass says: Jul 29, 2014 2:09 PM

    Peyton is a big stat QB, but so is Tony Romo. If you can’t win big games and SB’s, those stats are bitter sweet. Just throw Peyton in the pile with the rest of the stat kings.

  137. castlelong1 says: Jul 29, 2014 2:41 PM

    It seems like every player they sign sings Peyton’s praises. Do they all think his ego is fragile, like a rookie?

  138. dtskywalkerjordanshero says: Jul 29, 2014 3:05 PM

    The funny thing is that Big Ben & the Steelers will never go anywhere during the rest of Ben’s career. He is injury prone! He will probably hang up his cleats before Peyton does. We all know that Peyton a physical specimen compared to Ben. Even after all of the neck surgeries! I wonder if the Steelers will even make the playoffs in this decade…

  139. schaefer692002 says: Jul 29, 2014 4:06 PM

    Wait til He Drops as many balls as he did in Pittsburgh and Peyton loses faith in him and he doesn`t have any balls thrown to him! Diva Receivers!

  140. kjjm4 says: Jul 29, 2014 4:24 PM

    I think it might be fair to say that Peyton Manning is a better quarterback than Ben Roethlisberger is. The statistics bear that out.

    But I don’t think he’s a better leader. I’ve seen Manning throw quite a few temper tantrums, and blame his teammates publicly when things go wrong, and I don’t recall Roethlisberger ever doing that. We’ll see how Sanders feels about Peyton the first time he makes a mistake that costs the Broncos a game and gets publicly shamed for it by Manning.

  141. 1broncos247 says: Jul 29, 2014 5:13 PM

    Football is a team sport, you people need to stop blaming Manning for every playoff loss, or lack of rings. If that’s your thought process then you need to think about Marino, he didn’t suck, AT ALL, and never won a SB ring. Our D was missing so many quality starters, and when they were on the field, it sucked. Peyton is the G.O.A.T. period. Every one of you are gonna eat some crow when he and Elway hold up the Lombardi and say, “This one’s for Pat!” Large in part because we’re actually building a D to go with the best O, EVER. Orange Crush will be back, we’ll have a top 10 D, if it stays healthy a top 5. Seattle won’t even make it back to the Super Bowl. Our Super Bowl will be the AFC Championship game when we play the 2nd best team in the NFL (New England). Prophecy.

  142. gmarsteller says: Jul 29, 2014 5:40 PM

    D was missing too many starters? The O scored 8 whopping points, and not until what, the 3rd quarter when it meant nothing? All I know, they could have the 85 Bears D, but if the offense plays like they did in the Super Bowl, they will still get smoked.

  143. jimmyjames65 says: Jul 29, 2014 6:04 PM

    Ben wants more money. He wants it now before his contract runs out and the Steelers find out he won’t be taking them to the playoffs any time soon.

  144. patsfan112 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:10 PM

    Who cares about Big Ben and Old Peyton? We all know Tom Brady has them both beat in rings AND leadership skills.

  145. governor1883 says: Jul 30, 2014 1:13 AM

    You gotta be pretty delusional to pretend Ben is in the same league as Manning.

  146. superjay3282 says: Jul 31, 2014 7:59 PM

    PEYTON MANNING IS THE GREATEST QB OF ALL-TIME!!!

  147. margegundersonbrainerd says: Aug 1, 2014 7:01 PM

    Breaking news: Player says his new team is a better situation than the team that cast him off before he was ready to retire.

    Update to top story: Old team doesn’t appreciate or agree with the comparison; new team does.

  148. hatetriot4life says: Aug 2, 2014 12:29 AM

    Here we go more manning bashing ..can’t blame him for all.these playoff loses the big games need a full team offense and defense and he has yet to have both not one year in his entire career has he had a defense all.theses qbs with rings have all had a . defense a defense that force punts wen there off punts but any defense gives up points wen your on the field all game without rest …hawks off was ok outside of lynch rush ..but in sb no.matter wat play was drawn up worked with ease

  149. orangecrush823 says: Aug 2, 2014 1:13 PM

    lls….this is just too easy….
    Enjoy it Emmanuel cuz it last precisely thru the regular season then drops off sharply starting wk 17
    ——————————————–
    Its still going strong though during the stomping the Patriots took in the championship game…

  150. pksoze says: Aug 4, 2014 10:57 AM

    I do think Super Bowl rings matter but I also believe you have to play well in the big game. Ben got a 20 QB rating in the SB once; he was awful and so was the officiating.

    In SB he 43 he played well against an average defense; he wasn’t exactly facing the 2013 Seahawks; but I thought Warner facing a better defense actually outplayed him.

    In SB 45 he was not very good and the last drive was very bad.

    So in three SB’s the man had one good game. Sorry, that’s not enough to say to me the man is a better leader and winner than Peyton.

    To be honest I felt that if he was a better QB the Steelers might have been the dynasty of this era instead of the Patriots…their D was that good.

  151. bballerjones says: Aug 18, 2014 11:40 PM

    Talk is Cheap! Only the strong survive in the game called football! Sanders may soon find that out in the upcoming season. I’ve always been “Black and Gold”, baby! From the 1-10 to now. Sanders, while I’m disappointed in his mouth, he can’t touch Big Ben! Just a flea hanging around a bowl of soup looking for some crumbs! “Fly away, FLEA!!!

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