Peyton Manning ranked NFL’s 50th best player by his peers


In NFL Network’s annual Top 100 poll asking players to rank their peers, Peyton Manning’s place on this year’s list was a big question: Would the players say Manning should be healthy and as good as ever and therefore at or near the top of the Top 100? Or would they say he didn’t play at all in 2011 and therefore doesn’t belong on the list at all?

As it turned out, the players split the difference.

NFL Network revealed today that Manning checked in at No. 50 on this year’s Top 100, a ranking that reflects the uncertainty surrounding Manning as the new quarterback of the Denver Broncos, after 13 seasons (and one missed season) as the quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts: Some see Manning as an elite NFL player who should be as good as ever after last season’s neck injury, while others want to see Manning prove it on the field before they’re ready to say he’s back near the top of the league.

We’ll be interested to see what PFT Planet has to say.

65 responses to “Peyton Manning ranked NFL’s 50th best player by his peers

  1. I think that;s ridicukous. I could see putting him in the top 25 but 50? These are the same idiots who can’t finish the Wonderlic test.

  2. If you were making the ratings in the next Madden game, would you really crush Manning’s stats completely because he missed a season? I seem to remember a certain other high profile QB missing a season and coming out ok afterward.

  3. The name of the program is confusing.

    Sometimes they vote in 1-year-wonders and other players are voted in for their body of work throughout their career, even if recent seasons weren’t so great.

  4. How can you put a guy with (0 stats for 2011) on a ranking of players who played of 2011 when he didn’t play.

    Someone please explain how you rank someone for 2011 season when the player didn’t play in the 2011 season?

  5. Peyton has single-handedly kept the Colts relevant since he was drafted and he single-handedly destroyed the franchise in one season.

    He should have been MVP last year.

  6. This goes to show that the players pretty much ignored the whole premise about this only being about the 2011 season. As always this is more of a lifetime achievement award.

  7. Considering this list is only good for laughs I think #50 is just about right. The injury concerns with payton knocked him down about 45 spots. Im interested to find out where Eli ends up.O ya and Hakeem Nicks coming off the most dominate Wr performance in the playoffs of any wr to win the sb coming in at #90 is messed up! Jordy Nelson better then Nicks?? I don’t think so.

  8. “Or would they say he didn’t play at all in 2011 and therefore doesn’t belong on the list at all?”

    This is what it should have been. That’s why this list is BS

  9. Not only would I have him in the top 100, but I’d have him as number 1.. The colts were a top team for the last some odd years, the one year mannings out, they fell strait to the bottom of the league….

    Should tell you all you need to know…

  10. It’s about just right considering there are far better players than Manning. These other players haven’t even been in the league as long as Manning and they have already proven to be an equal match, if not all out better than Manning…….

    Besides, his stats are only impressive b/c he’s been in the league for 13 years. I mean after 13 years, one does expect to see good stats….No, time will tell if he deserves to be higher on the list.

  11. the name of the list is actually top 100 of 2012! no1 has even played yet in 2012 (bar last years playoff teams)

  12. Colts fan here.
    I watch the list being revealed some times or watch the reruns. I am constantly miffed by the players missing what the question is.
    It is: The top 100 of 2012?
    Not 2011 or lifetime…..2012.
    PM was on the ACTIVE roster the entire season but didn’t play a single snap.
    He was a PLAYER for 2012.
    50 seems perfect considering what the Colts record was without him.

  13. Admittedly I am lazy tonight.

    MDS, was the NFL poll of currently active or non-retired players based off their all-time performance? Was this a ‘best of 2011/2012 season’ poll? Was it not even specified in the poll?

    I honestly cant answer until I know but… I dont think ill get around to checking. So until I know, I will save face and just keep quiet about where I think he should be. Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt, right?

  14. After seeing what happened to the Colts last year he’s clearly the MVP of the last 10 seasons.

  15. 50 is almost perfect… It shows that some guys thought he disnt deserve to beon the list and some guys thought wow, perennial playoffs to 2 wins, he should be represented for that… Different strokes for different folks…

  16. So you guys are criticizing the players for ranking a QB who missed all of last season and had not 1, 2, but 3 neck operations? Even if Manning didn’t have those operations missing a season is challenging in its self.

  17. Not a Peyton fan but dude earned his respect. I knew he was going drop but all the way to 50. Top 10-15 would Be expected not playing. Just remeber this is the list that had QBs like mcnabb on the list instead of Eli. Much respect to Vern at 43 from 88 last year.

  18. What a joke. Glad I ignored this stupid list tv show once I heard Peyton was going to be on it.

  19. The title of this list is: THE TOP 100 PLAYERS OF 2012…

    1. (THUMBS DOWN)Does that mean who played best LAST season in the 2011-2012 season?
    2. (THUMBS UP)Do these rankings reflect who will be the top guys going into this upcoming season in 2012?

    I believe the 2nd choice makes more sense, though I don’t think the players themselves know exactly what the ranking criteria is.

    If you’re ranking Peyton from LAST season than he doesn’t make the list, but if you rank Peyton in this upcoming season than I think he should be lower…he’s one of the greats. It should be made very clear to everyone involved exactly what the ranking criteria is…

  20. There needs to be a new rule on this site when it comes to Manning articles. If you can’t spell his name right…you can’t post.

    His name is PEYTON Manning.
    PAYTON is the suspended Saints coach.

  21. I always find this list interesting since it’s how the players view their peers, not just some talking heads…

    I was wondering what Vontae Leach did to drop off the list once they got to #50, only to be absolutely shocked to see him at #45.

    That should give the Ravens 6 of the top 45 players. Leach at #45 and Rice, Ngata, Lewis, Suggs and Reed all locks to be on this list.

    Now we just need these ‘lists’ to lead to Super Bowl appearances for the Ravens…

  22. Who cares about a made to fill in the TV off season time that no one watches poll that was originally done by the writers that vote for the HOF and complained about by the players so now they vote list of the top 100 players?

    I can’t wait to see Seyton Manning get laid out and see if he gets back up. I mean after all, Manning insist on coming back and it was only a few neck surgery’s. Not like it was a concussion or three.

  23. And to stay on topic… I think Manning at #50 is probably right around where he should be.

  24. The idea that he is so good because his team did so bad without him is an insanely overly simplistic view of everything.

  25. I’d say that with the social media and rumor sites being so rampant that if there were anything at all wrong with Peyton Manning that we would have heard all there is to say about it now. So that means he is healthy and a healthy Peyton Manning is a top ten player in this league. If anything, he might be better with a year of rest.

  26. Peyton Manning the best QB ever?!

    He isn’t even the best QB to wear a Colts uniform! Johnny Unitas holds that honor as well as the honor of being the GOAT.

  27. My guess is that half of the players ranked Manning as a top 5 player and the other half of the players left him off of the list thus he ends up getting ranked at 50.

    The reality is probably that very few players actually ranked P.Manning in the #50 area.

    Florio….how about an article to break down how the rankings are actually compiled. Take some of the mystery out of it and make it more understandable and open for everyone.

  28. geauxmez says:
    May 30, 2012 9:14 PM
    he didn’t even play… shouldn’t be on the list at all.

    Brady was ranked #2 in 2009 after missing practically all of 2008. Your logic FAILS.

  29. Considering the severity of his injury, the resulting nerve damage associated with it, & the operations he endured in order to “fix” him, I would suggest to Peyton that he avoid certain activites just to be on the safe side.

    I’d have to say that the Tilt-A-Whirl would be a no-no for Peyton.

    What do you think is going to happen when Richard Seymour comes a-callin’?

  30. There are only two ways to look at Peyton Manning’s performance last season. Either he’s at or near the top of the list because of what his absence meant to the Colts or he doesn’t belong on the list at all because he didn’t play.

    So what do you get when you ask a group of players for a list of their top players, and find that half ranked Peyton at #1 and the other half left him off the list completely – because half felt one way and half felt the other way? No surprise that the average rank across all votes put Peyton at #50 on a list of 100 – exactly halfway down.

    The #50 rank has nothing to do with Peyton and everything to do with the fact that the players are split right down the middle on the question, just like the fans.

  31. Randallflag52 is right… Peyton is not the greatest Colt ever, Unitas is.

    Johnny U actually WON the big games.. and he didnt take a quarter of the team’s salary cap to do so.

  32. It’s a joke that anyone would suggest that Peyton deserves to be on the list because he’s Peyton Manning.

    NFLN should’ve had a Peyton Manning comedy sketch instead of highlights because he DIDN’T PLAY last year.

    All they talk about is how ‘funny’ he is anyways. If not a sketch, they should’ve had him do jokes about how he got on the top 100 list without touching Jeff Saturday’s balls season.

    It’s a new era now though. Peyton is hoping that he & JD Walton will be much more centered than he was with Saturday.

  33. @ gunndlewittlebaum

    I’ll tell you what’s silly. Taking the time to comment in a thread to inform everybody it’s silly. Now go play with your wittle baum.

  34. That’s an absolute joke. That is a slap in the face to one of the best QBs of all time & although he won’t say it, I guarantee you that he will use it as motivation this year. Did these polled players see the Colts last year? The Colts got Andrew Luck solely because Manning didn’t play. I understand the Colts had holes outside Manning, but he is great at covering those holes & I have no doubt they would’ve been a 9-10 win team, challenging the Texans for the division had Manning been healthy. It appears that the NFL’s concussion & hitting policy changes haven’t done much because the players who voted him 50th are brain dead.

  35. “Florio….how about an article to break down how the rankings are actually compiled. Take some of the mystery out of it and make it more understandable and open for everyone.”

    They’ve mentioned on the Reactions Show a couple times that they asked players to list 20 players they would want if they were starting a team next year. Mystery solved.

    It also explains perfectly why Manning is at 50. With that criteria in mind, taking Peyton is an extremely debatable proposition.

  36. chefjayson says:
    May 30, 2012 11:13 PM
    There needs to be a new rule on this site when it comes to Manning articles. If you can’t spell his name right…you can’t post.

    His name is PEYTON Manning.
    PAYTON is the suspended Saints coach.


    Thanks for saying that I said that the other day on another article…ha ha!!!

  37. Peyton deserves to be on this list even higher than 50 because I don’t think anyone has ever made such an impact on a franchise before. They went from a winning record to 2-14 in one year. Not to mention he was still on the sidelines coaching the best he could with what he had to work with. Brady didn’t play practically all of 2008 but was still highly ranked in 2009 and Matt Flynn was the one at center when the Pats went 11-5. There are a few people on this countdown that played for less than a season last year so why not?

  38. Are they going to come out with another list half way through the season for the top 100.

    Stupid crap lists!!!!

    More Saints bounty stuff please………….

  39. nyyjetsknicks says: May 30, 2012 10:33 PM

    I’m not a colts fan. If Polian put players around him, he would have been the best qb ever.
    Seriously? PM had more first rounders around him on offense during his career in Indy than any other QB in the entire NFL. He had the #2 ranked scoring defense in the league in 05 backing him and his team went one and done primarily due to the offense under performing.

    The reason they won nothing without him last year is more due to the failure of the GM and coaching staff to obtain a decent backup in a timely manner (ie when he had the third procedure) and to coach up the rest of the guys there. That’s why Irsay fired the coaching staff AND the GM. If it was JUST due to PM, don’t you think Irsay would have kept those guys if it wasn’t any of their fault?

    For the record, I don’t think TB should have been on the list after 08 either (I didn’t realize it went back that far even). Though his stats looked good, he wasn’t quite right that whole year in 09. He was still learning to trust his knee and was skittish at times and threw some seriously un TB- like passes.
    What they should do is say if a guy played not even one full game the season prior, he’s disqualified.

  40. cardmagnet says: May 30, 2012 9:24 PM

    If I skipped work for a year, my fellow employees would rank me as worthless and unemployed.

    And there it is. Nothing else needs to be said

    How can anyone rank a guy as the 50th best NFL player in 2011 when he didn’t play a single snap?! These are the same idiots who sign $50 mil contracts, and then complain about being disrespected and underpaid a week later.

  41. The question was simple: Who were the best NFL players last season?

    the fact that a guy that did not even play last year made the list confirms the players opinions cannot be trusted. they may be able to play but that doesn’t mean they have any idea what they are talking about.

    “Hey, Brandon Jacobs, who was the best QB last year?”

    “Peyton Manning!”

    “What is your favorite color?”


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