Posted: 4:06 pm Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Manning may now be No. 1 QB in history 

By Jeff Schultz

Peyton Manning monitored a practice while receiving therapy on his ankle.

Peyton Manning monitored a practice while receiving therapy on his ankle.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — I’ve just finished a subscription column that should be posted soon MyAJC.com about Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, the focus of which is wondering how anybody can still question his legacy or place in NFL history.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to full column (subscription).

Four years ago, before Indianapolis and New Orleans met in the Super Bowl, I wrote a blog with my rankings of the top 10 quarterbacks in NFL history. You can get to the blog by clicking this link. But here was my top 10 at the time: (1) Joe Montana, (2) Johnny Unitas, (3) Otto Graham, (4) Tom Brady, (5) Dan Marino, (6) Peyton Manning, (7) John Elway, (8) Brett Favre, (9) Terry Bradshaw, (10) Roger Staubach.

Given Manning’s remarkable comeback from four neck surgeries and the fact he threw for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns this season at the age of 37, I believe he’s now legitimately in the debate for No. 1.

There’s some great comments from Manning in the column, as well as observations from teammates. I also posted the above photo that was shared by the Broncos in December. It depicts Manning wearing a helmet while soaking his ankle in a therapy tub. Illustrating his preparation and dedication, he was monitoring a live feed of practice on his iPad while listening to the audio from offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

Anyway, I hope you check out the column when it’s posted.

Where would you rank Manning all-time?

Previous blogs, columns from Super Bowl

– MyAJC: Peyton Manning’s legacy secure, win or lose
– Blog: Manning may be No. 1 QB in history now
– Blog: Expect Atlanta to get Super Bowl despite storm
– MyAJC: John Fox goes from heart surgery to Super Bowl (like Reeves)
– Blog: Digi-Blog goes to the Super Bowl!
– MyAJC: Richard Sherman succeeds in changing narrative
– Blog: Seattle made more right decisions than Falcons
– MyAJC: Goodell has put Super Bowl at unnecessary risk
– MyAJC: Falcons’ makeover should start with Clowney
– Blog: Poll: Should Falcons make a run at Clowney?
35 comments
Antibama
Antibama

Tennessee Volunteer QB Peyton Manning is the greatest of all time. Champ Bailey and Moreno love Peyton Manning.


As Peyton Manning recently stated about the Tennessee Volunteers: "BUTCH JONES WILL LEAD TENNESSEE BACK TO GREATNESS!"


Currently the Tennessee Volunteers have THE NUMBER TWO RECRUITING CLASS IN THE COUNTRY at www.scout.com


GO PEYTON!

BulldawgRick
BulldawgRick

Your Top 10 is pretty solid..  Just needs some maneuvering...

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

Johnny Unitas and Bart Starr will always be the top two NFL football QB's to me.


And don't forget Y.A. Tittle.

DaltonbywayofBickley
DaltonbywayofBickley

Farve's durability and statistics are pretty darned impressive. I think the way he went out has unfairly dragged down his on-field accomplishments.

Classof98
Classof98

I'll take Brady.  Montana had superstars surrounding him at all skill positions.  Brady has gone to five Super Bowl, won three of them, and did it all with mediocre, journeymen receivers and backs, with the exception of Randy Moss.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

For me it was Montana, Unitas, and Manning. Peyton has moved to 2nd now, lets see how sunday goes.

GwinnettDad1
GwinnettDad1

 Name the QB who played in the championship game of his league every season he played for ten years of provfessional football?  Wouldn't that make him the greatest QB in history?


Bart Starr?


Terry Bradshaw?


John Elway?


Johnny Unitas?


No, none of them.  Otto Graham.  If winning is the measurement, not statistics, not advertisements, not the memory of some AJC columnist, but winning is the criteria, there is no other but Otto Graham.  He won 7 out of 10 of the games, four in the All America Conference, and three of six in the NFL.


Doctor up the statistics of today any way you want.  The one statistic that matters is winning, and there isn't anybody else that's close.

TimRoyal
TimRoyal

As has been pointed out many times, between Johnny Unitas and John Elway, Manning is not even the greatest QB in the history of his respective franchises. A great QB? Certainly! The best of all time? Not a chance.

Gabrielsp85
Gabrielsp85

No hes not, just because he had a good year with a stacked team doesn't makes him better, Tom Brady is better than him and numbers talk for themselves, is so disrespectful to say Peyton is better than Manning... I'm not a Patriots fan but you gotta give credit where is due, Payton was good but NOT better than Brady 

NorwegianBlue
NorwegianBlue

Jeff- I hate to be the grammar police but you've hit on the #1 problem in media today and I've never seen you do it before. Final full paragraph you write, "There’s some great comments..." which is the same as "There is some great comments." The phrase "There are" and the contraction "They're" have practically disappeared from our culture, and subject-verb agreement apparently no longer matters. I expect it from average citizens, even college-educated ones, but to see it from a high-profile journalist (especially a bright one like you) is a real shame.

DrPhill
DrPhill

Certainly Manning is the best since Unitas.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

This will be Super Bowl #3 for Peyton - putting him 2 appearances and at least 1 victory behind Tom Brady - a guy who also came back from a serious career threatening injury.

I don't know how you can be #1 all time when you aren't #1 in your own time.

DirtyBird-Rise-up
DirtyBird-Rise-up

Manning is top five,but I cannot give him the top spot. Montana, Brady, Elway, Manning, Marino. People forget Elway did not a great wide receiver or running game and still went to 3 superbowls.

Stinger2
Stinger2

Bart Starr, Unitas , Montana, Brady and Manning in that order.

Delbert_D
Delbert_D

Right now, Behind Montana, Elway and Unitas. Graham was in a completely different era.
 Brady is right there in the top 3 to 5.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

NYC,


You played Vanderbilt and looked what happened.


You played Nebraska and look what happened. 


Show I recount the other THREEE losses?

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

NYC,


You weren't around. I was in the Islands, 82 degrees, clear water, white sand, good rum.


I checked in on occasion  and took my lumps.  Your welcome,


By the way, your dogs will always be 2nd rate and out of the conversation "til Death". 


So, have fun with that and your oh so vaunted schedules. 

bparkman
bparkman

It's amazing to me how in this day and age, a QB that is almost 40 and comes back from an injury like that to have one of the best QB seasons ever is not even remotely questioned or suspected about his 'miraculous' recovery in this day of HGH, steroids, etc, to help one heal.

NYCDAWGFAN
NYCDAWGFAN

Anywho.. I think a second ring gets Peyton to #1 for me. Until then he is in the top 5. Plus, we gotta remember Aikman's 3 rings, that guy gets NO respect.



Red and Black til Death

NYCDAWGFAN
NYCDAWGFAN

Hey Buckeye... You play ONE legit team in 2 seasons and look what happened... Michigan State baby.. Try playing better competition and then talk smack about the Dawgs.. Until then, keep your drunk mouth shut. I also find it HILARIOUS how you disappeared when that pipe dream of THE OSU making it to the natty went up in smoke.. Cowards like you are a joke.. Can dish it but SURELY can't take it.. 



Red and Black til Death

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

Schultz, 


Coming back from 4 neck surgery's does not factor into the best ever. You've been listening to dogs whine about injuries too long. 



THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

Bradshaw or Montana


They won NFL Championships.


While Manning is up there, he is not unlike Boxscore Murray. Nice stats but a lousy record when it mattered most. 



AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Bart Starr won how many championships ?

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

manning is up there but he hasnt even come close to what tom brady has done college or pro.  why he ever went to tenn is beyond me. id keep my eyes on aaron murray my sources tell me he will get drafted by the broncos and i bet he will be the next payton manning.

aladawg47
aladawg47

@THEBuckeye  Ohio State played Georgia they got beat.  Ohio State can not beat a southern team so shut up.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

@THEBuckeye i know one thing there is no ohio state qb that will ever be in this arguement.  braxton miller? what a joke.

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

5 NFL Championships and 2 Super Bowls = SEVEN titles for Bart Starr.