How will you remember Peyton Manning‘s career? For me, he’s the guy who does Papa Johns commercials, shouts “Omaha” excessively and disappoints in the postseason.
Okay, I’ll admit that’s not fair. I shouldn’t remember Peyton for those first two reasons.
Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. weighed in on Manning’s legacy (and wasn’t a jerk about it like I was) when he sat down with NFL Network’s Rich Eisen and Michael Irvin.
I think sometimes in sports now we get carried away with how many championships you win as how you’re individually projected or rated. But in order to win championships it’s the whole organization, the whole team and so it’s not just the one player. Now he plays a significant role and his presence alone carries you to winning, but I think it’s unfair to look at an overall legacy and judge an individual player by how many Super Bowls [he was won].
In 22 postseason games, Manning is 11-11 with a 90.1 QB rating. He’s thrown 36 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. Manning won Super Bowl XLI MVP honors with the Colts in their 29-17 victory over the Bears.
Over 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Cal Ripken Jr. played in 28 postseason games (9 in 1983, 9 in 1996 and 10 in 1997). The Iron Man hit .336/.411/.455 in 124 plate appearances in the playoffs.
It’s funny, now that Peyton is with the Broncos and not my former childhood team that moved to Indianapolis, I don’t have the disdain for him that I once did.
As a matter of fact, if it comes to rooting for Peyton and the Broncos or Pete Carroll, it’s no contest.
…and if Cal “Mr Selfish” Ripken was not judged by a streak, he would be your typical.276 lifetime hitting shortstop that NEVER makes the HoF.
BTW, every time I hear that manning broke a Unitas Colts record, I want to throw up. manning broke the Indianoplace Colts records. he has never broken any Baltimore Colts record. So Peyton Manning, John Elway, Jim Irsay, Drunken Bob Irsay can all kiss my a$$!
I know this is family blog but Ripken, Manning and anything Indianoplace Colts get my blood boiling. F-them all.
41 days to Sarasota!
Love this about Cal Ripken. Definitely agree on Manning not needing to win a championship to still be one of the best to every play. There are so many great players that haven’t won a Super Bowl that are still being recognized. With that said, a championship is priceless and Manning winning his second would almost catapult him to the very best to ever do it at the QB position.
So Calpie says Manning shouldn’t be judged by Super Bowl wins. That’s because if you judge the great Cal Ripken by World Series wins then you get a mediocre player.
But Cal was a consummate team player.
Both Manning and Ripkin were average players who played a very , very long time so they accumulated large numbers,,,,,,,,,,,if you had to really count on a player stepping up when it really , really counted , you wouldn’t pick either one of them because they both know how to choke in key situations,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,they are simply players that played a very long time and led their team to only one world championship in many , many , many years of play…………………both over rated tremendously………………..
Been worried about you. Heard about the crazy old guy in Essex who burned down his neighbor’s house. was hoping you were not the crazy old guy. when you hadn’t posted for a while I thought you might have been hi. Well, you could be out on bail…
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