Cal Ripken Jr. weighs in on Peyton Manning's career

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.

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