Denver Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway is a Hall of Fame quarterback who started his career with the Baltimore Colts in 1983 when they made him the No. 1 overall pick and ended his career with the Broncos in 1998. Elway’s current quarterback, Peyton Manning, will enter the Hall of Fame as soon as he is eligible after his retirement. Manning started his career with the Indianapolis Colts in 1998 when they made him the No. 1 overall pick as well and it looks like he will end his with the Broncos after a couple more seasons.
Elway led the Broncos to a 13-3 season and a No. 1 seed playoff spot only to lose in the divisional round by three points in the 1996 season. It is true that Elway’s 1996-1997 season and Manning’s debut 2012-2013 season have this in common, but the great news is that Manning is just getting started and we can expect more to come. Elway then proceeded to lead the Broncos to win back to back Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998 and retired, ending his career on top.
Will Manning’s career end like Elway’s? I will say that there are several similarities in their careers and it’s kind of eerie. Who knows what will happen with Manning and the Broncos over the next couple of seasons, but I could see the Broncos in the Super Bowl the next two years and if they were to win them both I wouldn’t be surprised if Manning retires on top of the NFL and on top of the all time quarterbacks list of best ever to have played the game.
I look forward to seeing what the Broncos do to improve and what kind of season the Broncos will have in Manning’s second year with the team. Anything less than a Super Bowl title will be a failure in the eyes of the Broncos’ and organization.
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