Before his big matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, Manning won perhaps the biggest individual award, the National Football League Most Valuable Player Award. This marks the fifth time that the signal caller has won the award in his career which is the most all-time. Adding on to a little bit of history, Manning became the first person to ever win the award with two different teams. He had won the award multiple times during his years with the Indianapolis Colts. With his 5,477 yards passing and 55 touchdowns, he more than deserves this honor.
With his record-setting fifth MVP, I believe he has all but guaranteed his rightful place as the greatest quarterback of all time. I also believe that with a win tomorrow, he will without any question be enshrined in the Hall of Fame — and on his first ballot, obviously. He has done so much ever since his rookie season back in 1998 and has not looked back. He had a lot of success with the Colts, winning a Super Bowl and all the awards and records he received.
But what I believe will ultimately place him at the top of everyone’s list is the past couple years. When he recovered from his neck surgery that knocked him out for the entire 2011 season, there was no faith that he was going to be the Manning that he once was. The Broncos took a gamble on that and it has paid dividends above and beyond what was expected. It was almost like the surgery never even happened.
Now Manning looks to aim for his second championship in his great career. But with everything the man has accomplished, he’s at the top of my list of the greatest quarterback to ever touch a football.