Making history is nothing new for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
This season saw him throw an astounding 55 touchdown passes, breaking Tom Brady’s previous mark of 50 set in 2007. Saturday night, Manning further etched his name in stone by winning a fifth NFL MVP Award. Of course, he already held the record with four awards. Jim Brown, Brett Favre and Johnny Unitas are tied for second all-time with three each. Only one of the 50 voters went against Manning, choosing Brady instead. Now that this individual accolade has been obtained, it is time to focus on their collective goal.
Super Bowl XLVIII pits the Broncos against QB Russell Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks. It will be football’s greatest offense against the game’s best defense. The question here is whether a solo achievement can help create team success.
Focusing on team remains something that Manning remains focused on no matter what happens. From a leadership standpoint, however, his latest award means a lot.
Teammates, especially those on offense should be motivated. Working with a man who represents the absolute best at his craft not only now, but possibly ever, should push everyone around him. Some perspective is also needed in discussing what has taken place also from a vantage point of physical limitations. Less than two years ago, the quarterback underwent a fourth neck surgery. What followed was daunted rehab and questions regarding arm strength.
Coupling this aforementioned touchdown record with a victory in the Super Bowl might just cap off an all-time great individual season. Manning’s status as leader was only further cemented by this award, and his next mission is to hoist a second Lombardi Trophy. Indeed, such acknowledgement of his talents will boost morale even higher as Denver wins a closely contested battle behind their captain.