Peyton Manning is one of the premier talents that football has ever seen. His tenacity and drive put him on a level that few players have ever reached. Peyton’s intelligence paired with his unrelenting work ethic allow him to break down defenses with ease. However, despite having one of the best regular season records in the history of the NFL (167-73), Manning is now just 1-2 in the Super Bowl. Needless to say, Peyton needs to take some notes from his baby brother.
Despite recording a modest 85-66 regular season record during his time with the New York Giants, Eli Manning is 2-0 in the Super Bowl and has won MVP of both games. Eli’s unflappable demeanor is tailor-made for the big game. In both Super Bowls, the youngest Manning led his team down the field in the fourth quarter for what ended up being the game-winning drive. The man is stone cold. When it counts most, Eli is the Manning you want in your team’s huddle. He is a winner, plain and simple.
Although they are brothers, the careers of Peyton and Eli are unfolding much differently. Peyton is a legend. He will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest players to ever play the game. Peyton can make or break a franchise; just look at the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos with and without him. However, he fails to produce when his team needs him most. With his career coming to end this may just be the legacy that Peyton leaves behind.
On the other hand, Eli is cool and collected at all times. At 33, Eli can still add to his legacy. One more Super Bowl victory and he will be thrust into the conversation of greatest QBs of all time. He plays in the largest sports market in the world and still acts like nothing fazes him. Eli doesn’t need to be boisterous; he lets his rings do all the talking.
There is no denying that Peyton Manning is a great football player. The pressure of the big game just seems to be too much for him to overcome. Peyton needs to turn to his little brother for some words of wisdom. Peyton may be a legend, but he is no Eli.