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5 Reasons Why 5th MVP Award Makes Peyton Manning Greatest NFL Quarterback Of All Time

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Why Peyton Manning Is The Greatest Of All Time

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Peyton Manning is the greatest quarterback of all time.

In 2013, Manning won his his fifth NFL MVP award, the most of any player. Only three players have ever won three MVPs -- Jim Brown, Johnny Unitas and Brett Favre. No player has ever won four. Manning won four with the Indianapolis Colts and his win this year came with the Denver Broncos.

Manning has endured a lot of criticism throughout his career due to his lack of "big game" wins. That criticism has been much louder recently after his Broncos got dominated in all facets of the game in Super Bowl XLVIII.

That being said, Manning's legacy should never be in doubt. Manning is the greatest quarterback of all time and that is proven by his five MVPs. Manning has won more MVPs because he makes people around him better. Nobody can elevate their teammates' level of play like Manning.

To knock Manning because of his lack of wins in big spots is ridiculous. He plays a team game, a game he can't win without help from his teammates. It can't be put on just one man.

Dan Marino never won a Super Bowl, does that make him a worse quarterback than Trent Dilfer? Of course not. Dilfer won Super Bowl XXXV thanks to a lot of help from his running attack and defense.

Winning is the most important thing, and Manning doesn't close games as well as some other quarterbacks, but that shouldn't be counted against him. Manning's blend of talent and knowledge of the game make him the best quarterback of all time.

Mike Smith is a writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @mikeys322.

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5. Accuracy

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Manning is very accurate and can lead any receiver open.

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4. Decision Making

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Manning doesn't make many bad decisions that result in interceptions.

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3. Arm Strength

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Though it has dwindled in recent years, especially after the neck surgery, one of Manning's biggest strengths early in his career was his big arm.

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2. Trust Of His Teammates

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Manning's teammates and coaches put a lot of trust in him, and that is why he can call so many plays at once and decide which one to run when he gets to the line of scrimmage.

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1. Intelligence

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Manning works very hard and he has a high football IQ. He can read any defense and call an audible that will beat that defense.