Is Peyton Manning the Greatest QB of All Time?

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Despite what fans, coaches, and even opposing players have to say about it, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is not interested in discussing where he stands in National Football League history. Manning, largely considered one of the game’s greats, recently had this to say: “I’ve been being asked about my legacy since I was about 25 years old. I’m not sure you can have a legacy when you’re 25 years old — even 37,” Manning said. “I’d have to be, like, 70 to have a legacy. I’m not even 100 percent sure what the word even means.”

Regardless of this pronouncement, Manning’s numbers ensure he will leave some sort of legacy, though time will tell how his story will continue to unfold. Here are some ways in which Super Bowl XLVIII is tied to the star’s legacy.

MVP

Though this season’s awards will be handed out the Saturday night before the big game, the odds are heavily in Manning’s favor to win a fifth league MVP award. Why? It’s simple, really: Manning’s proponents say he’s coming off the greatest season in history at the position, and the numbers seem to match that sentiment. In total, Manning threw a record 55 touchdown passes and lead his offense to a record 606 points.

Because Manning is the clear favorite, there are whispers of him winning the MVP award by unanimous vote. This would make him the second player in NFL history to achieve such a feat — only Tom Brady before him has done this, in 2010.

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