Even though he will be 38 years old next season, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning remains one of the NFL’s most exciting players to watch. This season saw him throw an astounding 55 touchdown passes, breaking Tom Brady’s previous mark of 50 set in 2007. Recently 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. Such a convincing win proved how dominant he remains in the latter stages of his career. Despite Denver getting destroyed in Super Bowl XLVIII this will always be an all-time great signal caller.
On Tuesday reports surfaced that Manning passed an annual physical on that surgically repaired neck, giving the green light for a 2014 return. Now in addition to chasing his second Super Bowl ring, Archie’s middle child will most likely pass Brett Favre for career touchdown passes. As a major Favre fan this day will sting slightly, but knowing Peyton’s own class and greatness makes him worthy. Manning almost represents the end of football’s “old guard” of quarterbacks.
Soon the league will consist basically of 20 something star signal callers. Manning’s mastery of the pre-snap audible makes him a field general comparable to no one else seen before. His physical prowess and sheer ability are going to be missed when he does call it a career.