The Sheriff Rides Off Into The Sunset

One of the greatest NFL quarterbacks to play the game, today Peyton Manning will announce his retirement. Photo Courtesy: Rick Leal
One of the greatest NFL quarterbacks to play the game, Peyton Manning will announce his retirement later today. Photo Courtesy: Rick Leal

By Da’Vince “Dino” Wright

Peyton Manning is one of the most intriguing quarterbacks to ever play the game. He’s been described as: heady, a leader, cerebral and “the master”. He isn’t flashy, fast or cocky. He’s just a flat out winner! The football gods ordained him a champion, leader and MVP (5 times). One might say that he’s one of the smartest quarterbacks to play the game. Manning’s key to success has been the bond he has with his receivers. Every off season he along with his receivers and tight ends work out with the play book and develop hand signals. Defenses are too busy listening to “Omaha Omaha Omaha” at the line to ever pay attention. The hand signals directs the receivers to certain spots on the field. This is one of the main reasons why Peyton has a prime spot in NFL history. Let’s take a look at his accolades and records obtained in his 18 year career.

Manning holds the NFL career touchdown passing record with 539. Single season passing touchdown record with 55 set in 2013. Most passing yards with 5,477 set in 2013. Most games throwing for 300+ yards with 86. Most passing touchdowns in a game with seven in 2013. Most games with a passer rating higher than 105.92. Most games with a perfect passer rating of 158.3:5. Most seasons with 350+ completions with nine. Highest yards-per game, season 342.31 in 2013. Most seasons with 4,000+ yards with 13. First quarterback to beat 31 franchises and one of two quarterbacks to beat all 32 teams along with Brett Farve. NFL career leader in combined regular season and playoff wins by a starting quarterback with 200. Only QB to lead two different teams to the Super Bowl with wins. NFL playoff appearances with 15. Most Pro Bowl appearances with 14.

He is cemented in history as one of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game. He is a first ballot NFL Hall of Famer and legend. When it comes to Canton and Manning’s induction, the only question left is: Will he go in as a Colt or a Bronco? Either way, Peyton Manning will always be remembered as, “The Sheriff”!