Payton Manning the Mule Driver
Payton Manning is my favorite quarterback. One of the things I liked about it was his work ethic. I sometimes thought of him as if he were a mule team driver. He knew every player’s position and where they were suppose to be hitched in the wagon train line-up.
He was like a great artist, who worked constantly on his skills and analysis of the game. When he stood behind the center you knew he was in command of the team. He stood behind the center like the mule team driver and lashed out instructions to his offensive line. He pointed and pulled and yanked at his players to get them in line. And them drove them down the field.
Payton Manning Retires
After 18 years in the NFL the 39-year-old Payton Manning finally gets to retire. As we all know he won the Super Bowl this year with the Denver Broncos and has one other Super Bowl win with the Indianapolis Colts.
The five-time NFL MVP was a Super Bowl MVP, a 14-time Pro Bowl selection and a seven-time first-team All-Pro. His teams made the playoffs in 15 of his 18 seasons, and he reached the 4,000-yard passing mark in 14 seasons.
In the Broncos’ record-setting 2013 season, when they scored a single-season record 606 points — the first time in league history a team topped 600 — Manning set single-season records for passing yards (5,477) and touchdown passes (55). It was the second time Manning threw for at least 49 touchdowns (2004 was the first) — a mark reached only one other time in NFL history (Brady in 2007).
Payton Manning Highly Respected
Payton certainly had the respect of all who played the game. Tom Brady and Payton Manning, longtime rivals, were always being compared to each other. Brady congratulated Manning for changing the game by writing on his Facebook page last weekend. “Congratulations Peyton, on an incredible career. You changed the game forever and made everyone around you better. It’s been an honor.”
One of my favorite comments that I have read about Manning is the one from Broncos tackle Ryan Harris. “Peyton Manning is the kind of player, the rare kind of player, where no matter how long you played with him, whether it was a month, a year, 10 years, a week, you’re always going to say, ‘I played with Peyton Manning,'” ….You don’t say Peyton Manning and I played together or that Peyton Manning was on my team. You say, ‘I played with Peyton Manning.’ And people could not know anything about you as a player, or what you did, or if you were any good, and they would immediately know you played with one of the best ever and you were always one of the teams that [had] a real shot at the Super Bowl. He’s forever.”