Peyton Williams Manning is the quarterback for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. Manning, who played his college ball for Tennessee, is the older brother of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning.
Manning was the first pick overall in the 1998 NFL Draft. Since his rookie season, Manning has been the starting signal caller for the Colts, playing in every game over the past 10 seasons. In 160 games, he’s completed 3,468 of his 5,405 passing (64.2%) for 41,626 yards. Manning has thrown a total of 306 regular season touchdowns, including setting a new league record with 49 scores in 2004. That season he posted a QB rating of 121.1. The TD pass record was broken by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady who hit for 50 in 2007. Manning has an overall career rating of 94.7. He’s tossed a total of 153 interceptions.
Manning is a prototypical NFL quarterback, possessing a strong and tall frame, a powerful arm and fine leadership skills. He’s a smart player, who is able to read defenses and adjust plays with aplomb. Although not quick footed or speedy, he can get out of the way of an oncoming defender. Manning’s release is very quick; he shows fine balance and body control and good field vision.
Until he won 2006’s Super Bowl XLI, Manning was known for not being able to get the job done in the big game. Not only did he lead the Colts to victory in that contest but also he was chosen as the game MVP. He’s considered to be one of the finest quarterbacks of his generation.