Peyton Manning is a retired professional American football player in the National Football League (NFL). He held the quarterback position for the Indianapolis Colts from 1998 to 2011 and the Denver Broncos from 2012 to 2015. Due to his many career achievements, Manning is considered as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.
Born on March 24, 1976 in Louisiana, he is the older brother of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning. Manning was an exceptional football player while attending Isidore Newman School and was heavily recruited by 60 colleges. He eventually chose the University of Tennessee where he won several accolades.
In the 1998 NFL Draft, Manning was selected as the first overall pick by the Indiana Colts. 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 was awarded the NFL MVP award for the third time in 2008.
In the next season, Manning received his 4th MVP award while the Colts appeared in Super Bowl XLIV but was defeated by the New Orleans Saints. He was the top 2 in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2011. Manning transferred to the Denver Broncos on March 20, 2012.
In the same season, he was still ranked 2nd in the league and was declared the AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year. He received his 5th MVP award while the Saints appeared in Super Bowl XLVIII. The following season, his ranking went down from second to fifth. The Broncos won Super Bowl 50 and Manning announced his retirement.