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Is Peyton Manning the best quarterback the world has seen

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Started: 1/13/2017 Category: Sports
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Peyton Manning was selected by the Indianapolis Colts as the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. From 1998 to 2010, he improved the fortunes of the struggling Colts franchise and helped transform them into playoff contenders. During his tenure as starting quarterback, Manning led the team to eight division championships, two AFC championships, and one Super Bowl title, the franchise's first in over three decades, as well as their first since relocating to Indianapolis.

After undergoing neck surgery that forced him to miss the entire 2011 season, Manning was released by the Colts and signed with the Denver Broncos. Serving as the team's starting quarterback from 2012 to 2015, he contributed to the Broncos reaching the top of their division each year and his playing career concluded with a victory in Super Bowl 50.

Manning holds many NFL records, including passing yards (71,940), touchdown passes (539), AP MVP awards (5),[2] Pro Bowl appearances (14), and 4,000-yard passing seasons (14).[3][4] A two-time Super Bowl winner and the most valuable player of Super Bowl XLI, Manning is also the only quarterback to start the Super Bowl for two different franchises more than once each and the only starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different franchises.[5]

During a 2009 Monday Night Football game, Manning received the nickname "The Sheriff" from color commentator Jon Gruden due to his tendency to audible prior to the snap,[6] and he was one of the most recognizable and parodied players in the NFL.[7] Teams led by Manning typically utilized the hurry-up offense in place of the standard huddle.[


Cam Newton is the evolutionary quarterback.

At a chiseled 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds with 4.60 wheels, he has the size and speed to match the All-Pro defensive ends giving chase. A half-decade into his career, he gets his offense into the right plays, reads defenses, exhausts his progressions, takes advantage of over-aggressive pass rushes and attacks every inch of the field with one of strongest arms in the league.

It was less than two years ago that scouts, coaches and executives were bemoaning the death of the running quarterback. Now Newton stands atop NFL Network's The Top 100 Players Of 2016 countdown after becoming the first player in NFL history with at least 30 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in a single season.

He's the ultimate pick-your-poison weapon, capable of burning defenses with his arm on game-breaking downfield strikes or converting short-yardage situations with his legs.

To Newton's credit, he warned us this historical season was coming.

"Nobody has ever been who I'm trying to be," Newton boasted in May of 2015. "Nobody has the size, nobody has the speed, nobody has the arm strength, nobody had the intangibles that I've had. ... Hear me out. I'm just saying that so much of my talents have not been seen in one person."

He reiterated that sentiment in January, telling reporters he might scare critics "because they haven't seen nothing that they can compare me to."

A football world tempted to diminish Newton's prediction as hubris a year ago is now lining up to pay tribute to his extraordinary skill set.

"I haven't seen one like him," Denver defensive coordinator Wade Phillips acknowledged in the lead-up to Super Bowl 50. "None of us have."

Broncos Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib agreed, labeling Newton "super unique."

"I've never seen nobody that size," Talib explained. "You look like the typical NFL quarterback. You can sit in the pocket and throw it. And then you can run ... you probably could play any position in the NFL that you wanted to. So he's definitely a unique player. Like I said he's probably the most dangerous quarterback in the NFL right now. ... He's the best of both worlds, man."

The 2015 MVP has won over opponents such as Colts cornerback Darius Butler, who acknowledged Newton has developed into the best player in the league.

If Newton reigns supreme during football's most advanced, complex era, it's natural to wonder if he is also enjoying the greatest dual-threat season in NFL history.

We can trace the evolution of dual-threat quarterbacks to Fran Tarkenton, who bedeviled pass rushers with his madcap scrambling ability in the 1960s and '70s.

The next stage brought us Randall Cunningham and Steve Young in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Cunningham was the first truly explosive running threat to excel as a passer while Young was the first to be just as effective throwing as running.

Newton is a different animal altogether. Whereas most dual-threat quarterbacks compromise a defense by fleeing the pocket and taking off for back-breaking gains, Newton is integral to the Panthers' chain-moving rushing attack with his deceptive ball-handling and short-yardage prowess.

A two-play sequence in the NFC Championship Game drove home Newton's rare ability. Facing third-and-10 from the Cardinals' 23-yard line, he started to his right and carried safety Chris Clemons for an 11-yard gain and a first down. He ran again to his right on the next play, taking off from the 3-yard line and somersaulting into the end zone for a touchdown.

"Those two plays there -- he's the only quarterback in the league who is doing that," tight end Greg Olsen said after the game. "That sums him up. He's different. He's a special guy. What more can you say?"

Sequences of that unique nature are what led NFL Media analyst Michael Robinson to wonder prior to the start of the playoffs if Newton had emerged as the greatest red-zone threat ever.
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Posted by lua 1 year ago
Oh wow! Another plagiarized article! Are you incapable of thinking for your own, Aj?
Posted by ajisthetruth 1 year ago
2 Super Bowl wins actually. He won Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos.
Posted by agenttim2002 1 year ago
WOW 1 Superbowl win
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