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Started: 4/20/2014 Category: Sports
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I think Peryton Manning is


I believe that the best American football player is Adrian Peterson. I will let Pro start in the next round and then I will give my first argument.
Debate Round No. 1


Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976) is an American football quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). A five-time league MVP, he played for the Indianapolis Colts for 14 seasons from 1998 to 2011. He is a son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and an elder brother of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

Manning played college football for the University of Tennessee, leading the Volunteers to the 1997 SEC Championship in his senior season. However, No. 3 Tennessee lost to the No. 2 Nebraska Cornhuskers 42-17 in the Orange Bowl giving Nebraska and Tom Osborne their 3rd national championship in 4 years. He was chosen by the Indianapolis Colts with the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. Manning's playing career and statistics have ranked him among the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. From 1998 to 2010, he led the Colts to eight (seven AFC South and one AFC East) division championships, two AFC championships, and one Super Bowl championship (Super Bowl XLI). His five NFL MVPs are a league record,he was the most valuable player of Super Bowl XLI, has been named to thirteen Pro Bowls, has thirteen 4,000-yard passing seasons,and is the Indianapolis Colts' all-time leader in passing yards (54,828) and touchdown passes (399). In 2009, he was named the best player in the NFL, and Fox Sports, along with Sports Illustrated, named him the NFL player of the decade for the 2000s. Before the 2013 season had even finished SI had named him their Sportsman of the Year.[4]

In May 2011, he underwent neck surgery to alleviate neck pain and arm weakness he dealt with during the previous few seasons before signing a five-year, $90 million contract extension with the Colts in July 2011. Manning had hoped to play in the 2011 season, but in September 2011 he underwent a second, and much more serious surgery: a level one cervical fusion procedure. Manning had never missed an NFL game in his career, but was forced to miss the entire 2011 season. He was released by the Colts on March 7, 2012, and after an almost two-week period where he visited with and worked out for several NFL teams, he signed with the Denver Broncos on March 20, 2012.

Manning's pre-snap routine has earned him the nickname "The Sheriff" and he is one of the most recognizable and parodied players in the NFL. Teams led by Manning more often than not use the hurry-up offense in place of the standard huddle.
Manning attended Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He led his team to a 34"5 record during three seasons as starter. He was named Gatorade Circle of Champions National Player-of-the-Year and Columbus (Ohio) Touchdown Club National Offensive Player-of-the-Year in 1993.[7]

College career
Manning stunned many when he chose to attend the University of Tennessee and play on the Tennessee Volunteers football team, instead of attending the University of Mississippi, his father's alma mater.[8] He became Tennessee's all-time leading passer with 11,201 yards and 89 touchdowns and won 39 of 45 games as a starter, breaking the Southeastern Conference (SEC) record for career wins.[9][10]

Manning's number was retired by the University of Tennessee in 2005
As a freshman, Manning was the third-string quarterback, but injuries to Todd Helton and Jerry Colquitt forced him to take over the Mississippi State game, a 24"21 loss. In his first start, the following week against Washington State, the Vols won, 10"9, and the Vols won all but one of their remaining games, finishing the season 8"4 with a 45"23 victory over Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl.[11][12][13]

Manning and the Vols started off the 1995 season with victories over East Carolina and Georgia, before heading off to Gainesville to play the Gators.[14] Against Florida, he threw for 326 yards and 2 touchdowns, leading the Vols to a 30"21 halftime lead. However, the Gators outscored the Vols 41"7 in the second half, winning 62"37.[15] This was the Vols' only loss of the season, as they won their remaining 8 regular season games, including a 41"14 win over Alabama and then defeated Ohio State in the Citrus Bowl.[16][17] The Vols ended the season ranked third and Manning came in sixth in Heisman Trophy voting.[18]

The Vols opened the 1996 season ranked second behind Nebraska and one of the favorites to win the national championship.[19] However, after winning their first 2 games against UNLV and UCLA, the Vols again lost to Florida 35"29, with Manning throwing 4 interceptions.[20] After winning their next four games, the Vols were upset by Memphis, despite Manning passing for 296 yards.[21] The Vols won the remainder of their games, including a 48"28 win in the Citrus Bowl over Northwestern, a game in which Manning passed for 408 yards and 4 touchdowns; he was named the game's MVP.[22][23]

Manning completed his degree in three years, a B.A. in speech communication,[24] and was projected to be the top overall pick in the NFL Draft, but returned to Tennessee for his senior year.[25] In his senior season, the Vols opened the season with victories against Texas Tech and UCLA, but for the third time in his career, Manning fell to Florida 33"20.[26][27][28] The Vols won the rest of their regular season games, finishing 10"1, and advanced to the SEC Championship game against Auburn. Down 20"7, Manning led the Vols to a 30"29 victory. Throwing for 4 touchdowns, he was named the game's MVP, but injured himself in the process.[29][30] The 3rd-ranked Vols were matched-up with second-ranked Nebraska in the Orange Bowl; if Tennessee won and top-ranked Michigan lost to Washington State in the Rose Bowl, the Vols would win the national championship.[31] However, the Vols' defense could not stop Nebraska's rushing attack, giving up over 400 rushing yards in a 42"17 loss.[32] As a senior, Manning won numerous awards; he was a consensus first-team All-American, the Maxwell Award winner, the Davey O'Brien Award winner, the Johnny Unitas Award winner, and the Best College Player ESPY award winner, among others; however, he did not win the Heisman, finishing runner-up to Charles Woodson.[33][34][35] In 2005, Tennessee retired Manning's number (No. 16).[36] One of the streets leading to Neyland Stadium has been renamed Peyton Manning Pass. Manning was elected to Phi Beta Kappa Society in 1997.

Professional career
Indianapolis Colts
1998 season: Rookie season
"To me, he's the greatest of all time. He's a friend of mine, and someone that I always watch and admire, because he always wants to improve, he always wants to get better, and he doesn't settle for anything less than the best. So, when you watch the best and you're able to learn from the best, hopefully that helps me get better."

"Tom Brady, on Peyton Manning.[37]
Despite concerns about his arm strength and mobility,[38] Manning was selected first overall in the 1998 draft by the Indianapolis Colts.[39] In his rookie season, he passed for 3,739 yards with 26 touchdowns, set five different NFL rookie records, including most touchdown passes in a season, and was named to the NFL All-Rookie First Team.[40][41][42] Manning's first win came against fellow rookie quarterback Ryan Leaf, 17"12 over the Chargers.[43] Weeks later, Manning faced off against Steve Young; he threw three touchdowns, tying a Colts rookie record, but the 49ers kicked a late field goal to win 34"31.[44] In November against the Jets, Manning threw for three touchdowns in a 24"23 win; he was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for this performance. It was the first game-winning drive of Manning's career, as he hit Marcus Pollard with the game-winning TD pass.[41][45] Manning was certainly a bright spot in 1998 for the Colts, but he also threw a league high 28 interceptions as the team struggled to a 3"13 record with a defense that gave up more than 27 points per game. The Colts lost many close games, including five games in which they had led by double-digits at some point.[46][47]

The Colts opened the 1999 season with a 31"14 victory over Buffalo, but gave up a 28"7 lead the following week against the Patriots and lost.[48][49] After defeating San Diego 27"19 in a game in which Manning threw for over 400 yards, and was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week, they lost again, to Miami.[41][50][51] The Colts responded by winning 11 of their remaining 12 games, finishing 13"3 and the AFC East champions. The 10 game turnaround from the previous year set an NFL record.[52] As the second seed in the AFC, the Colts earned a first round bye, and faced Tennessee in the playoffs. The Colts lost 19"16 to the Super Bowl bound Titans and Manning was limited to one touchdown run.[53] Manning finished the year with 4,135 passing yards and 26 passing touchdowns, and was named both Second-team All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl, both firsts for him.[40][54] In the Pro Bowl, he passed for 270 yards with 2 touchdowns.[55]

The Colts started the 2000 season inconsistently. Following an opening week victory against Kansas City, they blew a 21"0 lead against the Raiders.[56][57] The Colts responded with a Monday Night victory against Jacksonville, a 43"14 win in which Manning threw for 430 yards and 4 touchdowns; Manning was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for this performance.[41][58] The Colts won 4 of their next 5 games, including one against New England in which Manning posted the first perfect passer rating of his career, but then lost 4 of the 5 games following that. The Colts regained their momentum, winning their final 3 games, including a 31"10 win over Minnesota on Week 17. Manning threw for 4 touchdowns in the win and was again named AFC Offensive Player of the Week and the win gave the Colts a 10"6 record as well as a wild card spot in the playoffs.[41][59][60] In the wild card game, the Colts fell to the Dolphins 23"17 in overtime. Manning passed for 194 yards and a touchdown in the loss.[61] He finished the season with 4,413 passing yards


Adrian Lewis Peterson[1] (born March 21, 1985) is an American football running back for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL).[6] Peterson was selected by the Vikings with the seventh overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Peterson played college football for the University of Oklahoma, and set the NCAA freshman rushing record with 1,925 yards as a true freshman during the 2004 season. As a unanimous first-team All-American, he became the first freshman to finish as the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Peterson finished his college football career as the Sooners' third all-time leading rusher.[7]

Following his first pro season, in which he set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a single game (296), Peterson was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.[8] He was then awarded the MVP award for his performance in the Pro Bowl and became only the fifth player in NFL history to have more than 3,000 yards through his first two seasons. In 2010, he became the fifth fastest player to run for 5,000 yards, doing so in his 51st game.

In 2012, Peterson became the sixth fastest player to reach 8,000 rushing yards, ending the season with 2,097 rushing yards, just nine yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's single season all-time record. Peterson amassed 2,314 all-purpose yards from scrimmage in 2012, tying Marcus Allen for the eighth-highest total ever. For his efforts, he received the NFL MVP Award and the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award for the 2012 NFL season. Peterson also achieved the #1 spot on the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2013.[9] In the 2013-2014 season, Peterson became the 3rd fastest player to reach 10,000 rushing yards in NFL history.

Early Years
Peterson was born in Palestine, Texas, to Bonita Brown and Nelson Peterson, who were also star athletes in college.[10] His father was a shooting guard for Idaho State, but his dream of an NBA career was derailed when a gun that his brother was cleaning discharged into his leg.[10][11] His mother, a three-time Texas state champion at Westwood High School, attended the University of Houston on an athletic scholarship and was a sprinter and long jumper.[10] Peterson's best friend was his older brother Brian. Peterson's father nicknamed him "All Day," because his father said he could go all day.[12] Peterson is also the nephew of Ivory Lee Brown (a former NFL running back). At age 7, Adrian saw his 9-year-old brother Brian killed by a drunk driver as he rode his bicycle.[12] It was around that time that Peterson began to deal with his pain through sports and became interested in football.[13] He was the star of the Pee Wee football team coached by his father and played in the popular Pop Warner Football program when he was 12.[1] When Peterson was 13, his father was arrested for laundering money for a crack cocaine ring.[12] Peterson continued his interest in athletics into high school, where he competed in track and field, posting a wind-assisted time of 10.33 seconds[14] in the 100 meters (he has stated he has also posted a time of 10.19 seconds),[15] 21.23 seconds in the 200 meters and 47.6 seconds in the 400 meters, basketball, and football at Palestine High School.[16] Peterson was most notable in football, which he played during his junior and senior years.[17] During his sophomore year, he was not eligible to play for the Palestine High varsity football team.[10] Peterson's 2002–2003 campaign as a junior ended with 2,051 yards on 246 carries, an average of 8.3 yards per carry, and 22 touchdowns.[2] It was during his junior year that he began to attract the attention of Division I recruiters and realized he would likely have his pick of colleges after his senior year.[10] As a senior in 2003–2004, he rushed for 2,960 yards on 252 attempts, an average of 11.7 yards per carry, and 32 touchdowns.[2] After a game, players from the other team asked for his autograph.[10] Following Maurice Clarett's unsuccessful attempt to sue the NFL over its age limit in 2004, there was considerable debate over whether any high school football player might be able to make the leap from the preps to the pro game. The player most frequently mentioned was Peterson.[18] After considering schools such as Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, Arkansas, and Miami,[19] he decided that he wanted to go to a school where he could be a difference-maker in a national championship run and narrowed his choices down to USC and Oklahoma.[10] Concluding his high school football career at the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl, he led the West squad with 95 yards on 9 carries and scored 2 touchdowns, and announced at the game that he would attend college at Oklahoma.[20] Following his senior season, he was awarded the Hall Trophy as the U.S. Army National Player of the Year.[20] In addition, he was named the top high school player by College Football News and[2]

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College career[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

Peterson before a game against Washington Huskies.

Peterson attended the University of Oklahoma, where he played for coach Bob Stoops' Oklahoma Sooners football team from 2004 to 2006. During his freshman season at Oklahoma, Peterson broke several NCAA freshman rushing records, rushing for 1,925 yards and leading the nation in carries with 339.[6] In the first nine games of the season, he rushed for more than 100-yards, which is a freshman record.[21] He rushed for 100 yards in the season opener against Bowling Green,[22] 117 yards against Houston, 183 yards against Oregon, 146 yards against Texas Tech, 225 yards against Texas, 130 yards against Kansas State, and 122 yards against Kansas.[21][23]

Against Oklahoma State on October 30, 2004, Peterson had an 80-yard touchdown run and rushed for 161 yards in the third quarter, finishing with a career-high 249 yards.[24] Despite dislocating his left shoulder in the first half, he managed to run for 101 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries, his ninth straight 100-yard game, against Texas A&M.[25] In the next game, he saw little action because of his shoulder injury and finished with 58 yards, which ended his streak of consecutive games with at least 100 yards rushing at 9.[26] In a game versusBaylor, Peterson ran for 240 yards, including three second-half touchdowns,[27] and set the NCAA record for most 100-yard games by a freshman with 11 against Colorado.[28]Oklahoma, who were one of the poorest rushing teams the year before, became one of the nation’s best.

Despite his record-breaking season, he finished second to USC quarterback Matt Leinart in the Heisman Trophy voting.[6] Among other honors, he was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award,[29] and the first Oklahoma freshman recognized as a First-Team Associated Press All-American.[6] Peterson contributed to a perfect regular season for the Oklahoma Soonersand participated in the 2005 BCS National Championship Game with a berth to the 2005 Orange Bowl against USC Trojans.[29] USC retooled their defense to stop Peterson and limited him to just 82 yards, as the Trojans defeated the Sooners, 55–19. USC later vacated the win due to NCAA infractions. After the season, he had surgery on his left shoulder to strengthen the muscles around the joint.[10]

Sophomore season[edit]

In 2005, Peterson's playing time was limited by a broken foot.[2] He injured his ankle in the first Big 12 Conference game of the season against Kansas State.[31] Despite missing time in four games, he rushed for 1,208 yards and 14 touchdowns on 220 carries, finishing second in Big 12 rushing yardage.[6] His 2005 season was also notable for a career-long 84-yard touchdown run against Oklahoma State.[6] Oklahoma finished the season with an 8–4 record, the worst season since 1999. They finished third in the Big 12 behind the Texas Longhorns and the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Sooners would represent the Big 12 in theHoliday Bowl where they defeated the sixth-ranked Oregon Ducks, 17–14.[32] On July 11, 2007, the NCAA announced the Sooners would have to vacate all victories from the 2005 season, including the bowl game, due to NCAA violations;[33] however, the decision was partially overturned in February 2008, and the NCAA reinstated the Sooners' 8–4 record from the season.[34] Upon the conclusion of the season, he was named a member of the All-Big 12 Conference team.[6]

Junior season[edit]

Peterson runs against Boise State in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.

Peterson's father, Nelson Peterson, was released from prison during the 2006 college football season and was able to watch his son as a spectator for the first time on October 14, 2006,[13] when Oklahoma played Iowa State. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State in that game, however, on the final drive for the Sooners, Peterson broke his collar bone when he dove into the end zone on a 53-yard touchdown run.[35] During a press conference on October 18, Peterson said he was told by doctors to expect to be out for 4–6 weeks.[36] At the time of the injury, Peterson needed only to gain 150 yards to pass Billy Sims as the University of Oklahoma's all-time leading rusher.[37] He was unable to return for the rest of the Sooners' regular season and missed seven games. The Sooners would turn to Allen Patrick, a junior, and Chris Brown, a freshman to replace Peterson. The team went on a seven game winning streak including winning the Big 12 Championship game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.[38] He returned for their last game against Boise State in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, where he rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown.[35] He refused to discuss his plans beyond the end of this season with the press.[36] He concluded his college football career with 1,112 rushing yards his final season, even after missing multiple games due to injury [39] for a total of 4,245 rushing yards (only three seasons).[40] He was 73 yards short of passing Billy Sims as Oklahoma's all-time leading rusher.[40]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Hall Trophy (2004)

  • Associated Press first-team All-Freshman (2004)

  • Unanimous first-team All-American (2004)

  • Doak Walker Award finalist (2004)

  • Heisman Trophy finalist (2004)

  • Jim Brown Trophy (2004)

  • Sports Illustrated All-Decade Team (2009)

  • Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award (2013)

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Debate Round No. 4


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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by sportdebater 7 years ago
Peterson isnt currently the best player but no doubt he will in the next few years and if he keeps up his good work. I'm a Vikings fan and i am really excited to see how good my Vikings will be in the next 5 years especially now that he got Bridgewater and Cordarrelle. the Vikings will no doubt be super Bowl contenders and peterson will no doubt win a ring one day. As for the debate i feel like it was unorganized. i dont think you can compare a RB to a QB. Its like asking is Joe Montana a better player then Ray Lewis.You cant say that because they play different positons and have different roles on the team. The question should have been like " is Peyton Manning a better QB then Drew Brees or something like that"
Posted by thenavdeepdahiya 7 years ago
Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard are.
Dont kniw what you guys talking about
Posted by TheEpicGlassesGuy 7 years ago
I know @ humanright2debate. Pro used Wikipedia so I followed.
Posted by humanright2debate 7 years ago
A waste of data base and time argument, both side fail to show point to proof their claim.
Posted by TheEpicGlassesGuy 7 years ago
I decided to continue my argument despite the fact that Pro forfeited
Posted by SONOFGOD2013 7 years ago
Peterson and Manning are both pretty beast at football. That's a hard one. But here both the best in their own position. Maybe of all time. It would be awesome if they were on the same team.
Posted by 9spaceking 7 years ago
con got destroyed.
Posted by SaahirB 7 years ago
Hey guys make sure to coment
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Reasons for voting decision: Unfortunately, Pro ceased participating in this debate. Conduct, obviously, for the forfeits. As to arguments, Pro stopped showign up, so Con gets the win. As always, happy to clarify this RFD.
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Reasons for voting decision: The entirety of Pro's argument is copy-pasted from Wikipedia. The same is the case with Con. Disgusting...

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