Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos quarterbackPeyton Manning
(18) throws in the pocket against the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
2. Peyton Manning
There are few athletes in the history of sports that are like Peyton Manning.
Rarely do we see a man play so dominant during the regular season, only to see him completely fall apart in the playoffs, where it really matters. In my opinion, Manning is the greatest regular season quarterback of all time. Last year illustrated this perfectly. Peyton broke very record in the book, and led his team to an easy 13-3 record. But come playoff time, the old Manning resurfaced, and choked when it really mattered.
That is why Manning is not number one. Quarterbacks are supposed to win the important games for their teams, and Manning just doesn’t do that. He is amazingly smart, knows every defensive formation there is, and maximized the talent around him like no other (well, except for one man). But he doesn’t come through when it counts.
2013 Stats: 5,477 yards, 55 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 115.1 passer rating