Philip Tor | Chicken Fries Enthusiast
As most of you have already heard, Peyton Manning has officially retired from the NFL. Although most people are sad to see a true NFL legend hang up his cleats, I only have one thing to say.
After the past 2 mediocre seasons the sheriff is finally done and I could not be happier. Now this is not because of the fact that I am a Patriots fan and I hate everything about that mouth breathing doo-doo head. I am happy he is retiring because there is no way he could compete at a high level for another season. It was time to move on from football and focus on making more Papa John’s and Nationwide commercials.
Like I said, Peyton is just done, plain and simple and anyone who watched Super Bowl 50 could see that. Here was his stat line for his final game in the NFL.
13-23 / 141 Yards / 0 TD / 1 INT / 5 Times Sacked
Now granted he was playing a Carolina Panthers defense that dominated the league in 2015, but a Super Bowl caliber quarterback should definitely put up more than 141 yards on 13 completions. Watching him play that game was miserable. It actually made me sad to see him get wiped every play, even though they did end up winning. Anyone who has a brain knew he would hang ’em up after that game, ending his illustrious career on a high note.
We have a ton of great Manning moments to look back on. Or do we? I can distinctly remember 3 maybe 4 great plays or passes that Peyton threw. My favorite one is definitely the fake fall which resulted in a 34 yard completion to Emmanuel Sanders in the 2015 playoffs. But back to the point, obviously everyone remembers the records that he tied and set. Touchdowns in a season, Touchdowns in a career, Touchdowns in a game, the list goes on. The point is I can only remember a few great throws he has made. His arm toward the end of his career (As early as 2011) was a noodle, his spirals were loose and he couldn’t get a lot of air underneath his long throws.
That probably contributed to his decline and lack of a playmaking ability. It also shows how good he was. He was the greatest fundamental Quarterback of all time, in my mind. He had the ability to read and dissect a defense and make an accurate throw to his receivers. He was never one for flashy plays and he rarely extended plays with his legs. He knew what he had to do and he did it, simple as that. He is the quarterback kids should be studying as they learn the game, not players like Cam Newton or Russell Wilson, even though that is the way the game is headed.
The game will miss Peyton because of the way he approached the game and dominated teams (except the Patriots) for almost 2 decades. In a league of cocky players and inflated egos, Peyton stood out because he showed everyone how to handle the spotlight and preform under pressure. Also without Manning who is there to compete with Brady? It’s a known fact that Tom Brady owns everyone in the league except for when Peyton Manning comes around to play in January. With Peyton now gone Brady has every right to just dominate the league. Aaron Rodgers prime was wasted by the Packers, the Seahawks are getting worse and worse as they keep losing players to free agency, Ben Roethlisberger is slowly but surely declining, Drew Brees and Tony Romo are old and bad. So the question is until Andrew Luck and Cam Newton step up and take the reigns, who is Tom Brady’s rival?
I’m torn right now. It feels like a Batman without Joker, God without the Devil, Red Sox without the Yankees. I’m going to miss watching Peyton and Tom battle it out on the field in epic games like the 2011 or 2015 playoffs. It’s games like those that everyone lives for, but now with Manning gone who will oppose the golden boy? We will have to wait and see but for now we should all send Peyton off with the best wishes. I cannot wait until the next nationwide commercial that will go a little something like this…
“I – should – not – have – hung – them – up”
“I- just – made – a – huge mis – take”
Peyton’s retirement press conference was just awful. Everything from the 5 minute video of his “monumental” career in Denver to him dropping a Forrest Gump quote after getting a question about his sexual assault. Can’t say I saw that coming, but I definitely was not dissapointed