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Why Peyton Manning Is the NFL Player of the Decade

Published by on December 20, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts

There have been many great players to play in the NFL over the past 10 years: Tom Brady, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Walter Jones, Brett Favre, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Michael Strahan, to name a few.

But there is one name that stands above the rest at an undisputed rate: Peyton Manning.

Manning, the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, will go down in history as one of the (if not the) best quarterback in NFL history once his tenure is done.

And while many east-coast biased fans argue that Patriots QB Tom Brady is the best player of the decade, a simple look at numbers leaves me begging to differ.

Although you can argue that since Brady didn't become a starter until 2001 and Manning was a starter from 1998, his early success offsets that. Brady won Super Bowls in three of his first four full seasons as a starter.

Had Manning not won his Super Bowl in 2006, this debate wouldn't be so one sided.

Manning has started in 190 consecutive games,...

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