Denver Broncos: John Elway or Peyton Manning?
It's time to get the comparisons ready, and where's a better place to start than the Denver Broncos? When discussing each from an overall career standpoint, it's not easy to make a decision, they are both Hall Of Fame quarterbacks. Manning is a definite shoe in for the Hall Of Fame once he retires, and in his first season as a Broncos quarterback, he nearly led the team to the Super Bowl.
Elway retired in 1999 and statistically was the second most prolific passer in NFL history. Elway led his teams to six AFC Championship Games and five Super Bowls, winning his last two. Elway set several career records for passing attempts and completions while at Stanford. He also received All-American honors. Elway was drafted #1 overall in the 1983 Draft by the Baltimore before being traded to the Denver Broncos.
In 1987, he embarked on what is considered to be one of the most clutch and iconic performances in sports and in NFL history, helping engineer the Broncos on a 98-yard, game-tying touchdown drive in the AFC Championship Game against the Cleveland Browns. The moment is known throughout the league as "The Drive." Following the AFC Championship Game, Elway and the Broncos lost in Super Bowl XXI to the New York Giants. It would be the first of a record five Super Bowl starts at quarterback in Elway's career, a record that he solely held until 2012 when Tom Brady earned his fifth Super Bowl start.
Manning played college ball 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 'Huskers42-17 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 top overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts From 1998 to 2010, he led the Colts to eight (seven AFC South and one AFC East) division championships, two AFC championships, and to a Super Bowl Championship. He has won a record four league most valuable player awards,was the most valuable player of Super Bowl XLI, has been named to twelve Prowl Bowls has twelve 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 NFLand Fox Sports along with Sports Illustrated named him the NFL player of the decade of the 2000s.
So, who has enjoyed the best career in a Broncos uniform? Feel free to use the comment section to voice your opinion.