Legendary NFL quarterback Peyton Manning will soon officially earn his bronze bust.
Manning, the longtime Indianapolis Colts quarterback, is up for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. Much like former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu a year ago, Manning is considered a lock to enter The Hall on his first try.
Things are going quite well in retirement for Manning, who just received a pivotal 13-second update about his future.
Peyton Manning is among the greatest quarterbacks ever
There once was a time where football fans regularly debated who was better: Peyton Manning or Tom Brady?
Things certainly have changed. Manning played his final snap in February 2016, while Brady is still going strong at age 43 and has a chance to win his seventh Super Bowl.
The top pick in 1998, Manning completed 65.3% of his passes for 71,940 yards, 539 touchdowns, and 251 interceptions in 17 seasons. Manning made 14 Pro Bowls and earned first-team All-Pro honors seven times.
A five-time MVP winner, Manning won two Super Bowls and threw 40 touchdowns in the playoffs. Although Brady has left Manning behind in the ‘G.O.A.T’ race, the Colts legend is still among the greatest quarterbacks ever to take the field.
Manning is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame
If you hoped to feel old today, try this on for size: Peyton Manning is eligible for the Hall of Fame this year.
Manning highlights several notable first-time inductees. He and former Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson, the fourth overall pick in 1998, likely have the best chances of being inducted on the first try.
Peyton Manning’s Hall of Fame chances are looking very bright
The Hall of Fame voters aren’t trying to make Peyton Manning’s possible induction too complicated.
Longtime Colts beat writer Mike Chappell recently presented his case for Manning to enter The Hall. Rather than meet the day before the Super Bowl, the committee spoke virtually in mid-January.
Chappell needed only 13 seconds to explain why he believed Manning should enter the Hall of Fame. USA Today transcribed Chappell’s full comments.
“I’ll make it brief because my Wi-Fi’s screwing up. I’ll just say: ‘Peyton Manning.’ I would drop my laptop but I’m not going to do that, so just pretend that you see me dropping the mic. End of discussion.”
Talk about a concise argument.
For comparison, Peter King wrote in his NBC Sports column that former Lions receiver Calvin Johnson‘s discussion lasted the longest. Voters debated Johnson’s candidacy for 39 minutes and 28 seconds, although King estimated that “about 25 minutes” of the conversation made up the true debate.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame will announce its 2021 class on Saturday, February 6.