On Sunday, Nov.24, an NFL showdown will take place between two of the greatest quarterbacks the game has even seen: Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, and Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos. Constantly pitted against each other in discussions regarding who the greatest quarterback of all time is, these two really do stand out from the rest of the league’s QBs.
Brady, 36, is a three-time Super Bowl Champion with the New England Patriots, while Manning, 37, is a one-time Super Bowl Champion with the 2006 Indianapolis Colts. Manning, who signed with the Broncos in 2011, was drafted by the Colts in 1998 and was their starting quarterback up until his release from the organization in 2012.
Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts, is known as “The House That Peyton Built.” He took the Colts from the darkness of a dying franchise to Super Bowl stardom, with numerous playoff appearances in-between. Peyton is looking for one more Super Bowl ring before he retires and in the midst of perhaps the greatest season of his career, he just might get it.
On the other side, you have Tom Brady, who’s captained his men in blue unflinchingly for over a decade, amassing three NFL championships and two Super Bowl MVPs in the process. Regarded as one of the greatest leaders in any sport, in any time in history, his unparalleled leadership on and off the field is shown week in and week out.
It was a tumultuous off season for the Patriots, as they lost key offensive players in Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, the latter having recently returned from injury. Brady once again displayed his ferocious leadership abilities this season as he took a raw and inexperienced offensive corps and gave them the tools and confidence they needed to win games, as they now lead the AFC East division by a mile.
Wes Welker, who was a leading wide receiver in New England, signed with Denver in March and will now face his former team for the first time since the move. It will be interesting to see how No. 83 will perform at Gillette Stadium, before his former teammates and home crowd.
Perennial contenders in “greatest quarterback of all time” discussions, you really can’t argue against putting these two up there with such venerable greats as Montana, Unitas and Elway, to name a few. The outcome of the next couple of seasons could cement either one as the best quarterback to ever live.
No matter the outcome of the game on Sunday, seeing these two legends play against each other is always a treat, and with both quarterbacks getting up there in age, this Sunday may very well be one of the last times we get to see these two greats share the field together.