Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts & Denver Broncos

“The most valuable player is the one that makes the most players valuable.”

Peyton Manning, a 6’5”, 230-pound quarterback out of the University of Tennessee, was drafted first overall in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Manning had an illustrious 18-season career as the premier quarterback for the Colts (1998-2011) and the Denver Broncos (2012-15) winning two Super Bowls and earning a victory against each of the current 32 NFL franchises.

His career began with a bang – starting all 16 games as a rookie and setting Colts and NFL rookie records for completions (326), attempts (575), yards (3,739) and TDs (26). His stats only improved from there. Season after season, Manning proved himself to be one of the greatest quarterbacks, if not all-around players, the game has ever seen.

In all, Manning made four Super Bowl appearances. Following the 2006 regular season, Manning helped the Colts overcome a 21-3 first half deficit to beat their AFC rival, New England Patriots, 38-34 and advance to Super Bowl XLI. He then led the charge to his first Super Bowl victory defeating the Chicago Bears and was named the game’s MVP. Three years later Manning led the Colts back to the Super Bowl while capturing the 2009 AFC Championship.

Despite a severe neck injury that forced him to sit out the 2011 season and ending his NFL-record 208 consecutive starts to begin his career, Manning became one of the most sought-after free agents. He signed with the Broncos for the 2012 season. In his second season with the Broncos, Manning led Denver to an AFC championship win and appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII. His final act came during Super Bowl 50 as Manning guided the Broncos to a 24-10 victory over the Panthers for the franchise’s first Super Bowl win in nearly two decades.

At the time of his retirement in 2015, Manning had broken many major NFL records including career passing yards (71,940), career passing touchdowns (539), single-season passing touchdowns (55) in 2013, single-season passing yards (5,477) in 2013, total wins including playoffs (201), 4,000-plus-yard passing seasons (14), consecutive seasons with at least 25 passing touchdowns (13).

Manning earned Pro Bowl honors 14 times (2000-01, 2003-2011, 2013-15), was named Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player five times (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013) and was selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.