When you are standing around the water cooler or just jawing with co-workers the topic of the Super Bowl is always certain to come up Super Bowl week. Who do you think will win? Will Peyton Manning get his second Super Bowl win or how about another MVP? Is Drew Brees going to finally have the credentials to make the HOF? Are the Saints just glad to be here? Someone will have a response to all these. The real question about this game to me is, who has more to lose?
I do not have a dog in the hunt. My team is the Cincinnati Bengals or the Tennessee Titans. Explaining that is a long story so I won’t try to explain. My point is who wins really doesn’t matter to me. I am rooting for Peyton Manning and the Colts. There are several reasons for that, not to mention that the Colts are from the AFC but the real reason is because I think Peyton “Manning not Sean” stands to lose more by not winning this Super Bowl.
When you here the great QBs of all time the names you are going to here are Joe Montana and Tom Brady, and John Elway. One of the big reasons you here their names mentioned is because they are linked to being not only in multiple Super Bowls but being multiple Super Bowl winners. There is also the second tier of QBs and they are Bret Favre, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, and even the lovable QB from Pittsburg, what’s his name? Oh yea, Terry Bradshaw whom I happen to also like. These guys have a combination of wins, Super Bowl Championships, Records, and so on. With the exception of Terry, they don’t have multiple Super Bowl Championships and as a result while argued as being among the best, they lose ground to the multiple Super Bowl winners.
So if Peyton Manning is going to be considered as perhaps the greatest QB ever in the NFL he will need another Super Bowl win to his credit.
He has one Super Bowl win and one MVP – his brother did that –that does not make you great.
He has made the Playoffs six times in his first eight years – Good but not great
This is his second Super Bowl appearance in four years – Could be the ticket with a win
Hasn’t missed a start since he entered the league – Brett Favre leads in that category
One-third of his career he has been considered the league MVP. Four of twelve for those who need to know, which by the way, four MVPs is more than any other player.
If the measure of greatness is winning the Super Bowl, time may be running out on Peyton Manning’s chances. He is no longer a kid and if he were to win and perhaps garner the MVP and be 2 for 2 in Super Bowl chances, well, I believe that makes him the greatest of all-time and his career is not over yet. Indeed, Peyton Manning stands to lose more with a loss on Sunday.