John Elway says Peyton Manning is two Super Bowl rings away from being the greatest of all time

John Elway is already setting impossible goals for Peyton Manning

8/10/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Aug 9, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) in action against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIREJohn Elway says that he wants to help make Peyton Manning the greatest quarterback of all time. When asked what Manning needed to do in order to fit that description, Elway actually kind of threw him under the bus.

"If he wins two more championships, he’ll be, without a doubt, the greatest quarterback ever to play the game. So when I said that, for me, what I meant, that’s about winning world championships. He’s got the numbers, he has the stats, those will never change, they’ll just get better and better. But for us to make Peyton the greatest quarterback that’s ever played, what will separate him, because now he’s in the conversation, if he wins a couple more before he’s done, then he’ll be right at the top of the list."

So Elway says Peyton needs to win TWO more championships to be considered the greatest ever?

Yeah, good luck with that.

Manning managed to win one Super Bowl in his first 13 seasons with the Colts, and that was with a team that had been built around him and tailored to give him the best chance possible to be successful.

The Broncos are a pretty good (not great) team, and Manning has most likely 3 years left, MAYBE 5 if he's extremely lucky.

If he somehow wins 2 Super Bowls in that time, it would be one of the biggest surprises in sports history.

I'm not sure if this is some sort of backhanded attempt to assert his superiority over Manning, but Elway knows as well as the rest of us that Manning isn't winning two Super Bowls in Denver.

So congrats to Peyton Manning. You're one of a handful of guys in the "greatest QB ever" conversation... but according to your own boss, you're never going to reach the top. Enjoy the rest of your career.
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8/22/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Jess wrote:
I wasn't aware that team championships made the quarterback, but OK. Elway just doesn't want to be considered lower than Peyton on the GOAT list and he knows there's no way Peyton will out-ring him.

I have never understood how a Super Bowl ring is the defining mark of a great quarterback in a team oriented sport.  Last time I checked Eli Manning wasn't lining up at free safety for the Giants. It takes a team effort to win a Super Bowl.  If winning a championship defines you as a quarterback, then Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer are the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

8/22/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Anyone else find it strange that this is coming from a quarterback that is considered one of the all time greats that didn't win the Super Bowl until his last two seasons?

8/22/12   |   medahia23   |   46 respect

Peyton is the one of the greatest hands down. Championship rings is a team effort. As long as the QB is doing his thing then what does it matter. Peyton carried the Colts yes but it always has to be a team effort. They have to now what to do with what is thrown at them and be able to catch the ball. Sooooo, he's on a pretty okay team. If he is back to his self then watch him work and watch the Broncos do some damage this year. Catch it and work. Enough said.

8/13/12   |   Jess   |   34615 respect

I wasn't aware that team championships made the quarterback, but OK. Elway just doesn't want to be considered lower than Peyton on the GOAT list and he knows there's no way Peyton will out-ring him.

8/11/12   |   softtouch22   |   41 respect

Payton do not need that pressure, right now he needs support and really good health, whatever many championships he might or might not win will to me will  not reflect his ability as a quarterback, Payton time with the Colts, already in my book has made him one of the great quarterbacks that has ever thrown a football. The proof is in the history books, now and  forever.  What Payton has done and has achieved can never be taken away. That is his legacy for always.

8/10/12   |   jaysinw   |   4946 respect

LOL that is funny so far no QB who had won a Super Bowl has move onto another team and won a Super Bowl as a starter. So now he needs to win 2, well Peyton I abhor to say it you will not be the greatest as told by John Elway.