|Posted on October 31, 2014 at 8:45 AM|
In 2009, the twently living Hall of Fame quarterbaks were asked to choose: Manning or Brady?
Joe Montana split his vote. Bart Starr, Roger Staubach, Steve Young and Dan Marino abstained. In NFL Network's segment, Marino says that he would choose Manning.
"I guess Peyton Manning because of how he came out from day one and pretty much played at a high level since he's been a rookie." -Dan Marino
Of the 16 Hall of Fame quarterbacks to make a decison, the results have overwhelmingly been in Manning's favor.
Hall of Fame Quarterbacks Who Chose Manning (14)
- Dan Marino
- Fran Tarkenton
- Len Dawson
- Dan Fouts
- Y.A. Tittle
- Sonny Jurgensen
- Warren Moon
- Bob Griese
- Jim Kelly
- Joe Namath
- Troy Aikman
- George Blanda
- Clarence "Ace" Parker
- Charley Trippi
- Terry Bradshaw
- John Elway
"I can tell you that, having played the position, I can say that I have not ever seen a better year played by a quarterback in the history of this game, than was played this year by Peyton Manning." -John Elway (NFL Honors 2014)
This of course, won't prevent televison's "expert analysts" from trying to portray the rivalry as a draw. On-field performance stands in opposition to that, but in a world of hype and marketing, fans can expect much more of the same promotion. Hall of Fame quarterbacks themselves might beg to differ, but good luck seeing that promoted.
A future Hall of Fame quarterback went as far as to call Manning the "greatest of all-time." His name—Tom Brady.