Peyton Manning's Most Impressive Accolade: First Team All-Pro Selections

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Peyton Manning's most impressive career accolade isn't what most people would think. 

It's not his league record four MVP selections. It isn't the Super Bowl MVP he won while leading an historically inept Colts organization to a championship. It isn't the fact that he won more games in a single decade (2000's) than any quarterback in history. It isn't the fact that he's on pace to obliterate all of Brett Favre's passing records. It isn't his NFL record (13) 4,000-yard passing seasons. It isn't his NFL record 13 Pro Bowl selections at the quarterback position. It isn't the fact that his 2013 season was the greatest in the 94 year history of the sport, or the fact that he did it coming off of four neck surgeries while playing with nerve damage and two heavily taped ankles.

Manning's most impressive career accolade is being named a First Team All-Pro selection seven times.

While a Super Bowl can be won by going on a four-game winning streak, a quarterback must maintain a high level of performance for an entire season in order to have a chance at being named a First Team All-Pro selection. It's incredibly difficult. Only 26 quarterbacks have earned this distinction in the past 43 years since the NFL/AFL merger. Of those 26 quarterbacks, only ten have been able to accomplish this feat more than once. It's a feat proven to be nearly impossible for No. 1 overall draft picks.

Besides Manning, 19 other quarterbacks have been taken with the number one overall draft selection since the merger. Those 19 quarterbacks have been active for a combined 189 seasons. With almost 200 years worth of opportunities, only one of those quarterbacks has managed to earn First Team All-Pro honors -- Terry Bradshaw who did so once in 1978 under the tutelage of Hall of Fame head coach Chuck Noll, while being surrounded by eight Hall of Fame teammates.

With the league expanding to 26 teams in 1970, 28 in 1976, 30 in 1995, 31 in 1999 and 32 in 2002 -- being named First Team All-Pro has become even more difficult. Prior to Manning's arrival in 1998, it was hard to invsion any quarterback ever breaking the post-expansion record of three First Team All-Pro selections, a feat that had only been achieved by Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Brett Favre and Steve Young.

Manning won five of those selections with the Indianapolis Colts -- a team that was the worst in football when they drafted him and became the worst in 2011 without him. He is also the only quarterback in NFL history to be named First Team All-Pro with two different organizations. Below is the complete list since the 1970 NFL/AFL merger:


Quarterbacks with (7) First Team All-Pro selections:

  • Peyton Manning


Quarterbacks with (3) First Team All-Pro selections:

  • Joe Montana
  • Dan Marino
  • Brett Favre
  • Steve Young

Quarterbacks with (2) First Team All-Pro selections:

  • Tom Brady
  • Dan Fouts
  • Kurt Warner
  • Bob Griese
  • Rich Gannon

Quarterbacks with (1) First Team All-Pro selection:

  • Fran Tarkenton
  • Drew Brees
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Terry Bradshaw
  • Jim Kelly
  • Ken Stabler
  • Boomer Esiason
  • Joe Theismann
  • Randall Cunningham
  • Ken Anderson
  • Bert Jones
  • John Brodie
  • Earl Morrall
  • John Hadl
  • Brian Sipe

Notable quarterbacks with (0) First Team All-Pro selections:

  • John Elway
  • Roger Staubach
  • Troy Aikman
  • Warren Moon
  • Eli Manning
  • Ben Roethlisberger
  • Philip Rivers
  • Donovan McNabb
  • Jim Plunkett

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