There are many intriguing debates in this world. Some are about political views, others in regard to religion, and a great many about the ways to live one's life. But no debate in this country, or even on this planet, is quite as fascinating as that of Brady vs Manning.
Having been a goal of mine ever since hearing of it on ESPN, I have come to put an end to the debate once and for all. Now, in order to complete this task, there is a certain set of guidelines I must follow. First, due to the many aspects of this great quarterback dispute (statistics, individual awards, team success, etc.), I cannot simply tackle this debate in one single blog post. Instead, I will have to approach it using a series of posts, each highlighting two or three different facets of the Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning comparison. Next, throughout this process I will keep an open-mind, meaning bias will be excluded as best it can be. For if any favoritism is showcased in this writeup, all claims can be deemed incredible. Lastly, any fact stated in this work will be linked to a valid source. With this approach, hopefully I can create the most accurate conclusion possible as to whom is better: Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. Hope you enjoy.
How They Started
Son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning, Peyton was born with football in his blood. He grew up in Louisiana playing football with his two brothers, Cooper and Eli, and came onto the football scene as a force to be reckoned with. Fueled by his competitive spirt and knowledge of the game, Peyton came out of high school as the unofficial number one recruit in the nation. Taking his talents to Knoxville, the aspiring young quarterback continued his ways in college by setting 42 school, conference, and NCAA records during his four-year career as a Volunteer. At 6'5, 230 lbs, Manning left the University of Tennessee to become the first overall selection in the 1998 NFL Draft. From there he would continue his legacy as an Indianapolis Colt starting the first game for the organization the very next season.
A year younger than Peyton, Tom was raised a few thousand miles away in the town of San Mateo, California. There, he established himself as a potent athlete in both the sport of baseball and football. Although being offered to play at the professional level for baseball, Brady decided his passion was with football. After graduating high school, he pursued a scholarship to the University of Michigan, were he would showcase his talent as a quarterback at the next level. Despite not playing much his first two years, during his Junior season, Tom became the starting quarterback for the Wolverines. From there he developed himself as a prominent Big Ten player, where he even led his team to a victory in the Orange Bowl his Senior year. Unlike Peyton, Tom was not given the luxury of being drafted first overall, or even in the first round. In fact, Brady was not drafted until late in the second-to-last round of the draft, where the Patriots took him 199th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. During his first season as a pro, the rookie worked himself up the Patriots depth chart from 4th to 2nd. Then, in 2001, when the great Drew Bledsoe suffered a major concussion in the second game of the Patriots' season, Brady was called up to be the team's starting quarterback.