ESPN Magazine names Peyton Manning 'most dominant' football player of past two decades
Although his playing career ended over two years ago, the accolades continue to roll in for soon-to-be NFL Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.
The latest honor for the Tennessee legend comes from ESPN the Magazine, which named Manning the “most dominant” football player of the previous two decades. The magazine named Manning the third overall “most dominant” athlete of that time. Tom Brady was the only other football player to make the list and he was ranked at No. 20 overall.
The magazine attempted to rate the dominance of all athletes since the magazine debuted 20 years ago. Using an “unpatented five-step process to determine the most dominant athletes of the past 20 years,” Manning came out rated as the highest football player during that time. Manning was assigned a “Dominance Rating” of 12.7 by the magazine.
Here’s the quote the magazine had in reference to Manning and what made him so dominant during his NFL playing career:
Perhaps the greatest testament to Peyton Manning’s sustained excellence? He made being elite look ordinary; he was just that good. The 539 passing touchdowns, an NFL record. The 71,940 passing yards, also a league mark. The 186 wins at quarterback, the most in the NFL at the time of his retirement — a record that he held until last October, when foil and fellow ridiculously dominant QB Tom Brady seized that honor. Ponder the sheer amount of year-in, year-out greatness required to amass those numbers. Those 539 TDs? He threw for at least 25 touchdowns in 16 seasons — three more than Brady. The 71,940 yards? He racked up 4,000-yard seasons before they were de rigueur, reaching that mark 14 times overall (more than any other quarterback) and every year from 1999 to 2004, when no other QB did so more than two times. The 186 wins? Those can add up when you boast a .750 winning percentage (or better) against half the league. Dominating opponents? Nothing out of the ordinary.