Jan 29, 2014; Jersey City, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) during a press conference for Super Bowl XLVIII at Hyatt Regency. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Brett Favre has a lot in common with Peyton Manning. They’re both Southern boys. They both played QB in the NFL. They both put up sick stats over the course of their remarkably long careers. They both found people doubting their legacies in spite of their historic accomplishments.
How can anyone with a brain doubt Peyton Manning’s legacy? It’s that one Super Bowl thing, you see. One Super Bowl, that’s the same number as Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson and Joe Flacco. Guys with only one Super Bowl can’t be regarded among the greatest QBs of all time.
I guess that disqualifies Dan Marino and Fran Tarkenton from the conversation entirely.
Favre hears this same argument about his own legacy. People say he can’t be one of the greatest ever because he only won one Super Bowl. Favre thinks this is silly.
“I kind of laugh at that really,” Favre said of the legacy argument. “I heard the same thing in my career.
“Statistically speaking, if you’re middle of the road and won a lot of Super Bowls, it does a lot for you. But not as much if you win (just) one (Super Bowl) and put up big numbers.”
Added Favre, “I know how hard it is to compete for that long. Peyton’s the closest to me in that respect. It’s tough to be good year in and year out, and week in and week out for that matter. I think it’s foolish to say his legacy will be affected at all.”
Favre thinks looking at wins and losses when evaluating QBs is absurd. “I was fortunate to be part of a lot of winners, but it had nothing to do with me and everything to do with the team,” Favre said. “It takes a team to win, and it takes a team to lose. Obviously, you have a hand in it — obviously Peyton’s hand is a little bit bigger.”
On Sunday, Peyton Manning will get the chance Favre never had later in his career. He’ll get to go out on the field in the Super Bowl and put that one final ribbon on his legacy.
Even if he loses, the legacy should be secure. Peyton Manning is the greatest QB in NFL history. Just ahead of Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Dan Marino, Fran Tarkenton and, yes, Brett Favre.