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Why Does Peyton Manning Receive So Much Heat


Peyton Manning is one of the best quarterbacks of all-time, a great leader, a gentleman off the field and a family man. He gives to charity (including building a hospital), signs countless autographs, is a role model for kids and has never been in any kind of trouble. So why is there seemingly so much dislike and disdain for a guy that does everything the right way?

I understand that I’m a fan of the Denver Broncos and I’m going to be biased, but I am constantly amazed at the constant criticism of a player who is doing things that fans have always demanded from a professional athlete. I don’t know the exact reasons but I have a few thoughts on the subject.

Is it because he under performs in the playoffs/Super Bowls?: My guess is this is where most of the criticism comes from and some of it is fair, but not to the level Manning receives. It’s true he’s been ousted in the first round of the playoffs more than he would like, but his teams are in the playoffs EVERY SINGLE year. It’s also important to remember that Manning’s teams are almost always one of the top two seeds meaning he doesn’t get to play a lesser wild card team in the first round.

As for the Super Bowls, he’s been to three and won one so let’s not pretend he’s never won a title. Dan Marino is celebrated as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time, yet he only played in one Super Bowl which he lost and never really got close to another one. Many gush over the fact that Jim Kelly led the Buffalo Bills to four straight Super Bowls, even though he lost all of them. Call me crazy but I’ll take Manning’s current 1-2 Super Bowl record over Marino’s 0-1, or Kelly’s 0-4.

Is Manning too good in the regular season?: Is it possible that people hold Manning’s postseason record against him even more because of how great he is in the regular season? Even last season, many “experts” like Keyshawn Johnson constantly downplayed the season Manning was having because of past playoff failures. Granted the Super Bowl was a dud but Manning was pretty special in the playoff games leading up to that point, including throwing for 400 yards in the AFC Championship Game.

It’s insane to discredit a guy because he’s too good in the regular season; Manning has his teams in the hunt every year and as a Broncos fan, I’ll take that over fighting to go 8-8 every season.

Is it the commercials?: Manning, as we all know, is in what seems like every other commercial; do people just get tired of seeing him? If that’s the case, then that’s fine but I still don’t know how that leads to ripping him for his on the field performance.

Plus let’s be honest, Manning’s commercials are a lot better than anything that anyone else is doing. They are funny and Manning is not afraid to make fun of himself.

Those are some of the reasons that I can come up with as to why Manning receives so much negative attention. Is it everyone that feels this way, of course not but that sentiment is out there. Maybe after he retires, Manning will receive some of the love that Marino and Kelly seem to enjoy.

In the meantime Manning will just keep winning games and putting the Broncos in position to win a championship. As for the constant criticism, I echo Denzel Washington in the movie Philadelphia; someone is going to have to explain it to me like I’m a five year-old.

Tags: Dan Marino Denver Broncos Jim Kelly Peyton Manning

  • Michele Bailey

    On behalf of the American Badass, Peyton Manning..This is for all you haten ass critics AKA smack mouth bitches!! TRUTH…People just know what to make of greatness while its happening cause its so rare..for most folks it takes reflection to pop that head! Peyton is the Best QB EVER…like Sherman said..”STATS don’t lie”! So lets take a FACT tour on Peyton fringin Manning.. most TD’s, points, yards, MVP’s, All Pro’s and in 2014 he will take down FARVE’s record for most career TD’s..as he’s already beaten Dan the Man Marino’s career records! Peyton has turned 2 franchises around, to the tune of taken them BOTH to the Superbowl(S) and won 1, only Kurt Warner did that..and Warner never broke any records!! Hell, the Colts were the biggest joke in the NFL when he got there. As a matter of FACT they had so few Colts fans they could have played in a Kroger parking lot and no one would have been the wiser! Peyton Manning is a Record setting, Superbowl winning, first ballot Hall of Fame QB that doesn’t need multiple rings as PEYTON MANNING’S LEGACY IS AN NFL DYNASTY! And he is not done…as we ALL see the smoke cause the man is still on fire!! SO ALL YOU PLAYA HATAS CAN STOP DROP AND ROLL THE F**K OFF!!! And that’s all I have to say about that!!

    • basia.b.

      Thank you, Michele Bailey. Nicely said. I think he’s the best and it’s fine if others don’t. I was born and raised in Chicago and as long as Peyton plays or is directly involved with football, whatever team he is with is my favorite team. The Bears are second- I cheered the Colts in the Superbowl and was banished from the basement tv where the party was to the upstairs tv. Worth it.

  • mauirascal

    Peyton Manning is one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, quarterback to ever play this game! Not only is he great at leading the team, but, reads defenses like no one else ever did. Manning will make one heck of a coach in the NFL. Perhaps he is too squeaky clean to attract much attention! I am 86 and, believe me, I have seen many pro football games…and have seen many of the best…and only in the past few years have I ever saw so many felons and thugs in an NFL football uniform…great role models for other “wannabe” thugs! What the NFL needs is another Pete Rosell….

    • Richard Graham

      And who are these thugs you are referring to?

      • mauirascal

        If you have ever read the sports news or have ever seen an NFL football game…then you know who the thugs are! The NFL is loaded with them….convicted felons, wife beaters, dead beats, drunks, druggies…what more do you need as a reference to what constitutes a thug?

  • politicianssuck

    Peyton is like Dan Marino, sets all the NFL records but can’t win the SB

    • Joe Morrone

      Except he’s WON one!

    • 45coltauto

      No, he’s not. He’s won one Super Bowl. And if that’s your criteria for showing him a little love, you happen to remember a guy named Elway? What was his won-loss record in the Super Bowl, in addition to all the NFL records he set? In fact, Manning is ahead of Elway because he’s 1-2 where Elway was 0-3 at this point in his SB career.

  • Paul Lassiter

    Most are just fans of other teams that have been beatin badly by Manning. No fan likes the opposing QB when they can not beat him.

    • 45coltauto

      I think the majority of the Manning haters are that because — we have him and they don’t. And, as you’ve pointed out, barring a major screw up on our part, they don’t have a hope in he!! of beating him.

      • Paul Lassiter

        Actually I know what it is like. I liked Peyton while he was at UT, but after he was drafted by the Colts and beat us so many times, the liking him kinda dissappeared. However I was thrilled that we were able to land him and now I like him more than ever.

  • Kris Slade

    Peyton Manning is a class act, as a man and as a player. Any team he plays for is lucky to have him. A true legend for the kids to look up too. Anyone says otherwise is just jealous and inept.