Peyton Manning’s Legacy Continues

Peyton Manning’s Legacy is Not Over

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KENT NISHIMURA

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Elizabeth Cotter, Staff Reporter

The future Hall of Fame Quarterback is at a career high! After fifteen years in the NFL, he is still going strong. This season alone he has broken the record for most touchdown passes in the season with 55 (beating Tom Brady’s record of 50) and  Drew Brees’ most passing yards in a season record with 5,477 yards.

The 37 year old has endured a number of neck surgeries to repair a herniated disk. The rehab for this injury put him on the injured reserved list for the entire 2011 season with the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts season that year showed how much the team truly relied on Peyton with a record of 2-14. This then gave the Colts the first draft pick. In an effort to “save money” they dropped Peyton Manning from the franchise to ensure they could give Andrew Luck, from Stanford University, a good salary and new players to rebuild. Peyton, the man that put the Colts on the map for the first time since Johnny Unitas, took the franchise to two Super Bowls, and brought the team enough revenue to build the new Lucas Oil Stadium (which is also nicknamed “the house that Peyton built”) was given up so the team could make room for a new generation.

Peyton then went on to play for the Denver Broncos in 2012. After an impressive season especially for a player recovering from surgery, he lead the Broncos to the playoffs but lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional championship. Peyton returned to prove his worth. The Denver Broncos now are headed to Super Bowl XXVIII to face the Seattle Seahawks. He won the Divisional Championship against his forever rival Tom Brady and the Patriots with 400 passing yards, 2 touchdowns and NO interceptions. Peyton’s chances of being the first player to win the Super Bowl with two different teams is favorable, showing that Peyton Manning’s legacy is far from over.