INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The debate remains open as to whether Peyton Williams Manning is the greatest quarterback to ever play American Football. There was voodoo and mojo and Santeria in the air in Miami Sunday night and most of it went the Saints way. A great American city still trying to shake off the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans finally gets a championship for their fans. No need to mention Dwight Freeneyâ€™s ankle or the most porous defense this side of the 2009 NY Football Giants; it was all black magic.
Speaking of the Giants, the notion that Peyton Manning might be the best quarterback of all time has enormous implications for Giants fans. Someday soon they might proudly proclaim that the greatest quarterback in historyâ€™s brother plays for them. Take THAT NFC East! Conversely, the employees of Howard Weil Inc. in New Orleans, an energy investment firm, still will not give Cooper Manning the time of day.
But pro football is in the past now, without even the prospect of a tightly contested Pro Bowl in Honolulu where the players were always more interested in getting their leis than playing the game. The debate about â€œthe bestâ€, â€œthe greatestâ€ and â€œimmortalâ€ rages on for many fans of most sports; a cherished argument for any hoser with a lap full of nachos and a beer-stained and ill-fitted jersey (us).
Today however, we offer a Peyton Manning laudatory declaration that is hard to argue. Peyton is the undisputed King of Acting Athletes. His timing is perfect. His deadpan is straight out of Jack Benny 101. And he seems to always get the concept. A simple notion that always seems to be over the typical acting athlete’s over-sized head. Sure, O.J. Simpson had his Hertz ads, Naked Gun movies and a host of other guest-starring appearances, but did you ever buy a performance? Way too many athletes dabble in the noble profession: Shaq, Joe Namath, Mean Joe Greene, Joe Montana, Michael Jordan… The list goes on and on.
The easiest format to critique these guys is the basic 30-second TV commercial. Itâ€™s the prevalent format and the chance for them to make quick endorsement moolah. And while a select few went on to the world of TV and movies, they all got their starts in spots from Noxema to Aqua Velva to Gatorade. Peyton Manning is still young as far as acting athletes go and as long as he avoids a remake of The Thing With Two Heads, heâ€™ll be awesome.
Let us now present Peyton Manningâ€™s Greatest Hits (to date) No, there are no Oreo Double Stuff Licking League (WTF?) commercials here. But remember folks, even Daniel Day Lewis made Nine.
Again, pick any one of these Priceless pep talks, theyâ€™re all funny. Here, Manning debunks the Rub-Some-Dirt-On-It Theory of bouncing back after injury. Oh, and an Insider’s Side Note: Peyton never uses a teleprompter or cue cards. He reads the script a few times on set and then delivers – no matter how long the copy is.
- â€œGet your head out of your ass. You suck.â€
â€œIâ€™ll kill a snitch, Iâ€™m not saying I have, Iâ€™m not saying I havenâ€™t.”
Okay, the time has come for us to get OUR heads out of Peytonâ€™s ass, weâ€™ve sucked-up enough.