Peyton Manning might still be the most recognizable figure in football today, right up there with Tom Brady.
Manning is the son of NFL legend Archie Manning. He played for the Tennessee Volunteers from 1994 to 1997. He was the overall No. 1 pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He played for the Colts for thirteen seasons before missing the 2011 season with an injury. He finished his career with the Denver Broncos.
Manning won two Super Bowls in his NFL career. He is a member of both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. There are plenty more accolades we could name, but I think you get the idea.
The best way to understand why Manning would be a member of the perfect CFP committee is to listen to him talk football. His brain is practically a superprocessor. He memorized the Colts playbook within a week of being drafted. He recalls specifics about plays the Volunteers ran when he played college football.
He isn’t just a great player, but he is one of the smartest, detail-oriented people that has a core competency for football. He is a no-brainer for the first person to be on this committee.
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