CANTON, Ohio (CBS4) – Long before he retired, everyone knew Peyton Manning was going to be a Hall of Famer. Like the quarterback greats before him, the voting process was more of a formality than anything else.
Many stories have been told from the time legendary quarterbacks like John Elway, Joe Montana and Brett Favre were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. While some players spent hours debating, it only took the committee seconds to vote on Elway, Favre, and other greats.
“We will keep your legacy alive forever – not just as the player you were, the leader, the teammate you were, but frankly as the man you were.”
The moment Peyton Manning became a member of @ProFootballHOF:
????: #NFLHonors on CBS pic.twitter.com/DPPgYJDvC8
– Denver Broncos (@Broncos) February 7, 2021
For Manning, the process was no different.
Manning began his career as the first overall selection in the 1998 NFL Draft. He would then lead the Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs in 11 of the next 13 seasons. Manning is still the only quarterback to throw 4,000 yards or more in 11 of his first 13 NFL seasons. Manning led the Colts to two Super Bowls and won one.
Manning missed the entire 2011 season with a neck injury and was fired by the Colts at the end of the season. Manning was badly persecuted as a free agent, but the Denver Broncos would win.
For the next four years, the Broncos won at least 12 games each season and played the playoffs each year. In 2013 and 2015, Manning led Denver to a Super Bowl in 2015, including winning the club’s third world championship.
Manning retired as a seven-time All-Pro, five-time MVP, Super Bowl XLI MVP, and 14-time Pro Bowl selection.
At the time of his retirement, Manning’s 539 career touchdown passes and 71,940 yards were the most common in NFL history. He still holds the Broncos record in a season for most passing yards and ranks second in franchise history in career overtaking spots.
Manning is one of only four quarterbacks running two separate franchises into a Super Bowl. He’s the only quarterback to win a title with two different teams.
Peyton’s son Marshall. The smile says it all !! Hall of Fame time pic.twitter.com/2hYJFa7Dgb
– Brandon Stokley (@ bstokley14) February 7, 2021
Manning is the third Hall of Famer in Broncos history, along with John Elway and Champ Bailey.