While Peyton Manning is sitting on his couch this Sunday, his little brother Eli with his New York (football) Giants will be battling the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.
Here are five reasons why Eli is better….
Let’s be real – Peyton won’t actually be sitting on his couch, but he will rather be cheering for his kid brother to win a second Lombardi Trophy against fellow elite quarterback Thomas Edward Patrick “Tom” Brady, Jr.
5: Football is all about winning.
In thirteen seasons, Peyton reached two Super Bowls and won one of those. The victorious campaign came against the Rex Grossman led Chicago Bears, and his losing effort came against Drew Breese and the New Orleans Saints.
On the other hand, Eli’s one and only attempt came against the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady. If you don’t count the upcoming game, Eli earned the more difficult victory of all the Manning Brothers’ Super Bowls.
Not to mention that Eli has accomplished this feat in five fewer seasons than his elder bro.
4: Winning in the playoffs.
It is the QB’s duty to instill the confidence and trust in his team to succeed, and he must lead by example.
This season (and throughout his career), Eli has been the master of the comeback. More importantly, Eli has accomplished this feat when it really matters – during the playoffs.
In his career, he has visited the playoffs five times. Eli has also led three come-from-behind victories in the playoffs.
In eleven playoff trips, Peyton only led one comeback win.
3: A Winning Percentage.
In Peyton’s playoff career, he has an overall records of nine wins and ten losses for a winning percentage of 47.37%.
In ten playoff games, Eli has a record of seven wins and three losses for a winning percentage of 70%.
This is not to say that Peyton has not won his fair share of games, but in the second season when wins are at a premium, Eli is batting .700 and Peyton is batting a mere .474.
Even though these facts are presented as baseball statistics, they still hit home.
2: ”Captain Clutch”
No one deserves such a title as much more than Eli Manning, who holds the record for most 4th quarter touchdown passes in a single season. A record that he stripped from none other than his older brother Peyton Manning (and football legend Johnny Unitas as well).
It’s about time Eli received his due respect, and this last point will be the argument to end all arguments for good….
1: Being awesome is an awesome thing to be.
Nothing is more awesome than being drafted #1 overall and immediately jumping ship. Who else has the guts to say “I am too good for you” before he has even played a single snap at the professional level you might ask? Not a single soul.
Peyton is a good player, but he abides by the book to a fault. He could really learn something from his little brother in terms of courage on and off the gridiron.
Maybe this weekend Peyton will take closer notice to Eli’s greatness and add a thing or two to his own game if it is not already too late.