Peyton Manning vs Tom Brady is one of the greatest, if not the greatest sports rivalry of all time. People on both sides think that they are right about who is better. The best way to determine who is the better football player is to compare individual based statistics.
These statistics include categories such as: Total touchdowns, Total Yards, Total QB Rating, MVPs, Pro Bowls, Average Touchdowns, Average Yards, Most Touchdowns in a season, and Most Yards in a season.
I have looked up both of their statistics on the NFL website and put them into a table below.
|Category||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|Most Touchdowns in a season||55||50|
|Most Yards in a season||5,477||5,235|
|Best QB Rating for a season||121.1||117.2|
As you can see from these stats Peyton Manning is better than Tom Brady in every individual category except for QB rating. This makes me wonder why people are already saying that Tom Brady is the best player ever, when he isn’t even the best at his position.
It is true that Peyton was in the league longer, but he played for 18 seasons and Tom Brady is already at 17 seasons and still well behind in many of these categories. For example Tom would have to score 83 touchdowns this year to have the same as Peyton in the same amount of time. You may also be thinking that Tom Brady has another year to be on pace with Peyton since he missed all but one game of 2008, but Peyton missed every game in 2011.
To see these stats for yourselves you can just follow the links below
Peyton Manning: http://www.nfl.com/player/peytonmanning/2501863/careerstats
If you would like me to do more player comparisons in the future please comment on this post with who you want me to compare.