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Mason: 'Hands down' Peyton NFL's best player

Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:00 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 11:29 am
 


Posted by Ryan Wilson

In the eyes of Derrick Mason, Joe Flacco might be the Ravens' Michael Jordan, but Peyton Manning is, "hands down," the best player in the NFL. It might be hard to reconcile those two statements since, by all accounts, Jordan was the best player in the NBA ever, but Mason can explain.

During a radio appearance on The Norris and Davis Show, Mason was asked about how he voted for the NFL Network's top 100 players.

“I don’t think I ranked all 100 players. I think I ranked maybe 20 guys and that was it because I wasn’t sitting down there and ranking 100 guys. I don’t even know all 100 guys to sit down and rank them, so I ranked maybe 20 of them," Mason said, according to SportsRadioInterviews.com.

"When you look at the rankings and you look at the importance of a player is this: not the type of season that he had, one seasons or two seasons that he had, it’s what player do I kick off a team and it changes that team dramatically? I only know one player and it’s Peyton Manning. You take Tom Brady off New England, they showed that they can go 11-5. Now you take Peyton Manning off the Colts I don’t know where that teams goes offensively."

The man makes a good point. (Although, presumably, Brady is perfectly happy with how his life -- professionally and otherwise -- turned out.)

And CBSSports.com's Andy Benoit, writing for the New York Times, writes that the Colts, without Manning, are "a perennial 5-11 team. No hyperbole." That said, Benoit ranks Peyton No. 2 behind -- you guessed it -- Tom. CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco has Manning and Brady tied for first.

"How can you pick between them?" Prisco asks. "Rings? Advantage to Brady, but Manning won the last one of the two. MVP awards? That goes to Manning. Numbers? Manning. You make the call."

One thing we can all agree on: The Flacco-MJ comparisons are a reach. Or, to quote fellow Eye on Football blogger Will Brinson, "This is an analogy that should be shrugged off faster than Byron Russell." (Benoit doesn't rank Flacco among the NFL's top 10 QBs, and Flacco doesn't crack Prisco's top-100 players list.)

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Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Mason: 'Hands down' Peyton NFL's best player

I know everyone likes to jump on the Brady banwagon, but I agree, hands down, Peyton Manning is the best QB in the league and has been for the past 10 years.  What he does for the team and, specifically, hasn't been done in the past 30 years and maybe not ever.  I've been watching football since '75 when the other Payton entered the league and there has never been a more consistent, more saavy leader on the football field than Peyton Manning.  There are QBs that have had great years, like Brady when he threw 50 TDs, but he hasn't done it year in year out like Manning.  Quite frankly its amazing how durable Manning has been considering the stress he has endured over the years.  It's a pleasure to watch.  And to all those who argue Brady has won more Super Bowls, well when was the last he won?  He won three early in his career thanks to a great defense and a clutch kicker.  But he has been better the past couple years and won zilch.  So the correlation to greatness in a given year and winning the Super Bowl the same year is not high.  Also, my impression is that Manning has been so good, and Indy has relied on him so heavily, that they actually have not surrounded him with a lot of talent, especially on defense and at running back.  How has Manning won 10+ games for a decade with Edgerrin James and Joseph Addai?  Are you kidding me?  They pose no running threat so the defense keys on Manning and he stills beats them.  Now that's greatness.  That's Peyton Manning.  And that's the GOAT QB, in my opinion.  Others may have won more Super Bowls, but none have been better.  And he makes the best commercials as well.  Brady has a cardboard personality when it comes to the media. 



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Mason: 'Hands down' Peyton NFL's best player

     As for this article, I think Manning is great but the best QB in football now is Aaron Rodgers.


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