Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are widely regarded as two of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL.
Brady, however, is viewed by most media analysts as the better quarterback (most consider him the greatest of all time). That’s mostly because of his seven Super Bowl rings (Manning only has two Super Bowl rings).
Former Pro Bowl linebacker Bart Scott, who is now an analyst for ESPN, isn’t one of the folks who view Brady as a better player than Manning.
Scott, who spent 11 seasons in the NFL (all in the AFC), said recently on ESPN radio that he’d rather play against Brady instead of Manning. He said Manning would give defenders a “different level of anxiety”.
.@BartScott57 talks about the difference between playing Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning:— ESPN Radio (@ESPNRadio) June 16, 2022
"I'd rather play against Tom Brady every day of the week than go against Peyton Manning!" pic.twitter.com/aq2ZVE3JuZ
Scott even suggested that every defender in the NFL would rather play against Manning.
Now, if you’re a Brady stan, don’t get too upset. Scott isn’t throwing shade at Brady. His point is that Manning was so cerebral that he constantly kept opposing defenses guessing. Scott even noted that Manning would have terminology during games that meant one thing in the first quarter and something completely different in the second quarter. That was so defenses couldn’t pick up on what was being calling at the line of scrimmage.
There’s no doubt that both quarterbacks are in rarified air. Manning, however, was on a different level when it came to the mental aspect of the game, while Brady’s competitive edge is what put him over the top.
Regardless of whether or not you agree with Scott, it’s hard to argue that he has a unique perspective on this debate that very few people on the planet can understand.
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