Social Media Rips ESPN For Putting Peyton Manning Ahead of Brady In ‘Dominant 20’ List (TWEETS)
When Tom Brady and Peyton Manning both played each other, it was must-see TV at all times as fans couldn’t wait to see the future hall of famers do battle.
Years later and the two are still doing battle after ESPN released its top 20 athletes in the last twenty years. Only two football players made it and that was Brady and Manning. Only one of them cracked the top 10 and it was Manning at #3 while New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was dead last on the list.
Here’s what ESPN had to say about this:
NFL DOMINANCE RATING: 12.7
Perhaps the greatest testament to Peyton Manning’s sustained excellence? He made being elite look ordinary; he was just that good. The 539 passing touchdowns, an NFL record. The 71,940 passing yards, also a league mark. The 186 wins at quarterback, the most in the NFL at the time of his retirement — a record that he held until last October, when foil and fellow ridiculously dominant QB Tom Brady seized that honor. Ponder the sheer amount of year-in, year-out greatness required to amass those numbers. Those 539 TDs? He threw for at least 25 touchdowns in 16 seasons — three more than Brady. The 71,940 yards? He racked up 4,000-yard seasons before they were de rigueur, reaching that mark 14 times overall (more than any other quarterback) and every year from 1999 to 2004, when no other QB did so more than two times. The 186 wins? Those can add up when you boast a .750 winning percentage (or better) against half the league. Dominating opponents? Nothing out of the ordinary. –Hallie Grossman
NFL DOMINANCE RATING: 6.3
If it’s true that you are what you eat, the famously health-conscious Tom Brady is nuts (and crucifers, greens and a sizable cistern of water). His career numbers are nuts too: Brady claims more postseason wins as starting quarterback (27) than do 27 franchises. His Super Bowl victories (five) outnumber the all-time playoff-win tallies for one team (the still new-ish Texans) and match another’s (the not-at-all new-ish Bengals). Since 2006, Brady has six of the top 30 postseason QBR performances — his closest competitor is Peyton Manning, with three — and he has the top single-game playoff QBR, 98.0 vs. Jacksonville in 2007. And lest you think Brady burns brightest only on the big postseason stages, his long-term success is also staggering: Since 2007, only 13 QBs without their own branded cookbook have thrown at least 34 touchdown passes in a season, while Brady himself has averaged 34 TD tosses for those years; and his 341/82 TD/INT mark since ’07 is the league’s best. Let’s face it, he’s bananas (but only when mixed in a smoothie). –Hallie Grossman
Here’s how social media reacted to the list:
This must be the stupidest list in the history of all lists…Manning #3??…Brady #20??!…Really?!? I guess ESPN really wanted those clicks no matter what huh? @PKStatsBlog #SMH pic.twitter.com/iTMmzcpXk4
— Oliver Morales (@OLiZzLe69) March 20, 2018
ESPN fighting with Fox sports to get Manning on their talking head shows = rating higher than Brady. — Michael Munoz (@Munozforjustice) March 20, 2018
Anybody with a working brain knows Tom Brady is better than Peyton Manning i don’t know why this is still a debate
— ram (@ramboszn) March 20, 2018
ESPN really has Peyton Manning at #3 most dominant athlete in the past 20 years and Tom Brady is last at #20…. who decides this shit?
— B (@Brady_McKillips) March 20, 2018
Hey @espn, you wonder why you are losing sports fans…. this might be a reason why. This list is a farce. Manning #3 and Brady #20….. or maybe we could forget that fact that you left off Kobe and Michael Phelps, shall we?https://t.co/JE4JHhQj3e — Nick Balcer (@nick_balcer) March 20, 2018
@ESPN really Brady #20. I now see why you guys really suck as a sports station. If anything Brady and Peyton Manning should be number one and two.
— Charles the 2nd (@Breh2018) March 20, 2018