Okay, so he sounds like a good enough guy. He is a Hall Of Fame worthy player and certainly can be argued to belong with the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. But, I HATE Peyton Manning. Even more than I hate Aaron Rodgers. I mean, I wouldn't even dislike Rodgers if he wasn't in the NFC North. Manning, on the other hand, let's just say that moving to Denver only makes me hate him more.
My first introduction to Peyton Manning: 1997, the Florida Citrus Bowl. Tied 21-21 late in the second quarter, Tennessee scored the game's next 20 points and took a 48-28 victory over Big 10 co-champion Northwestern. Peyton Manning completed 27 of 39 passes for 408 yards to lead the Vol attack. Sure, Manning was at his "nice guy" best - he did reportedly spring for pizza delivery for the hundreds of Vols fans camped out for Citrus Bowl tickets. But against MY team, he had one of his finest college games.
So, Manning gets drafted by the Colts, a fate that would crush most players hope and future. Not Peyton. Peyton takes the hapless franchise and turns them into perennial contenders, eventually leading the team to victory over the Bears - you guessed it MY team - in Superbowl XLI.
But that's not all! The most vile aspect of Manning's football career? His ability to completely disintegrate against the teams I hate most is almost as hurtful as his stellar performances against MY teams (the lone exception - a victory against Ohio State in the 1995 Citrus Bowl). Case in point - Manning's inability to Win against Florida or Nebraska in college. Not only that, but Manning is completely inept against the Patriots, the second (tied) most contemptible football franchise in the NFL.
So, admire him all you want Bears fans. But at the end of the day, I HATE Peyton Manning (well, I mean not the person 'cause I don't know him, but the player who has managed to haunt my football fandom for 17 years)