Peyton Manning: Journey to Greatness

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Some people are born with natural god given skills and ability while others who are not that lucky and have to work twice as hard just to get the same result. And then there are those rare individual who even though they are born with the talent, they still work just as hard and sometimes even harder to keep improving. It is called determination and that is a trait that all the great athletes share and it is what separates the great ones from the just good ones. This is perfect way to describe Peyton Williams Manning, who is considered to be one of the most prolific passers in NFL history.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 24, 1976, Peyton is the son Archie Manning and Olivia Manning. Manning's father, Archie, was a celebrated
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So I feel very responsible every time we lose a game.”

Those early lumps, though, soon gave way to a level of success largely unmatched in league history. Over the next 13 years, Manning became arguably the game's best quarterback and the face of a high-powered Colts team that regularly contended for the NFL's top record.

After winning his first MVP award in 2003, Manning went on to capture the award three more times (2004, 2008 and 2009), becoming the first NFL player ever to achieve that distinction. In addition, he holds the honour of becoming the fastest player to pass for 50,000 career yards and 4,000 completions.

In an interview with former Colts head coach Tony Dungy he said this about Peyton “He’s probably the hardest-working guy I’ve been around who has great ability. Overachievers work hard because they have to. Peyton has rare talent, but chooses to push himself like he doesn’t. I’ve never seen a guy with so much ability and the dedication to match.”

For the first decade of his career, Manning was dogged by suggestions that he couldn't win a big game. And just like the competitor that he was his response was simple “Boy, do I hate to lose.”

In 2007, he silenced critics when he toppled his long time rivals, the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady, in the AFC title game, and then went on to beat the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. In the Super Bowl, Manning, who threw for 247 yards, was named the game MVP.

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