The Any Era list includes the 20 current players who ESPN believes could excel in any era of the NFL. Jim Brown on Peyton's ability to perform:
With two minutes left, Peyton Manning is a terror. He's as tough as they come. He has it in the last two minutes of a game, when they have to come from behind or when he has to rally his team.
John Clayton thinks Freeney will get considered for the Hall of Fame. On what makes him legendary, though:
His spin moves are legendary. But what makes him old-school is how quick he comes back from injuries.
This list already has lost credibility with me, as it includes Tim Tebow higher than Manning. It's also disappointing when evaluators can't just evaluate the subject, but have to compare him to the person who we can all guess who will likely be #1. Ugh.
Tim Tebow, excel? Please. Your entire endeavor has just been nullified. Request denied, the machine will now shut down.
I don't have as much a problem with the Tim Tebow thing when I actually read what they were talking about, the game was played so different in different ages, could not imagine Peyton as good as he is with how physical CB's were in the past. A lot of Peytons game deals with timing, that would not have even existed back then. Don't get me wrong he would have still been good, but not as good as today. Tebow is a play maker and could have really played on either side of the ball at multiple positions, and this is exactly what some of these guys did.
It will be interesting to see who is the top guy though, I wonder if Suh will make the list, I think AP will be in the top 10 if not 5 though.
@paulcareyjr The only football poll that Tebow should ever be ranked ahead of Manning is "Who would you most like to have run a QB draw"?
At this point of his career, Tebow hasn't even proved he can play in this era.
(And the fact that I am wasting any time at all thinking about this poll, makes me sad for myself.)
@DougEngland this list is more about toughness, ability, versatility, play-making and leadership, as well as on field play.
Maybe not as much in this era but if previous era's(since football has been around for a while, back when guys could actually hit the qb's and wr's) Tebow would have a lot more value than he has right now, back when guy worked jobs during the week and then cma out for games on the weekends.
@DougEngland got ya, I can understand.
@paulcareyjr This is the stupidest list ever... and I meant it when I said I was sad for myself that I even gave it any thought. I just can't help myself anytime I think Peyton is being dissed.
However, you probably think I am a Tebow hater. I am not. I wish him nothing but the best of luck except for if he is playing the Colts or whoever Peyton is QB-ing for next season. But after less than a full season of games under his belt... putting him ahead of Peyton is totally ridiculous.
@paulcareyjr Suh was listed at #18.