Peyton Manning ColtsBy Mike Janeway

My favorite player is Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. I have followed him since he started playing at the University of Tennessee. I know he is the best quarterback in the NFL at this time. I am such a fan of him that my youngest daughter is named Peyton after him. How is that for being a huge fan?

Peyton Williams Manning was born on March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His father was former NFL quarterback Archie Manning. Peyton became the starting quarterback at Newman High School in New Orleans taking over from his brother Cooper as a sophomore. Peyton enjoyed another marvelous campaign in 1992, throwing for 30 touchdowns. Peyton was honored as the Gatorade Circle of Champions National Player of the Year and the Columbus (Ohio) Touchdown Club National Offensive Player of the Year. Peyton decided to attend the University of Tennessee instead of attending the University of Mississippi. Peyton was selected as the #1 quarterback, and the Vols went 7-1 with the freshman at the helm, including a decisive victory over Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl after the other 2 quarterbacks Peyton Manning Tennesseewere felled by injury in his freshman year. On the year, Peyton passed for 1,141 yards and 11 scores, and was named SEC Freshman of the Year. Peyton was known as a studious film watcher, it has been reported that the phone would ring at the pizza parlor at midnight and they knew it was Peyton calling for an order and knew exactly where to deliver it.

In 1998 Peyton was made the #1 pick by the Colts over Ryan Leaf. He was immediately made the starter by head coach Jim Mora and has been the starter ever since. He has only missed one snap in his entire NFL career do to injury. He has started over 155 consecutive starts which is second behind Brett Farve. Peyton holds NFL records for consecutive seasons with over 4,000 yards passing and the most total seasons with 4,000 or more yards passing in a career. Peyton was also named Co-MVP with Steve McNair in 2003. In 2004 he set the record for touchdown passes at 49 breaking the record of Dan Marino. In 2006 Peyton led the Colts to a Super Bowl Victory over the Chicago Bears and was named MVP of the game.

Peyton Manning’s Best Football Cards

1. 1998 Topps Chrome # 165 (Search Ebay)

2008 Topps Chrome Peyton Manning Colts

2. 2006 Topps Bowman Sterling BS-PM (Search Ebay)

3. 1998 Upper Deck UD3 Future Shock Peyton Manning (Search Ebay)

4. 2003 Upper Deck Sweet Spot (Search Ebay)

5. 2004 SPX Swatch Supremacy Autograph (Search Ebay)

2004 Spx Swatch Supremacy Peyton Manning Auto

Peyton Manning’s Vest Value Card 

I feel his best value card is 1998 Upper Deck rookie card (Search Ebay) that has a book value of $30.00 and can be found on Ebay from time to time for a reasonable price.