There's always a modern player who's bantered about as the best ever. Of course this is hard to argue with. Never before have there been so many passers throwing for so many yards at such high completion rates. Of course people like Sonny Jurgensen and Johnny Unitas, who played before the passing rules were liberalized in 1978 were passing against the bump and run defense. These passers relied more on the run game to set up the pass and their yards per attempt averages were generally higher, which I think translates to a more exciting aerial attack. But when it comes down to it, I think people should be compared to their peers, competitors in their time. What I like about Peyton Manning is how he can turn a team around. The Colts were 3-13 his rookie year and 13-3 his second year. That kind of defines the term franchise quarterback, doesn't it?