Upon welcoming Peyton Manning to the Broncos, John Elway said he wanted to make Manning “the best quarterback to play the game.” Considering Elway’s own Broncos’ quarterbacking legacy, how is the Hall of Famer going to raise eventual Hall-of-Famer Manning to such a lofty position? The NFL Network’s Albert Breer has Elway’s answer:
“Winning championships, that’s the only way,” Elway said, sitting by the Broncos’ practice fields and picking through sunflower seeds as his team went through an afternoon practice session. “If he wins two more championships, he’ll be, without a doubt, the greatest quarterback ever to play the game. So when I said that, for me, what I meant, that’s about winning world championships. He’s got the numbers, he has the stats, those will never change, they’ll just get better and better.
“But for us to make Peyton the greatest quarterback that’s ever played, what will separate him, because now he’s in the conversation, if he wins a couple more before he’s done, then he’ll be right at the top of the list.”