Denver Broncos President of Football Operations John Elway was glad that Payton Manning decided to end his career in Denver. Manning, who played for the Indianapolis Colts between 1998 and 2011, spent the last few seasons with the Broncos.
After winning the Super Bowl with the Broncos in 2015, Manning announced the end of his professional career. "Thank God he came to Denver," Elway told DenverBroncos.com's Phil Milani on Saturday. "Thank God we were able to get him there, because those four years were four tremendous years.
For him to be able to close out his career with a Super Bowl, a win in Super Bowl 50. [He's] a guy that's going to go down as arguably the greatest quarterback to ever play the game. He had a different style than some, but was very, very effective and got things done.
Just tremendous numbers his whole career and a great teammate and when you look at the numbers he put up, it's incredible." Manning was one of the most accurate quarterbacks in NFL history. "He really did," Elway said.
"I think Peyton was kind of the one that got that going. You see a lot of teams now that do a lot of things at the line of scrimmage, and Peyton's the one that started that because of the style that he played. And like you said, very, very cerebral with it.
Knew where he was going to go with the ball most of the times before he got it because he figured out the defense."
Elway then continued his praise for Manning
"When he came to Denver, we were worried about his shoulder and his neck and whether he was going to be able to throw the football, but the four years that he was there and watching him in practice, he was the most accurate quarterback I've ever seen throw the football," Elway said.
"That, to me, is another reason why he's in the Hall of Fame and why he's such a great player." The Broncos wanted to prove themselves to Manning. "I think that we just wanted to show him what Denver was about," Elway said.
"He knew a little bit having played in Denver, but we wanted to show him what our team was about, what the organization was about. [Late Owner] Mr. [Pat] Bowlen, the way he set the standards and our standards of winning in Denver — I think he got that feel when he came in and visited us. Thank God we were able to coax him there. Go to two Super Bowls and got one of them."