Ryan Fitzpatrick called Tom Brady "the greatest champion" but added Peyton Manning is the one he considers as the greatest quarterback in NFL history. Fitzpatrick, who announced his retirement from the NFL last week, revealed Manning was his favorite quarterback to go against.
"My favorite quarterback I got to play against was Peyton Manning," Fitzpatrick said. "Peyton had the laser focus and everything else. I think Peyton is the greatest quarterback to ever live." Even though Manning finished his career with just two Super Bowl rings, some think he is the one that should be considered as the greatest quarterback ever - not seven-time Super Bowl champion Brady.
However, Manning is a record five-time NFL MVP and he earned 14 Pro Bowl selections during his career. "I think Tom Brady is the greatest champion, but I think Peyton is the greatest quarterback to ever live," Fitzpatrick added.
Fitzpatrick: Manning changed the game
"Everything that dude did, he did everything with so much intent," Fitzpatrick said. "He changed the game with how he approached it from the mental side with all the things they were doing in Indy.
To have control and command in every aspect of the game like he did, he was the most impressive I ever saw." Even though Fitzpatrick doesn't consider Brady as the greatest quarterback in NFL history, he praised the 44-year-old for his longevity.
"To be able to do it for as long as he has on the mental side of it, to be able to be so locked in for every single game, that part of it and being a quarterback and knowing the grind that it takes week in and week out, that part of it just doesn't make sense to me," Fitzpatrick said.
"It's so incredible to look at his preparation and how zoned and locked in he is for every single game. That part is unparalleled, unmatched by anybody." When it comes to the current group of NFL quarterbacks, Fitzpatrick named Buffalo Bills' Josh Allen as his favorite quarterback to watch.
"My favorite quarterback to watch is Josh Allen," Fitzpatrick said. "Allen's my favorite because it looks effortless and he's so talented and he still doesn't know how good he is and he's just going to continue to get better.
I think a lot of it for him is that he doesn't even realize how good he is and he's so humble that the work is always going to come and his teammates are always going to play hard for him."