People are crazy about him.
Not only because he holds the record for most touchdown passes in a single season, or because he's arguably had the greatest sports comeback of all time. Those facts are certainly a large reason why people love him so much, but they're not the only reason.
Let me ask you, have you ever seen a more gracious loser in the NFL? Or a more humble winner? Have you ever seen him throw a fit over a call or argue with a ref in anger? Have you ever seen him not congratulate the other team and coaches after a game, regardless of if he won or lost?
I can't say enough about this man and his family. He was brought up by parents who taught him and brothers good values and proper morals. His father, Archie Manning, was a remarkable example of what a courteous and respectful sportsman looks like. It's no surprise that when Peyton Manning talks about his father, he gets choked up just about every time. I 100% believe that his good values and high standards are a major reason why he has had such a successful career. No question about it.
Manning threw 55 touchdown passes this season. The most by any QB. The records that this man has broken are remarkable. He could literally be the most stuck-up, prideful, and self-center person on this planet. But, he chooses to be the exact opposite. And that is why people love him.
People don't root for him just because he's insanely talented. No, they want to see him succeed because he truly deserves it. We, by nature, want to see the good guy win.
The second he came to Denver, the Broncos organization did a 180. He has a presence. He has a vibe. His teammates respect him and don't want to let him or the rest of the team down. It is easy to listen to someone who is humble and hardworking. This season was Manning's golden season, and yet, in every interview he did, he mentioned the team effort and not his own. Is there a better leader in the NFL than Peyton Manning?
The answer is no.
These are the true reasons why Denver has the greatest QB in the history of football. It's not just about the records. It's about the fact that he has the greatest character most people have ever witnessed in a professional athlete, and I am proud to call him my quarterback.
Now, let's get that trophy. Go Broncos!