So my defense of Peyton Manning‘s Hall of Fame candidacy…
While I’m not going to bore you with a long and passionate (oh, so passionate) defense of Peyton Manning‘s merit of being including in Canton, I did want to run ink tests on quarterbacks, just to get a feeling for where guys stood. I rank the ink on all the quarterbacks in the Hall of Fame, plus:
I also wanted to throw in a couple of ‘control’ cases. Vinny Testaverde and Drew Bledsoe had long, successful NFL careers, but are not Hall of Fame material, so I threw them in the mix too. I also tested Ken Anderson who has long been considered the best player not in Canton (excluding guys still going through the election process).
The categories I selected were yards, touchdowns, passer rating, YPA, completion percentage, and interception percentage. I figured that was a nice cross section of both counting and rate stats. Again, the idea is to see how often a player led the league (black ink) or finished in the top 5 in the league (grey ink) in a category. By adding those up, it gives you an idea of greatness of a player.
First the black ink. Like with the wideouts, for years in which there were multiple leagues, a player only got credit for leading BOTH leagues in the category. The number in the column is the number of times the player led football in the statistic for a season.
Click here for the charts and observations and the update!