ESPN recently came out with a list of the twenty most dominant athletes of the last twenty years. The list includes only two Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, and it may come as a shock as to where they’re ranked respectively.
Manning sits at number 3, while Brady is bringing up the rear at number 20.
Here’s the full list:
Though the general notion is that a portion of Brady’s success is due to the system he’s played in his entire career in New England, there’s just as much of an argument for Brady being the greatest all-time as there is for Manning, and perhaps more.
Though Manning has more records and has won Super Bowls for two different franchise, Brady is coming off his record eighth Super Bowl in a year he won MVP for a record 4th time, there’s little reason to have arguably the greatest player in the most popular American sport to be sitting at twenty, even if he’s behind Manning.
ESPN’s reasoning for the disparity? The ESPN The Magazine piece notes that they didn’t take post season accolades and performance into account, citing “there’s no good way to compare playoffs across sports.”
ESPN may have also forgotten some swimmer guy by the name of Michael Phelps.
Oscar Paul The argument of Brady having Belichick his whole career as an excuse is invalid. Brady has Bill, but rarely has an offense. Manning was always loaded on offense. So if you’re curious to see what Brady would be without Belichick, I’m curious to see what Manning would do with a sub par offense.
Brian C. Duffy Any such list that doesn’t include Mariano Rivera, is ridiculous. The man threw one pitch, the cutter, and dared guys to hit it. Far more often than not, he succeeded. Closest thing to a sure thing there was in sports for nearly two decades.
Scott Ryan This might be the dumbest ranking of all time. I feel dumb for wasting my time reading this. And some I had no idea who they even were and when I did a search for them even the google had to work a little hard. Espn is just trying to fan debate, they should do a list of top ESPN who do nothing for me.
Michael A. Fuller Not gonna even mention Michael Phelps or Shaun White this list has some serious holes. Didn’t bonds use roids not just one but multiple types of steroids… Yeah totally belongs on this list.
Nicholas McPherson Manning had Reggie Wayne, Harrison, Clark, Julias Thomas, Demetrias Thomas, Eric Decker, was welker? Tf are people saying he had no one Brady one a super bowl without his star tight end. He loses people
All the time and adjusts to it and still wins. He takes wide outs that don’t have a good name and makes them stars. No one gave 2 shits about Danny amendola, Julian edlmen, or Brandon cooks until Brady made them elite wide outs. Yeah he has good coaching but the coach ain’t on the field with him throwing the ball. His consistency and dead eye accuracy doesn’t
Come from bill.
Logan Hurst Walters Sorry but Jimmy Johnson shouldn’t be on this list. Dominate means beating your opponent over and over, time after time. There’s no reason Jimmy Johnson should even be on this list, let alone ranked higher than Tom Brady. Manning should also be ranked lower than Brady as he has much fewer wins.