It's a tough subject to dance around because Manning is almost everything you'd want as an athlete. He's studious, humble, he doesn't take himself too seriously and he's never been in trouble with the law. Doesn't matter what your background is, or where you're from, if your kid grew up idolizing Peyton Manning, you'd feel good about it. But strictly from a performance standpoint, I think it's fair to ask: Can we really anoint him as the best quarterback ever, even if he holds every NFL record when he's finished, when he repeatedly comes up small in big moments? 2. Sean Payton's on-side kick to start the second half has to go down as one of the boldest, biggest gambles in Super Bowl history.