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Peyton Manning describes how he would use NFL greats to piece together the perfect quarterback


On Thursday morning, the final day the media will have access to both assistant coaches and quarterbacks — other players … meh, who cares, right? — Peyton Manning was asked by one intrepid reporter to name his top 3 quarterbacks of all time.

Being informed he couldn’t pick his brother Eli or his dad Archie, the Denver Broncos quarterback — rocking the jersey-tucked-into-sweatpants look again (above) — attempted to sidestep the question somewhat (albeit slowly, if he sidesteps queries from the media like he sidesteps pass rushers), before offering up a very typical Peyton Manning-eque response.

“Me and my buddies don’t discuss that,” Manning said. “We have other things to talk about.”

Manning, instead of providing his top three QBs, explained how he would go about building the perfect quarterback if he had a mad scientist’s laboratory, an Igor-like assistant and a bunch of spare parts from the corpses of NFL quarterbacking greats.

“I don’t have a list, but I think I could describe the perfect quarterback. Take a little piece of everybody. Take John Elway’s arm, Dan Marino’s release, maybe Troy Aikman’s dropback, Brett Favre’s scrambling ability, Joe Montana’s two-minute poise and, naturally, my speed in there.”

Ha. His speed. I just made a joke about that! It’s because he’s not fast!

Manning, like the perfect politician he is, then finished up his thoughts by making sure not to offend anyone.

“I could take a piece of everyone, of some of my favorite quarterbacks, and I could take 30 traits from different guys, and put them in that perfect quarterback,” Manning said. “That is how I like to look at it. I don’t have the list. I know a lot of people have lists. ‘Anytime,’ as John Elway once said, ‘you might be kind of in the conversation of someone talking about some of their favorite quarterbacks, that’s a nice compliment in itself.’”

See? That’s why this guy can sell pretty much anything to pretty much anybody.

[Star Tribune]