Regardless if Peyton Manning has won one ring or multiple rings, the debate over whether his legacy makes him the GOAT is unjustified. After multiple neck surgeries and sitting out an entire year, Peyton has had astronomical numbers in just his second year back. He continues to break multiple NFL records and has played as well, if not better this year, then he has ever played. Most players can only hope to put up the kind of numbers Peyton has this year, while working on his 16th season.
When it comes to the Manning/Brady debate however, Peyton's consistency is the one key that makes the whole debate unjustified. Every time there is mention of the Manning legacy, the fact that Peyton has struggled in the playoffs, especially against Brady, and only has one Super Bowl ring, seems to be the key factors for people to suggest Manning is not the GOAT.
After last Sunday's AFC Championship game, Manning is now 2-1 against Brady in head to head match ups in the AFC Championship. The last time that Brady beat Manning in an AFC Championship game was 10 years ago in 2004. The last time Brady beat Manning in the playoffs was in the 2005 AFC divisional round. Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, Brady and the Patriots have not won anything since they were caught cheating during what is now called spygate.
The fact is, his consistency of putting up great numbers over the years is exactly what makes him the GOAT. He has won a Super Bowl. He has beat Brady in 2 of 3 AFC Championship games. His playoff numbers don't matter simply because it's a team sport. The competition level rises during playoffs and it takes an entire team to advance and win a Super Bowl. A quarterback alone can not win it all.
It will still take that 2nd ring to get some people to change their opinion about whether Manning is the GOAT. Even if Manning does get that 2nd ring, there are those who will find yet another reason why Manning shouldn't be considered in the conversation of GOAT. For those people, nothing will ever be enough and there will be no satisfying them regardless what Manning does or doesn't do in his career.
I hope Manning does get his 2nd ring on Feb. 2nd. With the career and stats this quarterback has had, a 2nd ring is well deserved. Good luck to both Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos!