With the NFL playoffs reaching the conference championships, the AP interviewed legendary NFL (and Alabama Crimson Tide) quarterback Joe Namath. The conversation included several topics including Peyton Manning and Brett Favre.
On Colts QB Peyton Manning:
“I’ve never seen anything like him. No. 1, it’s still a team game and you have to have the other pieces in place. But I’ve watched Peyton from, college on, and he’s improved the teams he’s played with. He’s even helped change the way the game’s played today. That’s a hell of a compliment.
I don’t know a guy who’s done so well with all the extra responsibility. … He throws with velocity, touch, accuracy, whatever a situation calls for and he’s a giant to boot. Maybe he misses now and then, but he’s remarkable.
And that’s what we’re going up against — a great player AND a great leader.”
On Vikings QB Brett Favre:
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen him play better. … I always believed with every new experience, you get smarter or else you’re not very bright. Brett’s carrying with him a few boxcars of experience and he’s convinced people they can count on him. They’re getting a man pulling the trigger who’s seen just about everything possible on a football field.
He never shows any quit, he can still put some heat on the ball and squeeze it into tight spots. But he’s become more accurate and he knows how to locate the third or fourth option. … That’s a pretty tough bill to fill.” (read the entire AP report in this post below)