He had a long career.
He stayed pretty healthy and injury free for 16 years. He did great things on and off the field. Greatly respected among his teammates, competitors and peers. And a two time SB MVP. I believe Peyton stated there are only a handful in that category, so he is in the top 5 for SB MVPs.
I think I read somewhere the "average career" for an NFL player is 4 years. Granted some last longer than others.
Some only last a year or two. Some like Vinny over 20 years. But the overall average is 4 to 5 years, or somewhere there abouts.
So 16 years, starting 220 consecutive games is also quite an accomplishment.
Naysayers be naysayers. I'm in the group that has the utmost respect for him as a person first, player second. And I hope to see him in the HOF someday!
That's kind of obvious. Luck is an example of that. It's also true that the wrong QB can lose you a lot of games while wasting an improved roster.
And if you spend significant draft capital to draft that QB, then you are going to give them additional years to prove themselves before you're able to pull the plug on a bad decision (QB purgatory). Meanwhile, with the lost draft capital, you may have missed out on top-tier talent in a couple other key positions.
The question is, do any of the QBs available in THIS draft look like long term solutions worthy of #13 or even a trade up? Some think there are and others don't. I think this is the root of most disagreements about this draft.
The fact that there may be much more top-tier QB talent (and even generational talent) in the 2021 draft is something to keep in mind. If the Colts start 2020 the way they ended 2019, there's a good chance they will be a contender for that top talent in 2021. I wouldn't want to trade any of the 2021 picks to move up this year.