Peyton Manning will enter the shrine in Canton, Oh. this year but if his rookie season was what his HOF credentials were based on, he wouldn’t be.
In 1998, Manning began his 17-year NFL career that would see him take the Colts to the Super Bowl and the Broncos. He would make the Pro Bowl 14 years and First-Team All-Pro seven of those seasons.
In his rookie campaign, the young gunslinger started all 16 games but only won three of them. He completed 56.7 % of his passes for 3,739 yards and he threw 26 touchdowns to 28 interceptions. Hardly Hall of Fame numbers.
In his 2nd season, Manning began to hit his stride. He reversed his record from 3-13 to 13-3. He completed 62.1 % of his passes and threw for over 4,000 yards. His TD to INT ratio dropped to 26 and 15. He also made his first Pro Bowl.
Manning struggled his first season with the speed of the NFL but there was never a question that he could be one of the great quarterbacks of his generation. It’s tough to compare Tua’s numbers to Mannings because Tua didn’t start all 16 games but clearly, no one gave up on Manning.
Tagovailoa: 9 starts, 6-3 record, 1,814 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. He had a 64.1 % completion rate.