Following the death of legendary Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay took to social media over the weekend to reveal his list of the «Top 5 NFL Players of All Time.»
But the list stirred up a bit of controversy due to one notable absence.
Irsay named Brown, a nine-time Pro Bowl running back and five-time NFL rushing leader, as his number one, followed by seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and two-time Super Bowl champion and Denver Broncos legend John Elway.
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Rounding out the list at No. 4 and No. 5 were Hall of Fame defensive ends Deacon Jones and Reggie White.
But Twitter users couldn’t help but notice that Irsay apparently snubbed his own former quarterback. peyton manning.
«No love for 18??» asked one user.
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With many arguing that Manning, a five-time league MVP, two-time Super Bowl champion and 14-time Pro Bowl selection, should have been on the list over Elway, Irsay defended his picks, saying Manning would «definitely be on his list.» «Top 10».
«It’s just that Elway didn’t have great offensive players around him until the end, when he won 2 in a row and his feet are remarkable, of baseball talents…» Irsay said in part.
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Any list of «all-time» greats is sure to spark any debate, but Irsay, by leaving out one of the Colts’ most legendary players, raised several eyebrows.
Manning, 47, spent 14 seasons in Indianapolis but missed his final season because of a neck injury. He was released the following year and eventually signed with the Denver Broncos, where he would win another Super Bowl.