Indianapolis Colts: Franchise player

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
Readers' pick: Peyton Manning, QB

This boiled down to a battle between two of the great quarterbacks in league history.

It's difficult to measure players from different eras against each other. It's even more difficult to measure them against each other when they rank as the faces of the same franchise, but in different cities.

Voters gave the nod to Manning of the Indianapolis Colts over Johnny Unitas of the Baltimore Colts by a good margin.

I'm not trying to be a contrarian or to upset people in Indiana, but my ballot would have Unitas on top.

My criteria are not scientific. In these polls I've closed my eyes, envisioned the logo and seen who's highlight reel flickered on my eyelids.

When Manning's finished, maybe he'll overtake Unitas.

But right now I see black high tops and a guy who had a huge role in the NFL becoming what it is today.