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Monday, August 18, 2008
Indianapolis Colts: Franchise player

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

 
 Brian Spurlock/US PRESSWIRE
 League MVP and Super Bowl Champ, Peyton Manning has also been voted the greatest Colt of all time.
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.