It makes perfect sense that NFL players would vote Peyton Manning as the one player they would start a franchise with today. Manning is, of course, one of a kind.
The tremendous impact he has had on two franchises is telling. His command of an offense is unmatched, in my eyes. His 65.5 career completion percentage speaks to his accuracy and consistency.
A handful of Atlanta Falcons contributed to the vote being in Manning's favor, although some of the same Falcons made Manning look like anything but a franchise player when they picked him off three times during a 2012 win over the Denver Broncos.
It was interesting to see how much attention was given lately to Manning's losing playoff record. He is now at 10-11 going into the AFC Championship Game against long-time rival Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. No matter how you dissect his career, Manning still comes out a winner.
Now if the question was posed differently and players were asked which young quarterback they would start a franchise with, I guarantee Andrew Luck would have been first on the list. Luck was second on the list behind Manning in the voting, anyhow. Seems only fitting, considering Luck is Manning's heir in Indianapolis.