Louisiana: Peyton Manning
It’s a shame that so many great players from Louisiana have to be runners up here, but there is only one Peyton Manning. The guy went to 14 Pro Bowls and won league MVP honors five times. Manning was also able to walk off into the sunset after winning a Super Bowl with the Broncos.
But Manning is the ultimate example of a player you had to watch to appreciate. His numbers don’t do justice to the way that Manning could dictate what happened on a play because he was several steps ahead of everyone else mentally. Manning is arguably the smartest quarterback to play the game, and it’s why some of his best seasons actually came late in his career.
Runners Up: Terry Bradshaw, Marshall Faulk, Ed Reed, Eli Manning