footballI’m glad Peyton Manning “won” the Super Bowl, but can we be honest for a moment? He was terrible.

The Broncos were one for 14 on third down–think of that!–and mustered just 194 yards of offense, the lowest total ever for a Super Bowl victor. Manning had a couple of good completions (in throwing for a paltry 141 yards and and even paltrier 56.6 QB rating). But he threw a horrible interception to a defensive lineman and lost a fumble on a sack, and curled up like a doodle bug another time in lieu of getting hit.

Without the ferocious Denver defense making plays, Manning led the Broncos basically to two field goals. As bad as the Panthers were on offense, the Manning-led Broncos arguably were worse. If he had anything but “Manning” printed on the back of his jersey, I have no doubt that he would have been benched, and rightly so.

It’s definitely time for Manning to retire.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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