Supper Bowl XLVIII: Dallas Cowboys legend Troy Aikman offers backing to Peyton Manning
Last Updated: 31/01/14 10:08pm
Aikman - Peyton has nothing to prove
Three-time Super Bowl champion Troy Aikman insists Peyton Manning will remain one of the game's greatest regardless of whether the Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl.
Manning is bidding to become the first starting quarterback to win the Super Bowls with two different teams against Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
The 37-year-old, who is coming off a record-breaking season, helped the Indianapolis Colts to success in Super Bowl XLI in 2007 against the Chicago Bears.
Aikman knows what it takes to be a champion after leading the Dallas Cowboys to glory three times and believes Manning's legacy should not be decided by Sunday's result.
"I certainly don't feel that any disrespect has been paid to Peyton or that he's having to prove that he's a great player or anything like that," Aikman said of Manning.
One of the greatest
"Regardless of what happens in this game he's still one of the greatest that's ever played. What he's done this year's amazing.
"Two years ago many people, including the Broncos, weren't even sure if he was going to be able to play. He comes out and has the best year that any quarterback has ever had in the history of the game.
"It's been a terrific season. Unfortunately for some, not for me because I won three, I didn't lose any, but for some this game carries such importance that just getting here isn't enough.
"This game is special. It's because of those reasons and this year will mean a lot more to Peyton in all that he accomplishes if they're able to win one more."
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