When fans see or hear that quarterback Peyton Manning was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the final regular season week of the National Football League season, there can be some temptation to treat this as routine news.
But there is nothing routine about greatness. Just because it happens a lot, that does not diminish it in any way.
John Elway once told me that the definition of greatness for a player is to be great some of the time, but really good all the rest of the time.
Easy to say, hard to do.
The Player of the Week Award announced Wednesday is the 23rd of Manning’s brilliant (yet probably understated) career. It ties him with Tom Brady for the most ever, each with that total of 23.