Jets’ Brandon Marshall compares Peyton Manning to aging Kobe Bryant

Brandon Marshall picked Tom Brady over Peyton Manning, who he says is declining like Kobe Bryant.
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Despite Peyton Manning’s physical decline this season, he’s on the doorstep of a fourth Super Bowl.


Unfortunately, Tom Brady stands in his way this Sunday in the AFC Championship Game. It’ll be the 17th meeting between the two future Hall of Famers, but picking between them is no easy task. 

For New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, it was an easy selection for several reasons. Marshall was on the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Wednesday night, and was asked which signal caller he’d take.


“He's handsome, he has a supermodel wife, his wife makes more money than him, his hair's awesome,” Marshall said. “Brady!”

Aside from Brady’s awesome hair and lavish lifestyle, Marshall also has another reason for picking Touchdown Tom. He thinks this year could be the last for Manning, and compared him to another aging superstar in another sport: Kobe Bryant.

“I think it is regardless, as far as this year,” Marshall said. “I think that it kind of reminds me of watching Kobe Bryant, where these last couple years you've seen a guy hit a wall. These are legends — living legends, and all of a sudden, they can't do it anymore physically.”

That’s not to say he’s pulling for his rival New England Patriots to win on Sunday. He’d rather see Manning edge Brady and make it to the Super Bowl.

“But I am a huge Peyton Manning fan, I am a fan of the redemption story, and hopefully he goes out there and wins and makes it to the Super Bowl,” Marshall said.

The narrative ahead of this game is Brady-Manning XVII, but it really should be Brady versus the Broncos’ No. 1 defense. In three career postseason games against the league’s top-ranked defense, Brady is 3-0. He’ll look to remain perfect on Sunday and send the Patriots to Super Bowl 50.