Football fans who dislike baseball, the Yankees, or Alex Rodriguez, had an unwelcome surprise when they tuned into the finale of NFL Network’s Top 100 Players list. None other than A-Rod was involved in the production, presenting Peyton Manning for second on the list.
Of all the complaints about the list (was it a lifetime list or based on last year’s performance?), the biggest complaint I have was allowing a disliked baseball player to present football commentary on an important list. Admittedly, I like to see as little of A-Rod as I need to just because there’s so much about him that bothers me, but why was he involved with the show?
As A-Rod began to present Manning for No. 2 on the list, the answer was clear: the parallels between the two players’ careers are similar. Both players have won multiple regular season MVP awards but have failed repeatedly in the postseason. They’re the chokers stat geeks love to own in fantasy leagues and the players true fans love to rip for their playoff shortcomings.
“Anytime Peyton Manning is on TV you want to sit on your couch, get some popcorn, get a nice pop and watch him for three hours because it’s really a treat to watch,” Rodriguez said about Manning. “I think his preparation shows out there on the field every Sunday on how much better prepared he is than everybody else.”