One of the NFL’s best and former Indianapolis Colt quarterback regained old form with ease after neck problems. Peyton Manning is back in business having led the Denver Broncos to a 13-3 record this past season. Clinching the AFC West Division, Manning controlled practically every game, connecting with receiver after receiver and running the no-huddle offense to perfection.
Manning, who thought his career was potentially over after sustaining a devastating neck injury, came back to throw for over 4,659 yards and 37 touchdowns this season. In addition, completed 68.6% of his passes which tied for the NFL lead with Atlanta’s Matt Ryan.
Many fans had the MVP award and Comeback Player of the Year races down to Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson for most of the season, and although the Most Valuable Player went to Peterson, Manning took Comeback Player honors and was just as instrumental to his own team’s success.
An incredible feat for a guy who most people thought would be average this year.
In only his first season, he’s become a true staple of this Denver Bronco team. He’s helped young receivers such as Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas come along in their development, and not to mention, he’s revived the career of his receiver and former Colt’s teammate Brandon Stokley. Manning has long been known as a “coach on the field,” for his ability to run the difficult no-huddle offense by reading the defense and calling audibles at the line of scrimmage.
He said he wasn’t at 100% for most of the year, but still Peyton Manning produced big and everybody around him continued to get better. He has that Denver offense at the reigns, and knows how to rally the troops behind his signal-calling. There’s no better example this season than when he brought the Broncos back from a 24-point deficit to beat the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football.
He’s one of the winningest quarterbacks in NFL history with a career 154-70 record, and with the way he’s played that same success has transferred from Indianapolis and will continue to build in Denver.
There’s so much to say about Peyton Manning’s legendary play, but I believe Former Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy said it best on ESPN, ”Peyton Manning is a great quarterback. Anybody who doesn’t know that, doesn’t know much about football.”
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