Peyton Manning is known for being one the NFL's foremost technicians, a player who is constantly refining and tinkering with his game. As a result, the new Denver Broncos quarterback is the league's only four-time most valuable player.
In a conference call with the media Wednesday, NBC's Tony Dungy, formerly coach of the Manning-led Colts, gave an interesting example of Peyton's dedication to improving and helping the players around him improve.
"We drafted Anthony Gonzalez in Indianapolis, and Peyton Manning went twice a week to Columbus and threw with him for an hour-and-a-half while he was still in school," Dungy said of the Ohio State receiver selected with the 32nd pick of the 2007 draft. "They had a chemistry going. They probably threw 2,000 balls before Gonzalez ever got to our training camp."
Denver doesn't have household names in receivers DeMaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, but those players are primed to move into the national consciousness with Manning at the helm. That's what happened with players such as Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon in Indianapolis.