January 27, 2010 |
The first time Peyton Manning hunkered into an NFL huddle, called an NFL play, scanned the field and fired a pass to an NFL receiver, it didn't come as the No. 1 overall pick of the Indianapolis Colts. It came with the New Orleans Saints. And the future four-time NFL most valuable player was in high school, more than a decade before he would lead the Colts to Super Bowl XLIV against the Saints. He grew up in New Orleans, and his father, Archie, was a former star quarterback for the Saints who was always around the team because he was their radio analyst.
February 7, 2010 |
Peyton Manning doesn't like to waste time. So, for instance, when the Indianapolis quarterback runs on the treadmill, he doesn't just chug along like everyone else. He practices the two-minute drill while jogging, gesturing and calling out plays as he racks up the miles. "The first time I saw that I was like, 'What is he doing?' " Colts guard Ryan Lilja said. "I'd never seen that before, but then I realized it makes perfect sense. This guy is a next-level thinker." For one NFL team -- either Manning's Colts or the New Orleans Saints -- the next level is just four quarters away.
February 4, 2010 |
Lorenzo Bromell isn't likely to forget the hit -- and not only because it drew a hefty fine from the NFL. Peyton Manning won't soon forget it either. The collision came in 2001, when Manning was in his fourth season as quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts, and Bromell was a defensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins. Manning wound up with a hairline fracture of the jaw, and the now-retired Bromell secured the dubious distinction of being the only player to knock Manning out of a game.
January 20, 2010 |
What the Indianapolis Colts need to do to defeat the New York Jets in the AFC championship game Sunday (noon, Channel 2): Let 18 be 18 Not only is he the smartest quarterback in the game, Peyton Manning knows as much about football as any coach out there. Jets players have said he can walk up to the line of scrimmage, take a look at the defense, and point out what every player is going to do. So the Colts need to let him do his thing, and they will. Never mind the fact that Indianapolis has the league's 32nd-ranked rush offense; it is not a running team, and makes no pretenses about that.
January 22, 2010 |
If Peyton Manning ever compares his record four most-valuable-player awards, the honor this season might come out on top. He didn't throw for 49 touchdowns as he did in 2004, but if there was ever a season in which Manning best embodied the award, it was this one, when the Indianapolis Colts rebuilt their offense on the fly. Now they're one victory shy of a second trip to the Super Bowl with Manning, facing the upstart New York Jets in Sunday's AFC...
December 16, 2010 |
There's something about Archie Manning's easygoing drawl that makes you think nothing gets him too bothered. But don't be fooled. He's as antsy as you might expect the father of two NFL quarterbacks to be at this time of year, especially with Peyton and Eli Manning heading into the biggest games of the season. Archie and Olivia Manning will be in Indianapolis on Sunday to watch Peyton and the Colts in a do-or-die game against Jacksonville. In their direct line of vision will be a TV tuned to the New York Giants game going on at the same time, with Eli facing Philadelphia for first place in the NFC East.