SEATTLE (CBS4) – There may be no way for Peyton Manning to avoid feeling old when he steps on the field in New Jersey a week from Sunday. At age 37, he is 12 years older than Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
The Broncos and Seahawks have already seen each other once this year in a preseason game. That was the first time that Manning and Wilson played each other in the NFL. But the two have history that goes back further than that.
At a news conference this week, Wilson said he learned how to play the game of football from Manning at the Manning Passing Academy when he was only 16 years old. Wilson said the two hadn’t spoken to each other until he visited the Broncos last year before the draft.
“He was sitting in the locker room. I went up to talk to him or whatever. He was, ‘Have I seen you before somewhere?’ He said, ‘I think I’ve seen you. Good to see you, man. I think I’ve seen you before. Where do I know you?’ I was like, ‘Well, you actually coached me in the Manning Passing Academy.’ So, I mean, I love him to death. He was just a great person, first of all,” Wilson said.
It was a little respect from the young quarterback who also received some MVP consideration by mid-season. But at that same news conference, he said the award clearly deserves to go to Manning.
The Broncos will play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.