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Letterman Puts Manning’s Throwing Arm (And Comic Chops) To The Test

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NEW YORK (CBS4) – David Letterman wanted to make sure Peyton Manning has still got game, so he had Manning toss footballs into passing taxis outside the Ed Sullivan theater during his appearance on The Late Show on Monday.

It was Manning’s first appearance on the show since he joined the Broncos in 2012, and Letterman asked him if the presence of John Elway in the front office influenced his decision to come to Denver.

“(Elway) is a great guy,” Manning told Letterman. “John is a very competitive guy that played at my age and knows what a quarterback my age kind of needs around him to be successful. That was a big reasoning in it and he wants to win now. And he’s not building for five years from now.”

Manning also got a chance to show that he’s still got game in the comedy arena, and he joked with Letterman that he thinks he knows how he’ll outdo Bill Belicheck and the New England Patriots in his next meeting with them.

He feigned anger that the “TV mikes pick up everything” he says during the snaps, especially his famous “Omaha” shout. He says that “reveals terminology that the next week the opponent can use.” So Manning’s plan is to make it so maybe those barks before the snap don’t get broadcast so much.

“I think I know how to fix it, Dave. I think you have to go up there and just say some really negative things about the commissioner Roger Goodell. Blue 20! Blue 20! Roger Goodell’s a no-good you know what,’ and I think they will just kind of turn that volume down a bit.”

Letterman also asked Manning to get into the specifics in describing his neck surgery that caused him to miss his last season in Indianpolis as a member of the Colts. Manning said for a little while it looked like his right arm might not be throwing footballs again.

“It was too late to learn to throw left handed,” Manning joked. “My high school coach used to always tell me that when you’re sprinting left it’d be easier if you could throw left handed if you were ‘amphibious.’ I think he meant ambidextrous but he never told me.”

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