In the 22 games since he moved to Denver, Peyton Manning has never looked better. After a bitter, improbable, last-second loss to Baltimore in the playoffs last season, Manning opened this one by torching those very same Super Bowl champions with seven touchdown passes.
You laugh now, but there was a time, very recently, when it was a debate. There was a time, when we thought the kid had commandeered the throne. There was a time when, when we thought it was the dawn of one empire, and the dusk of another.
The ESPN documentary “The Book of Manning” shows a new generation of football fans that Peyton and Eli Manning got their athleticism and acumen from good bloodlines as well as their strong work ethic.
To get over last week’s season-ending loss, Peyton Manning hooked up with an old buddy from Tennessee, Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, and the two have been crisscrossing the country on a hunting trip.
Even for the Manning brothers, this offseason has been extraordinary, from Eli basking in a second Super Bowl triumph to Peyton’s comeback in a new uniform.