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Nothing to prove and no more percentages for Peyton

Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Archie Manning

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, right, pose for a photo-op with their father, former NFL football quarterback Archie Manning, at the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La., Friday, July 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


As Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning prepares to embark on his 15th NFL season and his first with a team other than the Colts, he has made two things clear.

Asked at the annual Manning Passing Academy whether he has anything to prove, Peyton tersely said, “No,” according to the Associated Press. (Which of course means, “Yes.”)

Asked how close he is to being fully healthy, Peyton said he has “stopped giving percentages.” (Which of course means, “Not as close as I’d like to be.”)

But he did say that his rehab continues, months after his most recent neck surgery, and his younger brother expressed optimism for the upcoming season on their joint behalf.

“Peyton is a four-time MVP, a Super Bowl champion,” Eli said. “He’s coming off an injury, but he’s going to be ready to play. . . . We’re both looking forward to a great season ahead of us.”
After one of the craziest offseasons in league history, we’re all looking forward to a great season. And it all gets started pretty soon.