Peyton Manning

Tiger Woods was solid, Peyton Manning was good and Tom Brady was very revealing

Tiger Woods was solid, Peyton Manning was good and Tom Brady was very revealing

A few thoughts on “The Match: Champions for Charity:”

  • It was a fun event, but would have likely been even more fun if the weather had been better. Still, it was enjoyable to see the pros struggle in the kind of weather Oregonians play golf in quite frequently.

  • Shorts. PGA players look so much more athletic playing in shorts. And they should be allowed to do that on the tour. The idea of competing in an athletic event wearing slacks has always seemed silly to me. Especially in summer’s hottest days.

  • Tiger Woods looked ready. He hit every fairway and was solid in all phases. The Tour’s hiatus seemed to do him a lot of good. I hope he can stay healthy long enough to play in a couple of majors. He is still one of the most compelling athletes in sports.

  • And events like this where you see that social version of Woods, where he laughs a bit and interacts with other players, is fun to watch.

  • Tom Brady was nervous. I get it. Golf obviously isn’t his sport and no athlete, no human, would be wild about embarrassing himself on national television. And then the guy split the back of his pants right there on camera! Nice comeback on the back nine, though.

  • But Tom, on a course with wide fairways, why weren’t you using your driver off the tee?

  • Phil Mickelson had to carry his team and the match would have made sense if he’d had Peyton Manning as his partner, rather than Brady. Phil’s fun, though, and he is going to make a great golf commentator when he’s finished with the Tour.

  • Charles Barkley makes every event more entertaining.

  • Oh man, I'd love to have one of those golf carts they were using. They were sleek, cool and, seemingly, fast. Mickelson and Woods, particularly, seemed to enjoy jetting around in them.

  • Putting a mic on a player makes a telecast better in any sport.

  • It was pretty easy to tell which quarterback has been retired for five years and which one is still playing football. Manning has been playing a lot of golf -- and he’s good.

  • Golf should do more of these types of events. And I do expect at least one more with Phil and Tiger. They have each won one so there’s a rubber match coming sometime. And it will be good. And raising 20 million bucks for charity is pretty nice, too.

What if Peyton Manning met with Pete Carroll, Seahawks in 2012

What if Peyton Manning met with Pete Carroll, Seahawks in 2012

Russell Wilson is the greatest quarterback in Seahawks history, but what he never played in Seattle.

According to NBC Sports’ Peter King, this scenario actually could have unfolded. In 2012, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll flew out to Denver, a few minutes from the Broncos facility, to pursue then free agent Peyton Manning, but things didn’t go as planned. 

“Manning didn’t go meet Pete Carroll,” King said on “The Record.” “Pete Carroll flew to Denver chasing Peyton Manning and Manning never met with him. He got back on the plane and just flew back to Seattle. It was really kind of a crazy time.”

King also noted that Manning, who was also being pursued by the San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos upon his release by the Indianapolis Colts, was bothered by the fact Carroll showed up alone.

“[Manning] almost put off by the fact that you spent all this time and energy and fuel and whatever to come down here when I told you, ‘It's not going to happen. I'm not doing it,’” King said.

We’ll never know what would have happened if Manning and Carroll’s meeting took place, but perhaps Manning would have been a Seahawk. It’s also fair to assume that Russell Wilson wouldn’t have been taken in the third round, No. 75 overall by Seattle.

Everything worked out as it was supposed to for Pete Carroll and the Seahawks, however. In 2013, Seattle went on to win its first Super Bowl title, taking down Manning and the Broncos. 

Wilson has since vaulted into the NFL’s elite and already hoisted one Lombardi trophy in his eight-year career. Last season, Wilson produced an incredible list of records and milestones, was named to a seventh Pro Bowl and picked up the first All-Pro honor of his career.

Don't be surprised if Wilson, who once attended Manning's football camp in the 10th grade, one day joins his football idol in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Stanford coach David Shaw.

Justin Herbert gearing up for final Duck season, invited to Manning Passing Academy

Justin Herbert gearing up for final Duck season, invited to Manning Passing Academy

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert is not lounging by the pool this summer. Actually, that is unconfirmed. He probably is spending some time fishing. Herbert, the potential top quarterback selection in the 2020 NFL draft, is headed to the Manning Passing Academy.  

Herbert is one of 35 quarterbacks invited to participate in the premiere offseason quarterback camp in the country, which takes place from June 27-30 in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

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Other notable quarterbacks invited to the Manning Passing Academy include Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Georgia’s Jake Fromm.

Also joining Herbert from the Pac-12 conference is: Stanford’s KJ Costello, USC’s JT Daniels, Colorado’s Steven Montez and Arizona’s Rhett Rodriguez.

The Eugene-Native and the other quarterbacks will spend four days working out and acting as counselors to high school quarterbacks that will be attending.

The event is an opportunity to practice with Peyton, Eli and Archie Manning. Herbert gets to watch film, learn tips and advice from the Mannings on how they prepared in the offseason.

It’s not Herbert’s first encounter with Peyton Manning. He said he spoke with Peyton as he was making his decision to enter the 2019 NFL draft or not. According to The Athletic, Manning’s advice was to push aside emotion and consider the short and long term ramifications of each choice.

Herbert’s decision to stay for his senior season is the same that Manning made 23 years ago with hopefully the same result: selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

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His junior campaign flashed brilliance that caused NFL scouts to once project him as the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL draft had he chosen to leave school. He threw for over 3,000 yards and 29 touchdown passes last season with eight interceptions.

Herbert enters his final season as a Duck with a streak of 28 consecutive games with a touchdown pass, the longest in the nation. His veteran offensive line is projected to be the best in the country and he has plenty of weapons to sling the ball to. His leadership skills have grown immensely, altering the perception of his shy personality. Now, Herbert is receiving instruction from legends at his position.

It’s a dangerous combo that has Ducks fans counting down the days until kickoff.