At 36-years-old and after multiple shoulder surgeries, it’s doubtful that Peyton Manning is still throwing his best ball. But according to John Elway, the four-time MVP is just getting better with age.
Elway, who signed Manning to the Denver Broncos this year, said that the Super Bowl winner was throwing the ball like his former self and that he’s release may even be quicker than before.
“There is no throw Manning can’t make at this point now that he’s nearly a year removed from spinal fusion surgery last September…. He’s throwing the post route and everything well. I went back and looked at film from 2010 and 2009 to get a comparison of Peyton, and he looks to me to be the same guy throwing now that he was then. The ball is coming out quicker all the time the more and more time he gets with the offense and getting to know all his receivers and tight ends. … That’s always been his style. He’s never been the Nolan Ryan of quarterbacks anyway. He’s always thrown the ball with great anticipation and touch.”
Elway has been in the league for 14 years and has proven himself as one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks. Still, Peyton is looking for at least one more Super Bowl ring before he hangs up his hit.
Elway told USA Today that the Broncos could get him that ring this year.
“Looking at the end run, winning the Super Bowl is our goal. Our owner, Pat Bowlen, wants to be competitive and win Super Bowls… We’re a lot closer now than we were. I feel like with Peyton, as well as the supporting cast here, we can go out and compete for one, and that’s all you can hope for…. That’s why he’s back playing, he loves the game. He’s proven everything else as a quarterback. Now for Peyton, at the end, the measuring stick goes to how many Super Bowls have you won as a quarterback? Hopefully, we can get him a couple of more.”
Manning will hit the field again on Saturday when the Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks during their second pre-season match.