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The Evolution of Peyton Manning

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I’ve taken an interest in the life and play of Peyton Manning since he was a senior in high school. To make a long story short, I wanted to play, but just was never big enough or talented enough. His career speaks for itself. Reflecting back on what has transpired, he is a sure-fire Hall of Fame player. Whether he actually is voted in is anyone’s guess. Then again he was supposed to win the Heisman, but it went to someone else. Knowing how political the voting process can be, nothing is surprising.

I am still amused to this day how about this time 15 years ago, the great debate was should the Colts draft Manning or Leaf? The answer is obvious now. But the talk then was Manning will be good like Bernie Kosar. But they should draft Leaf because he has a stronger arm, weighs about 20 pounds more and just looks better in shoulder padsManning.  Manning will have a good career, but Leaf will be in the Hall of Fame.

You can never be sure how things will pan out. You could work hard, do everything coaches ask of you and still be cut. It’s life.

His physical abilities are on par with what you would expect for NFL quarterbacks. Some are faster, throw the ball a little further, etc… So what separates Manning from just about every quarterback?

Generally, a quarterback will learn their own offense and some of their defense. Manning will go as far as to learn every other team’s offense and defense. He can tell you the heights and weights of every player on the team they are facing and then some. He can tell you who went to Notre Dame and who went to Augustana College. This inside information enables him to think ahead of the defense and audible accordingly. Even to pre-snap reads of a linebacker blitzing, but he knows the linebacker will drop back into coverage post-snap. So he audibles the runningback to shift his block to the defensive end instead of the linebacker, roll to the right a few feet and throw.

Ultimately with all other things considered, it is his passion that separates him from the pack. Passion and hard work are no guarantee for the kind of success that we generally expect of ourselves or others. But it doesn’t hurt to have it either.

Written by chrisforliberty

January 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm

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