Broncos QB Peyton Manning proves critics wrong

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:04 AM ET

NEW YORK - Standing in the family backyard just more than two years ago, the NFL’s Manning brothers, pro football’s First Family of quarterbacks, were engaged in a friendly game of “lob.”

Normally, you might call it a friendly game of “catch.” Except that phrase would suggest the ball was taking a somewhat direct line between passer and receiver.

On this particular day, it was doing nothing of the sort. At least, not when it left older brother Peyton’s famous right mitt.

For Eli Manning, it was tough to see his brother struggle like this. With Peyton having just gone under the knife to repair a career-threatening neck issue, his passes looked more like punts. That’s how much air they had under them.

The scariest part for Eli? Peyton’s fastball was toast.

He simply could not throw darts with the pigskin anymore. Not even from 15 yards away.

In Eli’s words, “It had no pop.”

Not even from 15 measly yards.


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