Manning hasn’t slowed down this offseason
(AP) — Peyton Manning apparently didn’t need much time off after throwing for an NFL record 55 touchdowns, winning his fifth MVP award and leading the Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl.
His busy offseason has included trips to pay respects to retiring stars such as David Letterman and Derek Jeter, and visits to college campuses across the South just like in the 1990s when he was a star recruit known more for being Archie’s son.
Denver’s 38-year-old quarterback raised eyebrows at NFL headquarters and the hackles of some Tennessee fans in April after visiting Tuscaloosa, Alabama, at the same time as his offensive coordinator, Adam Gase. Denver’s brain trust shared secrets with Tide coach Nick Saban, who said he met them separately to avoid violating NFL rules.
He also visited Oklahoma State, where he reportedly received a six-figure speaking fee for an hour’s talk a few days after giving the keynote address at the Boy Scouts’ annual breakfast in Denver for free.
This, of course, is in addition to the notorious hours of film study, rehab and throwing he does on his own just to get ready for the offseason work he puts in at Broncos headquarters.
Then there’s his toddler twins that keep him busy during whatever free time he does have.
“Staying active, I think that’s what I try to do,” Manning said after the Broncos’ first 11-on-11 workouts of the offseason Wednesday. “I don’t really enjoy just sitting around doing nothing. Obviously, I rarely get a chance to do that. Anytime I’m home, I’m playing, playing a lot of T-ball right now with the kids and playing, staying pretty busy there.”