In 2013, Peyton Manning had a career year, which multiple records broken, and it seemly looked to be his year. Even though his season didn’t end the way he and the Broncos would have liked, he still showed by he is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game of football.
This off-season, Manning had an exam done on his neck, which was mandated by the Broncos. When Manning and the Broncos agreed to their contract, it was written in that before every season, Manning would have to get a “check up” on his neck to be sure he can play.
On Monday, Manning was cleared by doctors, and he will be ready for opening week for the 2014 NFL season. Broncos EVP John Elway confirmed this report with ESPN and other media sources. This exam set another amazing milestone in the incredible recovery of Peyton Manning, who had fusion surgery that jeopardized his career as an NFL quarterback. Manning missed the entire 2011 season due to this injury and was later released by the Colts, and he then later signed a five year contract worth $96 Million Dollars in 2012.
The rumor going around the NFL is that if Manning’s exam showed that he couldn’t play in 2014, that he would ponder retirement. During Super Bowl week, he said he had no intent to retire, but I’m sure he didn’t expect to get destroyed in the Super Bowl.
It really shows that Manning is a one of a kind athlete that has recovered from such a risky surgery, and has been a savoir to the Broncos organization. Since Manning joined the team, they are 26-6 with a SB appearance. It’s good to see that Manning is able to play another year. Happy to see how far he’s come from questioning his level of play, to becoming a 5 time MVP. I’m excited to see what is in store for Manning and the Broncos in 2014, and I think he’ll come out with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove.
By Eron Ramadanov
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