Tuesday, September 11, 2012


"What can you say?" Steelers safety Troy Polamalu said. "I mean, he's Peyton Manning. He's the same Manning. Everything anybody has ever said about him is probably the same thing I would say tonight."

 "That guy is a great competitor. I've never seen anybody better."
--Broncos' Champ Bailey on Manning.

"It's great to have a first-ballot hall of famer who knows the game inside and out."
--Tracy Porter on Manning.

The Broncos primarily won this season opener because Manning is back in all his glory. He is the Peyton Manning of old. Despite missing all of last season with a neck injury, despite playing with a new team in a new home stadium with new teammates, Manning played quarterback as Michelangelo would paint, as Shakespeare would write, as Fred Astaire would dance.
Manning plays as an artist.-- Mike Klis Denver Post

It's a certainty that, without Manning's experience and intelligence, the Broncos would have been lost without him.

“I don’t know how Peyton’s neck is doing,” NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth quipped, “but his brain’s doing just fine.”

most importantly of all, he showed he still has those qualities that make him Peyton Manning — the ability to stay one step ahead of the defense, to pick out a weakness and exploit it. -- SI Chris Burke

the Broncos defense had at least one good reason to hang tough: Manning.
His presence affects the psyche of the defense, too.
"It brings confidence," said defensive end Elvis Dumervil. "You know it's not the end of the world if you don't stop 'em, that you know he can put up points, too. It's huge for us."
Elway knows. That's what great quarterbacks tend to do. They lift the whole program.
"It gives you hope," he said.

 Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin was succinct, but summed it up best Sunday night: “He’s Peyton."

 Yes, Peyton Manning can still cut that meat. -- NY Post

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