Forced to miss the entire 2011 campaign after undergoing four neck surgeries in 19 months, the 37-year-old Manning tossed 37 touchdowns, against 11 interceptions, for 4,659 yards last autumn.
Winning the Associated Press’ 2012 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award, Manning thrived in Denver and led the Broncos to a 13-3 mark.
Unfortunately for Broncos fans and the future Hall of Famer, Manning also fueled Denver’s 38-35 playoff loss to the underdog Baltimore Ravens in January.
Ravens defenders’ apparently believed the four-time MVP was incapable of throwing downfield with any distance or velocity.
Battling Brett Favre to become the king of postseason shortcomings with a 9-11 record, Manning had better avoid amassing a 12th playoff defeat next winter or he will forever be considered a princess in the “Queen City of the West.”
Although a graying human being competing in a collision sport after multiple neck procedures is worrisome, absolutely nothing indicates Manning won’t continue to excel on the gridiron.
Ultimately, when the Ravens travel to Denver on September 5 to open the 2013 season, expect any “small questions” about Peyton Manning to quickly vanish.by