Two years ago Peyton Manning could've easily retired as oneof the most prolific passers in NFL history. His 54,828 passing yards and 399touchdown passes at the time plus Super Bowl ring would've sealed his ProFootball Hall of Fame enshrinement.
But after being released by the Indianapolis Colts, the middlechild of Louisiana's first family of football decided to play on for the DenverBroncos.
Though Denver fell short of the Super Bowl as the AFC's No.1 seed last season, Manning's first season after a career-threatening neckinjury was deemed a success by all accounts.
Now Manning it taking advantage of his first full offseasonwith the Broncos, who are one of the favorites to hoist the Lombardi Trophy inFebruary.
"It's only my second year working with guys like (widereceivers Eric) Decker and Demaryius Thomas, and you've got to work on timingwith them," Manning said. "You can never stop working on your timing in myopinion."
Manning's timing wasn't too shabby last season as he threwfor 4,659 yards and 37 touchdowns and made the Pro Bowl, while Decker and Thomas finished with acombined 2,498 yards and 23 touchdowns.
This time around Manning will have a new target as formerNew England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker joined the team.
"Just trying to get on the same page with him," Manning saidof Welker. "He's a hard worker, he loves football and I'm glad I have a chanceto play with him this year."
Welker caught 118 passes for 1,354 yards and six touchdownslast season from another elite quarterback, three-time Super Bowl winner TomBrady.