America just can’t get enough Peyton Manning.
The Broncos’ quarterback was the center of attention during Denver’s portion of Super Bowl media day. Not only did Manning’s podium have the most media surrounding it, but a majority of the questions asked to the other Broncos players were about the 37-year-old quarterback.
“I was nervous the first day I met him,” said wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. “That’s the ultimate pro. He’s smart, he do his thing, he take care of his business on and off the field.”
Denver’s receivers and offensive linemen had nothing but compliments for the league’s Most Valuable Player. Manning’s on the field play speaks for itself, but that’s not the only thing his teammates admire about him.
“He’s actually a very genuine person, you know and a great teammate,” said wide receiver Wes Welker. “He loves hanging out with the guys.”
Manning’s 2013 season was the best statistical season in NFL history. He broke Drew Brees’ single season passing yards record, Tom Brady’s single season touchdown record, and the Broncos’ broke the Patriots’ record for most points in a single season.
The Broncos’ offense isn’t the only unit that benefits from having Manning on the team. The Broncos’ defense also benefits from facing Manning in practice everyday.
“Man Peyton, he picks you apart,” linebacker Danny Trevathan said. “He breaks you down so he helps us play our best football coming up, especially against the pass. Having him on our side helps us prepare to play against some of the greats.”
After the season Manning has had, it isn’t a surprise that he was so highly sought after by the media. He might be the most popular player in the league right now and he’s arguably the face of the National Football League. Combine that with the fact that the Super Bowl is being played in his little brother’s home stadium and it’s easy to see why all eyes were on Peyton Manning on media day.