While at first fans will be skeptical of this video because of how it is filmed, sources are confirming that the man wearing the Indianapolis Colts gear in this video is none other than Peyton Manning.
The Colts star QB has been recovering from several neck surgeries that have taken place since the end of the 2010 season. The injuries were serious enough to warrant the star missing all of the 2011 season, but he looks ready to make an attempt to play in 2012.
As we can see in the video, Manning’s first pass is a huge bomb that holds its spiral and goes exactly where it’s supposed to. If the future Hall of Fame QB is throwing like this already, he will be ready for NFL action this season.
ESPN is reporting that the video is no hoax and that Manning is there to get back into game shape:
Sources at Duke and close to Manning confirm he has been conducting aggressive throwing sessions in shoulder pads and helmet since Tuesday at Duke, where his former University of Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe is now the head coach. It is Manning's second trip to work under the supervision of Cutcliffe.
It looks like Colts owner Jim Irsay’s decision just got tougher. For me, on the other hand, this video makes the decision easy for me.
Keep Peyton Manning.
If it weren’t for the idea that Andrew Luck would be drafted No. 1 overall in the 2012 draft, there would be no choice for Indianapolis to hold on to the star, injured or not. Just because the Colts are drafting a QB doesn’t mean they have to start him right away.
Manning would give the Colts the best chance to win next season if he is back to his old form, in addition to being the best possible teacher a smart kid like Luck could have in the NFL. Screw the QB coach—sit Luck next to Manning and hope that some of his brilliance rubs off on the star.
No matter what it costs, this video proves that Manning will be a Colt for next season at least.
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