Peyton Manning was the biggest story line in the NFL this offseason. It all started with his release from the Indianapolis Colts and progressed from there. Manning would get offers from multiple teams and ended up signing with the Denver Broncos. We all know the story. The questions about Manning’s health would follow, but no one ever questioned Manning’s mind.
Manning’s mind is what separates him from hundreds of other physically-gifted quarterbacks. In addition to his strength and size, Manning had to work hard to become a cerebral quarterback and that is what makes him one of the elite players in the NFL.
"I was more of a grinder," Manning said. "I used to envy these kids who didn't have to study and get grades." (via Mike Klis of the Denver Post)
Klis has a brilliant profile of Manning and his mind, which is now powering the Denver Broncos. Manning’s story is almost inspiring; he had a physical gift and didn’t waste an ounce of it. It’s the must-read item of the day.
Here's a quick trip around the AFC West for other must-reads this morning.
Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star writes about Tony Gonzalez’s homecoming trip to Arrowhead in Week 1.
Covitz also reports that Chiefs guard Will Shields will represent the club as part of the pregame celebration at Rockefeller Center, which is part of the 2012 NFL Kickoff Show.
Terry Frei of the Denver Post details the relationship between John Elway and Peyton Manning.
Don’t forget to read Klis’ piece on Manning’s mind and check out the info graphic on the right side.
Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle writes about Darrius Heyward-Bey’s role as the senior wide receiver in Oakland.
Ricky Henne of Chargers.com talked with Dean Spanos, the team’s Chairman of the Board and President, about the expectations headed into 2012.
Michael Gehlken of the San Deigo Union-Tribune reports that the Chargers have completed their practice squad with the signing of offensive tackle Kevin Haslam. Haslam spent the offseason with the Raiders, the Chargers’ Week 1 opponent.