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Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning Has Also Pranked Wes Welker

ENGLEWOOD, CO - MAY 21:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos laughs while talking to the local and national media following organized team activities at Dove Valley on May 21, 2012 in Englewood, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Jon HeathContributor IApril 12, 2013

This week, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and his younger brother, Eli, of the New York Giants, are working out at Duke University.  The two QBs are each working with their top three wide receivers just prior to organized team activities, which will start next week.

Manning made headlines not for his zip (which he did have, I might add), but rather for his hilarious prank on receiver Eric Decker.  Bleacher Report's Dan Carson has the details here.

Manning gave Decker a phony bill supposedly from Duke for using their facilities, to the tune of over $2,000.  Peyton also told the other receivers to play along, but Decker ultimately figured it out.

All of this is nothing new for Peyton Manning.  He is the prankster of pranksters, and all-around funny guy.

Last training camp, a short reporter asked Manning what it was like to look up to rookie quarterback Brock Osweiler, who stands 6'7".

“Is it weird looking up to a taller quarterback,” asked Krisztal (NFL.com video here).  ”That doesn’t happen too often, does it?”

“It happens to you all your life,” responded Manning, to roars of laughter.  ”You’re actually right,” Krisztal admitted.  Peyton then proceeded to pat Krisztal on the head stating, "you set yourself up for that one."

Manning drew more laughs at the Pro Bowl earlier this year when he made this statement the night before the league's 2013 all-star game:

"A little announcement herepool volleyball, Wednesday, 3 p.m. AFC quarterbacks vs. NFC quarterbacks. Each team gets a 'need' player, and I'm in charge of picking this player for both teams. AFC, we get J.J. Watt. The NFC gets Leon Washington."

As NFL.com's Andy Fenelon noted at the time, Watt led the league with 16 knockdowns in 2012 while Washington stands at 5'8" (out of water).

But one of my favorites was at the 2011 Pro Bowl two years ago, when Manning got then-New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker with the 'ol loosened Gatorade lid ploy.

Two years later, Manning and Welker are now teammates.  Maybe Wes and Decker can team up to get Manning good this summer at training camp.  Let the games begin.

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