Since returning from a career-threatening surgery back in 2011, Peyton Manning has remained quiet in revealing any details on his recovery.
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He managed to regain his talent and become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL again, and he now feels comfortable enough to admit that he has no feelings in his fingertips.
In an interview with MMQB’s Peter King, Manning admits, “I can’t feel anything in my fingertips. It’s crazy. I’ve talked to a doctor recently who said, Don’t count on the feeling coming back. It was hard for me for about two years, because one doctor told me I could wake up any morning and it might come back. So you wake up every day thinking, Today’s the day! Then it’s not.”
The admission is twofold in that it explains why Peyton struggles at times, like being blown out in the Super Bowl by 35 points, but also makes it even more amazing how he manages to be one of the league’s best.
Manning has thrown 131 touchdowns against 36 interceptions as a Bronco. In 2013, he set the NFL record for touchdown passes and yards in a single season and also won the NFL’s MVP award.
While many wrote Peyton off after the 2011 series, it’s clear he’s got more fuel in the tank.
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Isn’t that what the commercial says. “No matter how hard they try to knock us down….we will rise.” I know it’s hard to believe especially when our beloved Birds are coming off an embarrassing 52-20 loss to the Denver Broncos, but so what. This is Philadelphia, birthplace of Rocky. A character that embodies our never say die attitude, a character that routinely took his lumps, only to fight through the odds and become a champion.
So as much as this is an open statement to all the fans that may be a little distraught it’s also a wake up call to those players that visit the website and are routinely on social media.
Your skill has earned you the right to be a pro, and fate has brought you to Philadelphia. We aren’t the only ones that expect you to fight through adversity and overcome any obstacle that is placed in front of you, the world does. The history of our fandom, the players that came before you that gave everything they had are the reason we stand in support of you. We love our team and because of that tuff love we can say “fight harder for us” if the outcome isn’t a win, so be it. This game is over, throw it out and let’s get back on track.
There couldn’t be a better gift than having the New York Giants on the schedule this week. The Giants are the only winless team left in the NFC East and if we come out confident and play like we did versus Washington and San Diego we’ll have a shot at getting off this losing streak.
I believe, what about you?