THIBODAUX, La. — It’s been more than four months since Peyton Manning last threw a football.
The two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback has yet to try and chuck the football since leading the Denver Broncos over the Carolina Panthers in February, and that includes during his time as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University.
Just because he isn’t launching footballs at receivers doesn’t mean Manning isn’t still heavily involved in the game.
In fact, it’s quite the contrary.
“It’s not that weird, to tell you the truth,” Manning said Friday at the MPA in Thibodaux, La.
“Maybe in the fall I’ll feel something different come September, October. All I’ll say is I didn’t get shorted in my football career. Four years at Tennessee. Four years of high school football in New Orleans, and 18 in the NFL. I have not had any type of withdrawal during OTAs …
“I got a lot of football in my plans this fall. I’m going to watch Eli play a couple of regular-season games instead of the Super Bowl. I’ll see a normal regular-season Giants game. I’ll be at the Broncos’ season-opener and drop the Super Bowl banner. It’s a great game to be at. I’ve got the 10-year reunion with our Super Bowl team with the Colts. That’s hard to believe. So shockingly, I’ve got a lot of football in my fall plans, but on my terms. I’ll go back to see my Tennessee Vols play a few times this year. I’m very much at peace with, but the fall could be a little different, but I should be OK.”
The former Tennessee star completed 198-of-331 passes in his final NFL season in Denver, his last pass being a two-point completion to Bennie Bowler to ice a 24-10 Super Bowl victory.
Manning was confident that was the right way to end his career. After all, he has not attempted a pass since and fears his next throw may only go as far as five or so yards.
“I have not thrown a pass,” he laughed. “The first time I was throwing some passes to some Wounded Warriors at the White House lawn. That was a pretty neat experience, but I have not thrown. Either you retire or you don’t. I still participate, working with kids on their five- and three-step drops. I love answering questions.”