Peyton Manning, among his many great traits as a quarterback, was great because of his presence at the line. At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds last year, Manning even at his older age and with several neck and back surgeries had an aura about him as he peered over the line.
Retirement though seems to have greatly decreased that presence. Or maybe Joshua Dobbs is really that big — bigger than his listed 6-foot-3, 207 pounds.
Manning visited Knoxville on Monday and met with the Volunteers’ quarterback. A photo of them shaking hands made the rounds on the Internet and got everyone wondering: What happened?
— Tennessee Athletics (@Vol_Sports) June 21, 2016
Is Dobbs truly bigger than Manning? Did Manning shed a lot of his 230-pound frame in his short retirement?
Judge for yourself:
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Manning certainly does not have to keep his playing weight up now that he is retired. And Dobbs is in the midst of offseason training where he is likely lifting weights more than ever. It is very possible Dobbs will report to camp closer to Manning’s playing weight than his previous playing weight from last year.
The image though is certainly a bit jarring. Manning no longer looks like the Super Bowl-winning quarterback. At least not until he slings the ball around.