Peyton Manning may be retired from the NFL, but he’s not retired from comedy.
While the former Tennessee quarterback was nursing a number of injuries last season, he decided to work out privately so as to not be a distraction for the team. But he filmed every workout and gave the tape to head coach Gary Kubiak
One day, someone asked Manning why he bothered filming the practice sessions since it seemed like no one was watching. Manning had an amusing way to find out.
Peyton Manning's rehab workouts were filmed.
But was anyone even watching?
He knew exactly how to find out. ? https://t.co/ZwUTkA9qvk
— NFL (@NFL) September 8, 2016
Ironically, Kubiak did watch that tape, and he took that gesture as a sign that Manning was ready to return to the field.
“As I’m watching the film, there was something different about the workout. During the workout, he sent me a signal. ‘Hey, we’re No. 1,'” Kubiak joked regarding the middle finger, according to CBS Sports’ John Breech. “You can take it that way. I took it as, ‘I’m ready to play, coach.’ I was heading home and I text him and I said, ‘Hey, the workout looked great today’ and ‘Oh, by the way, I got the signal.'”
Manning went on to lead the team to a Super Bowl title, the second of his career. The Broncos take the field without Manning on the roster for the first time since 2011 Thursday night when they host the Carolina Panthers. It’s the first time the NFL won’t have Peyton Manning in the league since 1997.