With Peyton Manning on the verge of setting an NFL record for career touchdown passes, the Talk of Fame Network decide to devote a chunk of this weekend’s show to the quarterback of the Denver Broncos.
We visited with Jim Mora, Manning’s first NFL coach at Indianapolis, and Hall-of-Fame quarterback John Elway, now the Broncos’ general manager who made the sales pitch that brought Manning to Denver after his release by the Indianapolis Colts.
Manning needs three more touchdown passes to overtake Brett Favre on the all-time list with 509. A five-time NFL MVP, Manning will likely hold all the significant passing records by the time he’s through.
But it’s not his arm that sets him apart from other quarterbacks.
“I don’t think there’s any other quarterback who has been as cerebral about the game as Peyton has,” Elway said. “That’s truly what has separated him from most guys at the position. It’s the approach he takes — his attention to detail, the work ethic and all those little details go into making him today and what he’ll continue to be.”
After the Colts made Manning the first overall pick of the 1998 draft, Mora plugged him is as the starting quarterback from the first day of mini-camps.
“I don’t think you learn as much sitting on the bench watching a guy as you do by going out there and playing – playing good, making mistakes and all those things,” Mora said. “It was my first year (at Indianapolis), it was (GM) Bill Polian’s first year. There wasn’t a lot of pressure on us to be successful.
“So we were going to put Peyton in there. We knew he was going to be a good player. Just let him learn. He was certainly mentally tough enough and emotionally tough enough to handle the struggles a rookie quarterback goes through.”
In addition to the discussion of Manning, Talk of Fame host Clark Judge states the Hall of Fame case for Kansas City guard Will Shields, Rick Gosselin explains why interim coaches are a bad idea in his Dr. Data segment, and Ron Borges handicaps the race to Los Angeles with teams looking to relocate in his Borges or Bogus segment. And, as always, the show will be punctuated by the always entertaining two-minute drill.