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Peyton Manning looking forward to end of questions about getting hit

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There are two big questions swirling around Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning right now.

The first has to do with the quality of his arm. John Elway gave his opinion on that, saying that he felt Manning’s arm is as good as it was with the Colts. Manning was asked about Elway’s assessment during a session with the media on Thursday and gave a diplomatic answer that intimated he didn’t quite agree but that he wasn’t prepared to publicly say one of his bosses was wrong.

The other big question is about what will happen when he takes a hit from a defender. That one has come up a lot and Manning doesn’t have as easy an answer on that one because he doesn’t actually know the answer. He does know what he hopes happens and that extends beyond his physical reaction to the hit.

“It’s not hanging over me. It seems to be a hot topic. I had a lady the other day say, ‘Everybody just can’t wait to see you get hit.’ Thank you,” Manning said. “I have played football for a long time and when it happens I plan on getting up and hopefully completing the pass on the next play and moving the chains and, at some point, hopefully y’all can stop asking me that question.”

Denver is in the strange position of not wanting as much as needing to see Manning take a big hit just so that they know he can take one without falling to pieces. If he can, then you’ve got it over with and there’s no reason to hold your breath any more than you do with other quarterbacks. And if he can’t, well, you might as well find that out as soon as possible.

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13 Responses to “Peyton Manning looking forward to end of questions about getting hit”
  1. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Aug 16, 2012 4:40 PM

    Not that he could look good in any uniform, but he sure looks stupid wearing the ugliest uniform in the league, nevermind the size 6X mega helmet.

  2. mammothfan says: Aug 16, 2012 4:44 PM

    didn’t john lynch have the same surgery?

  3. steelersownyou says: Aug 16, 2012 5:07 PM

    Wait til james harrison hits him in week 1. And ohh yaa harrison will be there! That neck gonna crack like the liberty bell…it will snap like ravens fans after a cundiff wide left jobber!

  4. nomoresteelersfansplease says: Aug 16, 2012 5:10 PM

    If Peyton does get hit and “fall to pieces”, that would be one of the saddest things the NFL world ever saw.

  5. jaydog76 says: Aug 16, 2012 5:26 PM

    Bethea did, and he has been flying around in the secondary ever since.

  6. eeerockski says: Aug 16, 2012 5:41 PM

    Chris Kuper is gonna make sure James Harrison doesn’t get near Peyton Manning. Makes perfect sense to me!

  7. thelastpieceofcheese says: Aug 16, 2012 5:55 PM

    This narcissist, bombastic egomaniac needs that career ending hit to bring him back to his senses.

  8. randomguy9999 says: Aug 16, 2012 5:59 PM

    disc fusion is no joke, but it can turn out very structurally sound….. if it turned out right, my bet is Peyton will shake off just about any hit…

    he’s taken some doozies over the years including a broken jaw…. if I was putting money on him getting injured out in the first few games, I wouldn’t…..

  9. jlb10 says: Aug 16, 2012 6:01 PM

    and some of us cannot wait for the end of your career. that way you won’t be asked any questions any more

  10. footballalldayeveryday says: Aug 16, 2012 6:16 PM

    thelastpieceofcheese | Aug 16, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT
    This narcissist, bombastic egomaniac needs that career ending hit to bring him back to his senses.
    Idiot. Enough said.

  11. wordlysmith says: Aug 16, 2012 6:47 PM

    Babe Ruth , Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Peyton Manning

  12. Matt says: Aug 16, 2012 7:29 PM

    Please oh please let the old lady who wants Peyton to get hit be the same 80 year old lady who flipped a double bird to Tony Richardson when he got off the bus into the House of Thrills. Go Raiders!

  13. warnercc says: Aug 16, 2012 9:46 PM

    I’ve had this same surgery three times and I can tell you that the first time he takes a hit that comes close to hyper extending his neck, they will carry him off the field and that will be the last we see of him. This is NOT something to be taken lightly. What does he really have to gain by playing again? He is truly a idiot for taking the risk.

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