Although his statistics say he’s as good as ever, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning says he’s not the same player he was at his best, prior to the multiple neck surgeries that caused him to miss last season. Teammate Keith Brooking, however, says Manning is full of it, and the 2012 version of Manning is every bit as good as the Manning who was a four-time MVP with the Colts.
Asked on 104.3 The Fan in Denver about Manning saying he’s not the same player he once was, Brooking said he doesn’t buy that for a minute.
“I’m not calling him a liar, but he’s a liar,” Brooking said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com.
Brooking says that Manning’s greatest gifts as a quarterback have always been mental, not physical, and that Manning remains a great player mentally.
“It’s obviously an ability, talent, extremely intelligent player, but it’s his mindset,” Brooking said. “This game is so mental — your mental approach, the way you approach the game and everything you do. That’s the reason he’s where he’s at and the reason he’s done what he’s done in this league and will continue to do that for a long time.”
And the way Manning approaches the game mentally hasn’t changed.