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Light beer, not neck, was on Peyton Manning’s mind Sunday night

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Before the Broncos and Chargers squared off on Sunday, Chris Mortensen of ESPN pointed out that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning would have a neck exam in March that would determine whether he’s healthy enough to play a third season with the Broncos.

There’s no expectation that doctors will tell him that he has to stop playing, but it’s necessary that the Broncos do their homework before handing Manning $20 million for the 2014 season. When asked about the exam after the game, Manning made it clear that what he feels is necessary is that he leave thoughts about his doctor’s appointment until it is actually time for the doctor’s appointment.

“What’s weighing on my mind is how soon I can get a Bud Light in my mouth after this win,” Manning said, via USA Today. “I’ve really been, this team has been a one-week-at-a-time season. For all we’ve been through, losing our coach and losing different guys to injuries, that approach has served us well. I think we need to keep that approach from here on out.”

Manning acknowledged last week that he’s closing in on the light at the end of the tunnel, but he won’t be reaching it before the end of this week. That should leave thoughts about another meeting with the Patriots to replace thoughts about light beer as the top priority of Manning’s immediate future while the medical issues wait for their own turn in the spotlight.

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88 Responses to “Light beer, not neck, was on Peyton Manning’s mind Sunday night”
  1. 3broncoscrew says: Jan 13, 2014 6:53 AM

    Manning is a gamer.. Should be a great battle with Brady and the pats.

    What I can’t deal with will be the lazy, tired, cheater nonsense from Stuart Scott Nation this week.

    If geno smith was the QB of this team they’d have 3 wins..
    The pats are a different team from 3 weeks ago..
    Can run the ball, defend the pass pretty well and with Jamie Collins- a huge surprise who can do many things – blitz, cover in space, play downhill. Well see if he can back up his performance this week. They’ll need it

  2. topekan says: Jan 13, 2014 6:57 AM

    Umm, Peyton. Pete Coors is on line one.

  3. dynastyposeiden says: Jan 13, 2014 6:58 AM

    what the heck good is it making 20 million a year if you
    a) have to drink bud light
    or
    b) have to pretend to like it for another paycheck

  4. jimmysee says: Jan 13, 2014 7:00 AM

    Bud Light Ha!

    Peyton is nothing if not a company man!

  5. remyje says: Jan 13, 2014 7:00 AM

    Bud Light commercials starring Peyton coming soon

  6. allhailkingflacco says: Jan 13, 2014 7:05 AM

    I’m sure the people over at Coors Light are real happy about that statement in their freaking house. lol

  7. toonloonboon says: Jan 13, 2014 7:05 AM

    what about an MRI on his forhead?

  8. csilojohnson says: Jan 13, 2014 7:09 AM

    Great role model.

  9. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 13, 2014 7:10 AM

    Did he hold up a can and smile to the camera?

  10. heyguru1969 says: Jan 13, 2014 7:11 AM

    In related news, Papa John’s is adding Bud Light to its marinara sauce. The move will be texted out to all Sprint customers who purchased a Ford Fusion with a Macy’s Mastercard.

  11. johnodocks says: Jan 13, 2014 7:13 AM

    Bud Light? Coors ain’t gonna like that.

  12. gadlaw2012 says: Jan 13, 2014 7:14 AM

    Not Coors? I heard that remark and it was funny especially when you think that Peyton doesn’t say things like that very often. Monkey off the back a bit.

  13. skiss68 says: Jan 13, 2014 7:15 AM

    I can’t believe I am saying this but he is worth every penny of the 20 million.

  14. brutusbigpaws says: Jan 13, 2014 7:23 AM

    Best. Quote. Ever.

  15. eastsideballa says: Jan 13, 2014 7:24 AM

    Christians are not supposed to drink.

  16. ravenswhat says: Jan 13, 2014 7:25 AM

    Bud light? Oh my.

  17. toonzes says: Jan 13, 2014 7:26 AM

    I find it hilarious that these atheletes go out searching for endorsement deals. Manning’s “bud light” comment and Aaron Rodgers answer when asked how he prepared for the very cold temps “I eat plenty of Chicken soup”

    I don’t begrudge them, but it’s just so blatantly obvious what they are doing.

  18. mattkgray says: Jan 13, 2014 7:27 AM

    If the Broncos win it all, he’ll retire. Doesn’t seem the type to return simply for the pay day.

  19. bucrightoff says: Jan 13, 2014 7:30 AM

    Nothing goes better with crappy Papa Johns than crappy Bud Light

  20. classyjacklambert says: Jan 13, 2014 7:32 AM

    I love Peyton Manning, great qb and decent actor. But does he have to be such a shill all the time? I mean he’s rich, can easily afford to drink decent beer, and he’s craving a nasty a$$ bud light?

  21. 1heatedtoombrayduh says: Jan 13, 2014 7:32 AM

    buzz light beer…toy story’s adult characters..smh ima fool lol

  22. bizzeedoingj says: Jan 13, 2014 7:41 AM

    Peyton should’ve said “Coors Light”….:-)

  23. dsigrey says: Jan 13, 2014 7:44 AM

    Shouldn’t he have said Coors Light????

  24. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk says: Jan 13, 2014 7:44 AM

    I suppose light beer is better than Brady with the appletini’s & banana daiquiri’s

  25. SilentMajority says: Jan 13, 2014 7:45 AM

    I wonder if he actually drinks Bud Light or if he is just aware that Budweiser is a big NFL sponsor?

  26. kilo0986 says: Jan 13, 2014 7:54 AM

    Where’s wego when you need him..

  27. apmn says: Jan 13, 2014 7:59 AM

    I foresee a Super Bowl commercial with Peyton and Eli spiraling Bud Lights into each other’s mouths.

  28. crik911 says: Jan 13, 2014 8:04 AM

    It will be interesting to see if the Broncos win it all if he will come back for another year or not.

  29. jackburton77 says: Jan 13, 2014 8:08 AM

    Uh what a hayseed! He totes should’ve named a trendy craft beer or talked about smoking herb!
    #MileHIGHCity Hipster

  30. canetic says: Jan 13, 2014 8:12 AM

    Peyton Manning likes beer? I like beer! He’s so down to earth! But Denver is Coors Light country…

  31. pkrjones says: Jan 13, 2014 8:17 AM

    Cha ching ~ that check from Anheuser-Busch is already in the mail. Next week he’ll “slip in” that he’ll be driving his Buick to pick-up a Papa John’s pizza. Well played, Peyton.

  32. prideof10000lakes says: Jan 13, 2014 8:19 AM

    Coors is not very happy with Mr. Manning, I’m sure.

  33. 2dollarpbrs says: Jan 13, 2014 8:19 AM

    Papa Johns

  34. maddog111 says: Jan 13, 2014 8:21 AM

    Not a fan of either team, but honestly can’t wait to see Brady and Manning go up against each other one more time. Could well be the last time we’ll get to see this. Hate on either guy as much as you want, but we’re all going to miss them when they’re gone.

  35. dasmol says: Jan 13, 2014 8:26 AM

    Win it all and go out on top.

    Signed,

    The rest of the AFC West

  36. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jan 13, 2014 8:27 AM

    just a very rich guy angling for another commercial. if he actually drinks beer, it probably ain’t bud lite. and he probably isn’t driving that little buick from the commercial either.

  37. niallofthenine says: Jan 13, 2014 8:28 AM

    That’s why I’m rooting for Brady. Brady drinks a real beer. Guinness.

  38. flash1283 says: Jan 13, 2014 8:30 AM

    Look at that forehead!

  39. rdav29 says: Jan 13, 2014 8:30 AM

    Tastes great

  40. jimmyt says: Jan 13, 2014 8:31 AM

    All American, all Pro, all class, all Manning. Best QB of our time.

  41. marima07 says: Jan 13, 2014 8:36 AM

    All that they’ve been through? Are you kidding me?

    The Patriots see that comment and raise it a hundred-fold.

  42. richwizl says: Jan 13, 2014 8:38 AM

    Right about now he’s thinking about how he can be better than a guy named Brady. We have “The Thrilla In Manilla”, coming up Sunday, folks; it don’t get any better than this! Go Pats!

  43. grogansheroes says: Jan 13, 2014 8:38 AM

    Put another couple of bolts in the neck, and he’ll be fine!

  44. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 13, 2014 8:43 AM

    And now a word from our sponsor…

  45. dhardy8207 says: Jan 13, 2014 8:45 AM

    Reporters ask some ridiculous questions or have the most ridiculous timing for some questions. He’s playing well for his age and past injuries and can’t even enjoy his first post season win of the year without some talking head asking him about his status for next season. For a guy that has made football his life I seriously doubt he wants to be constantly reminded of how soon it may come to an end….

    Seriously, let him enjoy the moment and address that at the end of the playoffs….

  46. joetoronto says: Jan 13, 2014 8:48 AM

    “What’s weighing on my mind is how soon I can get a Bud Light in my mouth after this win,” Manning said.

    Notice he didn’t simply say “how soon I can have a beer”, he specifically said “a Bud Light.”

    The guy is a shameless shill, plain and simple.

  47. morgusthemagnificent says: Jan 13, 2014 8:50 AM

    Brilliant!! Manning will do a bud light commercial very soon!

  48. deangelo23hall says: Jan 13, 2014 8:55 AM

    Surely Manning can afford a better beer than Bud Light. But hey, the victor can drink whatever he wants.

  49. dexterismyhero says: Jan 13, 2014 9:07 AM

    @marima07 says: Jan 13, 2014 8:36 AM

    All that they’ve been through? Are you kidding me?

    The Patriots see that comment and raise it a hundred-fold.
    ==================================

    Just put a cork in it Pats fans. Geez!

  50. napgamer says: Jan 13, 2014 9:12 AM

    Is there anything this guy wont be a shilling for. Great Qb awful greedy person.

  51. ajpnsf says: Jan 13, 2014 9:20 AM

    Come on Peyton, there has to be some decent craft beer in Denver. Oh right, they couldn’t afford you. Must suck to have your menu decided by the highest bidder.

  52. joelvis72 says: Jan 13, 2014 9:25 AM

    What he didn’t say is that he likes his Bud Light in a longneck.

  53. bizzeedoingj says: Jan 13, 2014 9:45 AM

    Peyton seems to have a large cranium….hmmmmm

  54. dexterismyhero says: Jan 13, 2014 9:51 AM

    @niallofthenine says: Jan 13, 2014 8:28 AM

    That’s why I’m rooting for Brady. Brady drinks a real beer. Guinness.
    ==================================
    While dancing like a girl and have a little ponytail in his hair. Right!!!

  55. keepingitrealdumb says: Jan 13, 2014 9:56 AM

    i did not know the Coors relation until reading some of the comments here .. haha .. good one.

    reminds me of when NFL Network was interviewing Russel Wilson after a regular season win .. Wilson has a Bing patch on his jersey (due to the owner Paul Allen being a MSFT guy) and the interviewers asked Wilson if he ‘googled’ anything. Wilson should have said “i don’t know anything about google, i use Bing for all my searches” but he whiffed.

  56. bizieman says: Jan 13, 2014 10:00 AM

    Say anything. Just don’t mention that nasty papa john’s pizza. That is one horrible pizza. Frozen pizza is better.

  57. keepingitrealdumb says: Jan 13, 2014 10:01 AM

    richwizl says: Jan 13, 2014 8:38 AM

    Right about now he’s thinking about how he can be better than a guy named Brady. We have “The Thrilla In Manilla”, coming up Sunday, folks; it don’t get any better than this! Go Pats!
    ============================================

    “Tha Thrilla In Manilla” is actually in Seattle. Talk about the two heaviest in the heavyweight division, 49ers and SHawks gonna be throwing haymakers at each other all 4 quarters .. Rumble In The Jungle INDEED!

  58. gochargersgo says: Jan 13, 2014 10:11 AM

    Really disappointed that Peyton’s beer of choice is Bud Light. Yuck.

  59. bbb82 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:13 AM

    Bud Light is disgusting. Not even sure you can classify it as “beer.”

  60. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 13, 2014 10:16 AM

    niallofthenine says: Jan 13, 2014 8:28 AM

    That’s why I’m rooting for Brady. Brady drinks a real beer. Guinness.
    __________________________________

    He drinks Guiness Draught! LOL

  61. animalkindness says: Jan 13, 2014 10:16 AM

    I am really amazed at all of you people who comment on Peyton’s beer mention. What do you care? Why do you care? All anyone needs to care about is what he does on the field. So what if he has endorsements, I don’t think its coming out of your pocket is it?
    Concentrate on the play, not the commercials, his forehead, etc.

  62. richndc says: Jan 13, 2014 10:32 AM

    @animalkindness: you must be new here. There is a massive legion of men of adult age who never grew out of the snickering, frat boy, snide remarking (who also happen to be the same girls who flee at the first sign of real trouble) “real men” who live to cat call from the side lines. Do not mock them or criticize–it happens to be the only way most of them have to feel significant or good about themselves.

  63. thedoubleentandres says: Jan 13, 2014 10:32 AM

    I feel like I’m taking crazy pills here….Bud Light and Papa Johns are both awesome

  64. r8rsfan says: Jan 13, 2014 10:40 AM

    “Drunken idiot QB’s” says Mike Vanderjagt somewhere in Canada.

  65. chrisco716 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:52 AM

    Love it!!!!

  66. @Cereal_22 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:57 AM

    Shouldn’t he have said Coors light as a Bronco??

  67. Renewed Republic says: Jan 13, 2014 11:00 AM

    For all of you non-Denver fans…yes, Coors is located in Colorado. No, they are not the sponsor of the Broncos, Bud Light is. Coors was recently bought out by Miller. Just an FYI…

  68. schmitty2 says: Jan 13, 2014 11:02 AM

    If it’s a Seattle-Denver Superbowl I’m eating Skittles and drinking Budlight all day.

  69. travishenrykid says: Jan 13, 2014 11:07 AM

    Bud Light is the official beer sponsor of the NFL, not Coors Light any more.

    Active players can’t even do beer advertising. He was just stating his beer preference, which happens to be the top selling beer in America. Manning was simply being a good American.

  70. cobaltdriver says: Jan 13, 2014 11:16 AM

    So the guy wanted a beer after the game geez. Judging by the comments none of you are old enough to know what’s it like to have a rough day and wind down with a cold beer. I am sure they had beer on ice in the locker room.

  71. 4sacroc says: Jan 13, 2014 11:22 AM

    Not a Denver fan. Nor was I a Colts fan.

    But after reading SI “Sportsman of the Year” issue, I am a huge fan of Peyton Manning.

    What a kind, decent human being.

    Read it.

  72. johnodocks says: Jan 13, 2014 11:22 AM

    Next game, instead of yelling out OMAHA at the line of scrimmage, Peyton will be yelling out BUD LIGHT or PAPA JOHNS.

  73. slugdc says: Jan 13, 2014 11:24 AM

    You know, when a famous person says the name of a product they aren’t shilling every single time. Sometimes it’s just a throwaway comment or normal conversation.

  74. riverhorsey says: Jan 13, 2014 11:36 AM

    Probably more like a Bud Light and light up a Colorado Gold doobie.

    Manning could be the first pitchman for Colorado pot.

  75. rockieschef says: Jan 13, 2014 11:38 AM

    Or just maybe Peyton needs an AA meeting

  76. murraysons says: Jan 13, 2014 11:38 AM

    Bud Light is gross, Papa John’s is gross. Heck Denver is pretty gross too.

  77. stairwayto7 says: Jan 13, 2014 11:51 AM

    Would been better if he said eat a Domino’s pizza!

  78. jjackwagon says: Jan 13, 2014 12:02 PM

    If you have ever been to Germany, you will never drink the piss water that passes for beer in the US again.
    Bud, Coors, Miller are all horrible and do not qualify to be labeled as “Beer”.

  79. slobberknocker says: Jan 13, 2014 12:28 PM

    Meanwhile, Phillip Rivers couldn’t get a tampon endorsement if he tried.

  80. 303bengalguy says: Jan 13, 2014 12:35 PM

    Newsflash: The Broncos don’t play at Coors field, the Rockies do. They have no obligation to Coors. And Bud Light is the official beer of the NFL… its just Manning being a pitchman, nothing to see here (other than it was a funny quote).

  81. sharks123 says: Jan 13, 2014 1:13 PM

    Not surprised he would drink that. Seems like a regular dude, except for that future hall of famer thing. Judging what beer people drink seems so anti beer drinker to me. Driving to Ft Collins from Denver I was surprised to see the Budweiser brewery. Peyton doesn’t need to make a comment in the media to get endorsements. Probably has standing offers from at least 100 companies.

  82. hehateme2 says: Jan 13, 2014 1:17 PM

    Does Coors Light even qualify as real beer?
    Manning knows better.

  83. lanman11 says: Jan 13, 2014 1:41 PM

    Total Shill.

    Tom Brady has left so much money on the table to focus on football. It’s why I appreciate him so much more. When you are a 6th round pick without the high level connections of a #1 pick with a former NFL QB for a dad, you have to do that.

  84. lionhunter909 says: Jan 13, 2014 1:46 PM

    Bud Light? Should have said an Avery IPA, or a Fat Tire, or O’Dells 90 Shilling, or a Great Divide IPA. All good Colorado beers. We have so many great beers here in CO, and now legal pot to go with them…….

  85. judge6 says: Jan 13, 2014 3:04 PM

    next attack on manning,” Peyton full blown alcoholic, team considering rehab.

  86. johninthewest says: Jan 13, 2014 4:40 PM

    At least one player in the league has his priorities straight!

  87. dudeicle says: Jan 13, 2014 11:40 PM

    it will be funny, when he retires, that his kid brother… you know, the non-elite one with no regular season MVPs, will have more rings

  88. Eternal Optimist says: Jan 14, 2014 12:06 PM

    johnodocks wrote: “Next game, instead of yelling out OMAHA at the line of scrimmage, Peyton will be yelling out BUD LIGHT or PAPA JOHNS.”

    Brilliant! That surely will cause a 300 pound lineman to encroach when he falls over laughing!

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