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Eli Manning wasn’t sure Peyton would be able to come back

Peyton Manning, Eli Manning AP

Peyton Manning has proved many people wrong by coming back from neck surgeries to play in a Super Bowl, including his little brother.

Eli Manning said during an appearance on the NFL Network (via the New York Daily News) that after seeing some of his brother’s early throws after the surgery, there was little indication he could get back to this level.

“I saw him after that first surgery, this neck surgery, and I was pretty much convinced that he was done,” Eli said. “There was no way he could come back and play football. That first time he went and we were just throwing it in the backyard of our house. We’re throwing 15 yards away, and it was a lob. He couldn’t throw 15 yards on a line. It had no pop.”

After missing the entire 2011 season, Peyton’s first games back were also a little shaky, and the concern persisted.

“I remember watching his preseason game last year and I was worried. I was kind of like, ‘I don’t know how this is going to work,’ ” Eli said. “If you gotta make a throw, or someone’s in your face, and you can’t step into the throw, can you make all those throws that you gotta make a lot of to end games. . . .

“But sure enough, he’s been able to do it, and even this year, he’s been stronger, his arm strength’s been stronger, and he’s been better than ever. So it’s been an amazing journey for him and what he’s overcome and for me to watch him to go through it, and the dedication to work has been inspiring.”

While the arm’s not the same as it was, Peyton was able to send the ducks into the right spots, breaking league records for passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55) in the process.

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7 Responses to “Eli Manning wasn’t sure Peyton would be able to come back”
  1. arwiv says: Jan 30, 2014 11:44 AM

    Something tells me that right now Eli has bigger concerns than his brother’s ability to throw a football.

  2. jaltreality says: Jan 30, 2014 12:58 PM

    Great article and insight. Cool to hear something real, and I’m glad Eli (like the rest of us) were wrong about Peyton.

  3. crackills says: Jan 30, 2014 1:34 PM

    So Peyton had an excuse for 15yd lobs… what’s your excuse Noodle Arm?

  4. mrplow3 says: Jan 30, 2014 1:39 PM

    Dat picture!

    Peyton looks like a giarrafe in it.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 30, 2014 2:14 PM

    Now we know why they compare Andrew Duck to Peyton.

  6. footballchic777 says: Jan 30, 2014 2:26 PM

    everyone acts like the ducks are new to Peyton……. they’re not. He has never thrown the perfect ball. But then again, he doesn’t have to!

  7. kev86 says: Jan 30, 2014 7:34 PM

    Backyard game with Peyton and Eli sounds awesome. I used to run outside at halftime with my brothers and chuck it around. Good times. Mannings are great for the game.

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