Peyton Manning threw that many touchdown passes as Denver blasted defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore 49-27 in the season opener.
Hard to believe this guy is 37, which is about 217 in professional football years.
Whether it’s the rules of the game, the team he’s with now or some other more subtle factor, Manning has played some of his best football since arriving in Denver last year.
He led the NFL in completion percentage a year ago. His 4,659 passing yards were only 41 away from his career high of 4,700, which he set in Indianapolis at 34. His passer rating of 105.8 ranked second in the NFL behind Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers.
How long can he play? How long can he keep putting up numbers like this?
Will we see him throw seven touchdowns when he’s 40? Or 45? Will he become the first NFL quarterback to draw social security in addition to his paycheck?
Granted, he’s not a running back or linebacker or defensive back, where it’s a bit harder to survive at 37. Even so, it’s amazing when somebody still plays at that age – and remains as good as he ever has been, no matter his position.
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