139 Facts About Peyton Manning

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Peyton Manning is considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

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Peyton Manning played college football at Tennessee, where he won the Maxwell, Davey O'Brien, and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Awards as a senior en route to victory in the 1997 SEC Championship.

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Peyton Manning was selected first overall in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Colts, where he served as their starting quarterback from 1998 to 2010.

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Peyton Manning helped transform the struggling Colts franchise into consistent playoff contenders, leading them to 11 playoff runs, eight division titles, three AFC Championship Games, two Super Bowl appearances, and one championship title in Super Bowl XLI, the franchise's first in over three decades and first since relocating to Indianapolis.

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Peyton Manning's career ended with a victory in Super Bowl 50, making him the first starting quarterback to win the Super Bowl for more than one franchise.

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Peyton Manning holds many NFL records, including MVP awards, first-team All-Pro selections, 4, 000-yard passing seasons, single-season passing yards, and single-season passing touchdowns.

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Peyton Manning is third in career passing yards and passing touchdowns.

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Peyton Manning was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2017 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021.

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Peyton Manning was named Gatorade Circle of Champions National Player-of-the-Year and Columbus Touchdown Club National Offensive Player-of-the-Year in 1993.

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Peyton Manning chose to play college football for the University of Tennessee Volunteers under head coach Phillip Fulmer.

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Peyton Manning became Tennessee's all-time leading passer with 11, 201 yards and 89 touchdowns and won 39 of 45 games as a starter, breaking the Southeastern Conference record for career wins.

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Peyton Manning was named the team's starter and remained so for the rest of his college career.

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Peyton Manning finished his first collegiate season 89 of 144 for 1, 141 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, and six interceptions.

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Peyton Manning finished his sophomore season 244 of 380 for 2, 954 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, and four interceptions.

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Peyton Manning finished the 1996 season with 3, 287 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.

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Peyton Manning completed his degree in three years, a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication.

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Peyton Manning was predicted to be the top overall pick in the NFL Draft, but decided to stay at Tennessee for his senior year.

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Peyton Manning finished his final season at Tennessee with 3, 819 passing yards, 36 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.

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Peyton Manning received the National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Award.

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Peyton Manning claimed that he was just pulling a prank by "mooning" Malcolm Saxon in the room as Naughright bent over to examine him.

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Peyton Manning was inducted into the Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.

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Peyton Manning was named the 2016 Tennessean of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

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Peyton Manning was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2017, his first year of eligibility for the honor, and was inducted during a ceremony in December.

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Peyton Manning joined his father Archie in the Hall of Fame, making them the first father and son duo to both be inducted as players.

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Peyton Manning was selected by the Indianapolis Colts as the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft.

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Peyton Manning started as a rookie and went on to play for the Colts for 13 full seasons before being sidelined by a neck injury, which cost him the entire 2011 season.

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Peyton Manning is considered to be one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time.

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Peyton Manning was named the NFL's most valuable player a record five times, was named to the Pro Bowl 14 times, and named a first-team All-Pro seven times.

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Peyton Manning held the NFL record for career touchdown passes from 2014 to 2019 and the career passing yards record from 2015 to 2018.

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Peyton Manning is the only quarterback in NFL history to appear in four Super Bowls with a different head coach each time, playing under Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell, John Fox, and Gary Kubiak when he reached the league's championship.

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However, Peyton Manning won two Super Bowls in Super Bowl XLI and Super Bowl 50 and was named MVP in the former.

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Five said that they would take him first in the draft; Sid Gillman said about Peyton Manning, "this is a pro quarterback.

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Peyton Manning finished the year with 4, 135 passing yards and 26 passing touchdowns, and was named both Second-team All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl, both firsts for him.

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Peyton Manning finished third in the NFL in pass completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns.

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The Colts won four of their next five games, including one against the New England Patriots in which Peyton Manning had the first perfect passer rating of his career, but then lost four of the five games following that.

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Peyton Manning threw four touchdowns in the win and was again named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

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Peyton Manning finished the season with league-highs across the board with 357 pass completions for 4, 413 passing yards and 33 passing touchdowns, and was named Second-team All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl.

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Peyton Manning was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for this game.

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Peyton Manning finished the 2002 season with 4, 200 passing yards and 27 passing touchdowns and was named to the Pro Bowl.

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Peyton Manning led the league with 379 pass completions for 4, 267 passing yards and threw 29 touchdowns; he was named first-team All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl.

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Peyton Manning threw 377 yards and five touchdowns in the game, earning him a perfect passer rating, his second of the season and the fourth of his career.

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Peyton Manning finished the drive with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Stokley, his 49th touchdown pass of the season, breaking Dan Marino's record of 48.

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Peyton Manning achieved this despite the 2004 season being the only season of his career where he threw less than 500 passes.

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Peyton Manning was selected as the 2004 NFL MVP drawing 49 of 50 votes, was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and was named the Best NFL Player at the ESPY Awards for the second consecutive year.

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Peyton Manning received the ESPY Award for Best Record-Breaking Performance for his 49 touchdown passes.

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Sports statistics cite Football Outsiders calculates that Peyton Manning had the best season for a quarterback, play-by-play, in 2004.

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Peyton Manning finished the 2005 season with 3, 747 passing yards, which was the first time he threw less than 4, 000 yards since his rookie season in 1998, largely because Peyton Manning sat out much of the final two games with the top AFC seed clinched.

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On fourth down, Peyton Manning was sacked near his own goal line and the game seemed to be over as the Steelers were one yard from a touchdown.

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Peyton Manning finished the loss 22 of 38 for 290 yards and a touchdown.

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Peyton Manning came in second place for the MVP award to Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander, ending his streak at two years.

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Peyton Manning was named the 2005 winner of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award and nominated for the FedEx Air Player of the Year Award, along with Tom Brady and Carson Palmer.

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Peyton Manning was named first-team All-Pro for the third consecutive year and named to the Pro Bowl squad.

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Peyton Manning opened the 2006 season against his brother Eli and the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football.

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Peyton Manning won the award for his 345 yards and four touchdown passes against the Washington Redskins in Week 7.

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Peyton Manning completed 32-of-39 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns.

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Peyton Manning ended the regular season with 4, 397 passing yards and a league-leading 31 touchdown passes.

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Peyton Manning was 15 of 30 for 170 yards and two interceptions in the Divisional Round victory.

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Peyton Manning finished the game with 349 passing yards, one passing touchdown, and one rushing touchdown.

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Peyton Manning became the first Colts player to receive the honor since Dallas Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley was MVP of Super Bowl V, the franchise's previous title.

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Peyton Manning was named to the Pro Bowl and named Second-team All-Pro.

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Peyton Manning finished the game with 225 passing yards, one passing touchdown, and a rushing touchdown.

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Peyton Manning did not play particularly well against the Kansas City Chiefs either, throwing no touchdowns.

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Peyton Manning finished the game with 163 passing yards, allowing him to overtake 40, 000 in his career.

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Peyton Manning finished the season with 4, 040 passing yards, 31 touchdown passes, and a quarterback rating of 98.

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Peyton Manning helped the Colts to four leads but could not lead a final touchdown drive for the win.

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Peyton Manning finished the game with 402 yards and three touchdowns.

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Peyton Manning was seen cheering on his brother Eli and the New York Giants in their upset of the previously undefeated New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLII.

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On July 14, 2008, Peyton Manning had surgery to remove an infected bursa sac in his left knee.

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Peyton Manning, who wore a knee brace due to problems since he was in college, sat out all four preseason games and missed most of training camp.

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Peyton Manning was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the 17th time in his career for his effort of three touchdown passes and 271 yards passing.

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Peyton Manning completed 21-of-29 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns.

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Peyton Manning completed 21 of 40 for 240 yards and three touchdowns.

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Peyton Manning won AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.

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Peyton Manning completed all seven of his passes for 95 yards and a touchdown, extending his NFL record to nine seasons with 4, 000 yards passing, and extended the record to a sixth straight season he led the Colts to at least 12 wins.

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Peyton Manning was 25 of 42 for 310 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

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Under new head coach Jim Caldwell, Peyton Manning started the 2009 season with three consecutive wins and won AFC Offensive Player of the Month for the fourth time in his career.

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Peyton Manning threw a career-high 25 passes in the first quarter, which were the most in any opening quarter since 1991, and had a career-high 40 pass attempts in the first half.

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Peyton Manning set a franchise record for most 300-yard passing games in a season with his seventh 300-yard effort of the season, which was an NFL record through the first eight games of a season.

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Two weeks later, against Houston, Peyton Manning claimed his 34th comeback win in the fourth quarter, tying him with John Elway and Johnny Unitas for the second most in NFL history.

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In Week 15 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Peyton Manning won his 23rd consecutive regular season game, breaking Jim McMahon's NFL record of 22 straight wins with the Chicago Bears from 1984 to 1987.

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Peyton Manning finished with 4, 500 passing yards, 33 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions, which earned him second in the league in those passing categories.

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Peyton Manning was selected to the AP All-Pro team for the fifth time in his career.

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Peyton Manning finished the regular season tying his then NFL record with seven game-winning drives in 2009.

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Peyton Manning completed 30 passes for 246 yards in leading his eighth straight victory over the Ravens.

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Peyton Manning set a playoff record with his seventh 300-yard passing game in the postseason.

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Peyton Manning took over and moved the Colts to the Saints' 31-yard line.

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Peyton Manning drove the Colts down to the 5-yard line in the last minute, but his 4th and goal pass was dropped by Reggie Wayne at the goal line.

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Peyton Manning finished the Super Bowl with 333 passing yards on 31-of-45 attempts, one touchdown, and one interception.

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Peyton Manning was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for this game.

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The Colts ended up winning the AFC South for the seventh time in eight years, and Peyton Manning became the first quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to nine consecutive postseason berths.

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Peyton Manning's passing yards were a franchise record until it was broken by Andrew Luck in 2014.

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Peyton Manning finished his last game with the Colts 18 of 26 for 225 yards and one touchdown.

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Peyton Manning was unable to complete his throwing motion, and his arm strength significantly diminished.

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Peyton Manning was one of the most highly sought after free agents going into the 2012 season.

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Several teams sought out to meet with Peyton Manning including the Miami Dolphins, the Tennessee Titans, the Arizona Cardinals, and the Denver Broncos.

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Peyton Manning reached an agreement with the Broncos on a five-year contract worth $96 million on March 20, 2012.

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Peyton Manning made his regular season debut as a Denver Bronco in the prime time game on the first Sunday of the 2012 season, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Peyton Manning earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against the Chiefs.

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Peyton Manning finished the season with 4, 659 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.

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Peyton Manning set single-season franchise records for pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, and touchdowns in the 2012 season.

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Peyton Manning finished the game 28 of 43 for 290 passing yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.

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On February 2, 2013, Peyton Manning was awarded the AP National Football League Comeback Player of the Year Award, named a first-team All-Pro selection, and finished second in MVP voting.

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Peyton Manning added to this feat by not throwing an interception, tying Y A Tittle as one of only two players to have a 7:0 touchdown to interception ratio in a single game.

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Two weeks later, Peyton Manning returned to Indianapolis for the first time in the regular season since being released by the Colts.

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Peyton Manning had 403 passing yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions in the victory.

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In Week 16, against the Houston Texans, Peyton Manning broke Brady's record for most touchdown passes in a season with 51 on a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Julius Thomas.

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Peyton Manning passed for at least 400 yards in a record-tying three games, matching Dan Marino's 1984 season.

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Four Broncos receivers recorded at least ten touchdowns—an NFL record—and Peyton Manning set a season record with nine games with four or more touchdown passes.

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Peyton Manning finished 25 of 36 for 230 passing yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

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Peyton Manning was 32-of-43 for 400 passing yards and two passing touchdowns in the victory.

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Peyton Manning became the third starting quarterback to make the Super Bowl with two teams after Craig Morton and Kurt Warner.

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Peyton Manning set a Super Bowl record with 34 completions, but the record-setting offense did not record a first down until the second quarter, and did not score any points until the final seconds of the third quarter.

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On October 5, 2014, in a stellar performance against the Arizona Cardinals, Peyton Manning tied his career-high with an 86-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas, threw his 500th career touchdown pass to Julius Thomas, and tied Dan Marino for the most 400-yard games by a quarterback.

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On October 19, 2014, against the San Francisco 49ers on NBC Sunday Night Football, Peyton Manning threw his 509th career touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas, passing Brett Favre to become the NFL's all-time leader in passing touchdowns.

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In Week 10, in the second divisional game against Kansas City, the game's biggest highlight was Peyton Manning breaking Brett Favre's record for career passing yards with a four-yard pass to running back Ronnie Hillman in the first quarter.

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Peyton Manning's record lasted until the 2018 season when Drew Brees broke it in Week 5 against the Washington Redskins.

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The next day, Kubiak, citing Peyton Manning's injuries, announced that Osweiler would start against New England.

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Peyton Manning was listed as active for the Week 17 regular season finale against the San Diego Chargers, but for the first time since his freshman year at college, he was listed as a backup.

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Peyton Manning was 21-of-37 for 222 with no touchdowns or interceptions in the win over the Steelers.

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Peyton Manning had 176 passing yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions in the win.

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Peyton Manning finished the game 13-of-23 for 141 yards and one interception while being sacked five times, scoring his only passing points with 3:08 left in the fourth quarter when he connected with wide receiver Bennie Fowler for a two-point conversion, which ended up being the final pass of his career.

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Peyton Manning became the oldest starting quarterback to both play in and win a Super Bowl at age 39 until Tom Brady surpassed the record at age 41 in Super Bowl LIII and again at age 43 in Super Bowl LV.

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Peyton Manning became the first quarterback to start in two Super Bowls each with multiple franchises under different head coaches each time and the first quarterback to lead two franchises to a Super Bowl victory.

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Peyton and Eli Manning played against each other three times in the regular season during their professional careers.

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Peyton Manning announced his retirement, after 18 seasons, on March 7, 2016.

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Peyton Manning was inducted into the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor and was the first player to have his jersey retired by the Colts since they moved to Indianapolis.

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On February 6, 2021, Peyton Manning was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, with the committee taking only 13 seconds to debate his selection.

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On June 9, 2021, Peyton Manning was unanimously elected to the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame.

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Peyton Manning was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 8, 2021, and the Broncos Ring of Fame on October 31, 2021.

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Peyton Manning was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Olivia and former NFL quarterback Archie Peyton Manning.

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Peyton Manning is the brother of two-time Super Bowl Champion Eli Manning.

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Peyton Manning married his wife, Ashley, in Memphis on St Patrick's Day, 2001.

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Peyton Manning reportedly memorized the Colts' playbook within a week after being drafted, and in 2012, he was able to precisely recall the details and timing of a specific play that he used at Tennessee 16 years earlier.

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Peyton Manning has been credited with helping to improve the city of Indianapolis.

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Peyton Manning appeared on SNL again in 2008, the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special in 2015, and on Weekend Update on the January 29, 2022 episode hosted by Willem Dafoe.

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On May 27, 2007, Peyton Manning waved the green flag to begin the 91st Indianapolis 500.

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In 2021, Peyton Manning hosted a revival of the quiz show College Bowl, with his brother Cooper as his "sidekick".

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Peyton Manning has expressed interest in becoming a potential owner of the Denver Broncos.

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Shortly after beginning his NFL career, Peyton Manning started his own charity called the Peyback Foundation.

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