Peyton Manning was the same old Peyton Manning the world is used to seeing Sunday: the one known for the crisp, efficient passes that meticulously carve up a defense.
But for another brief moment, another Peyton Manning emerged. This one — Peyton Manning the scrambler — wasn’t pretty. His “scamper” did, however, yield some pretty good one-liners.
“I thought I was going to score, but I got one yard,” Manning said of his rather slow progress up the middle.
At 38 and given his history of injury, Manning isn’t going to be doing much of this when the regular season starts. Asked if the run was planned, he had more solid comedy.
“Yeah, it’s a tendency breaker,” Manning said. “You try to catch them off guard. It’s probably not really high on their alert game plan sheet, ‘Watch for the quarterback run.'”
That was the one weird glitch on an otherwise precise day as he passed for 102 yards (completing 12-of-14 passes) and a touchdown in the Denver Broncos’ 34-0 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
He wasn’t the only one laughing about his keeper.
Re: Peyton Manning’s one-yard run, I asked Terrance Knighton who would win in a footrace. Knighton: “Me. By far.”
— Joan Niesen (@JoanNiesen) August 17, 2014