Pierre Garcon spent four seasons with the Colts, three of them with Peyton Manning as his quarterback (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) Pierre Garcon spent four seasons with the Colts, three of them with Peyton Manning as his quarterback (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

NEW YORK — Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon said here Thursday he’s rooting for his former Indianapolis Colts teammate, quarterback Peyton Manning, to get his second career Super Bowl victory Sunday with the Denver Broncos.

A second Super Bowl triumph for Manning, whose first Super Bowl win came with the Colts, would bolster the case for Manning to be considered the greatest quarterback ever and would punctuate his return from a series of neck surgeries that caused him to miss the entire 2011 season and then be released by Indianapolis.

“I think he’s one of the greatest,” Garcon said at the Super Bowl media center in a Times Square hotel in Manhattan. “I didn’t watch the other guys that they compare to him. … I played with him and I’m a little bit biased. But hopefully he does win this Super Bowl and when he goes out, he goes out on top.”

Garcon played with Manning for three seasons in Indianapolis and also was with the Colts for the season that Manning missed. He said Manning, who set single-season NFL records this season with the Broncos for passing yards and touchdown passes, has returned to the level at which he played in Indianapolis, where he won four league MVP awards.

“I think he’s very similar,” Garcon said. “He’s throwing the ball well, a tight spiral, calling the same plays that we had in Indy.”

Garcon said he’s not particularly surprised that Manning has made it all the way back to a record-setting level of play.

“I’m not surprised,” Garcon said. “I know he works very hard to come back and he’s definitely coming back to be great, to be the top and in the best shape he can possibly be, and to throw the ball the best he can. He actually got better through the years throwing the ball. Especially from early this year to the end of this year, he’s throwing the ball better. So I’m definitely not surprised because that’s what Peyton works for.”

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