Here’s a link to my Wednesday column about Manning on Newton
Poor Peyton. I love the guy, but he’s going to have one of the worst days of his athletic life on Sunday. I really hope I’m wrong, but I cannot imagine a scenario in which the Panthers don’t steamroll the Broncos (whose defense is nowhere near as formidable as people claim it is, by the way). It’s going to be an old fashioned Super Bowl — remember the days when it was a blowout every year?
Will you have a chance to catch up with and write about Ron Rivera before Sunday?
Dan, my son Grantis writing about him. Ron and I greeted each other yesterday
Since I usually enjoy your writing and respect your opinions, I decided to reread your column this morning before commenting. I wanted to be absolutely sure my first impression was correct. It was. I think you are making a story out of nothing, interpreting Manning’s answers to suit your references. As for the question you asked him; you’re fortunate he is media savvy and took five seconds to contemplate his answer, otherwise he might have responded with two other words.
As a fan of sports I have watched Peyton sine his days at Tennessee, and a 4 year career at that (he finished his degree in 3 years and still returned for a 4th) because he wanted to take his team to the top. Always the hardest worker he would take that to the next level.
His NFL career has been defined as him simply out working everyone else. He embodied the “first man in, last man out” work ethic. In essence a coach on the field and made sure he was prepared each and every time he took the field. The games his team lost were not because he was not prepared and he made sure of that.
And as you so eloquently captured, his demeanor off the field, his dealings with the press and fans has always been one of politeness. He has known his place, his role from the very beginning and not only embraced it, but mastered the art of it. He has been and is a Hall of Fame player on and off the field.
And for that, if this is your final game, as a fan of the NFL, I say thank you Peyton. Thanks for all the memories. You have been a pleasure to watch.
That was my take as well.
@ Steve @ Dennis
That was my take as well. Specifically, those two other words.
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.