Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/10/12
We all wondered, so did Broncos President John Elway, head coach John Fox and his dad, Archie Manning. Is it gone? Did he lose the magic? For thirteen years, Peyton Manning spoiled us. As quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, he helped create a dynasty. In those thirteen years, the Colts made the playoffs eleven times. They won their division eight times , made it to the AFC championship game three times and advanced to the Super Bowl twice, winning once, in Dolphin Stadium at Super Bowl XLI.Then, something happened. The NFL’s new “Ironman” got injured.  Manning missed all of the 2011 season after electing to have neck surgery to alleviate lingering neck pain and arm weakness. His streak of 227 consecutive starts, including the playoffs, was broken.  Many players, with all his accomplishments and storied career, may have decided to retire. Yet, that mentality did not get Manning to where he is today. He rehabbed, trained but most importantly, he rested. After playing 17 seasons of...
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