What better way to celebrate the 25th year of the Albertsons Boise Open - and the grocer's new naming rights deal for Boise State's football stadium - than to bring the best Bronco of them all to town for the celebration?
That's how tournament promoter Jeff Sanders introduced five-time National Football League MVP and current Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning to a standing ovation at the golf tournament's kickoff dinner Monday night at the Boise Center.
Here are some highlights from Manning's on stage Q&A with Sanders:
On Golf: Manning, who boasts a 5 handicap, said his favorite foursome is playing with his dad and two brothers. "I always said you can't be a great golfer and a great quarterback. I'm a better quarterback than I am a golfer."
Coming back from his career-threatening neck injury: I wanted to at least try, but I didnt want to sign with a new team unless I could be the player they thought they were getting.
On work ethic: I believe you have to have a work ethic on anything you do if you want to achieve. I try to be a better player each year than I was the year before.
Its hard not to get excited about a game on a Sunday with 80,000 fans cheering for you. But you have to ask yourself, how bad are you willing to work out in April or in the heat of July?
His transition to a new team in Denver: Youve got to earn the respect of the people youre leading.
On team chemistry: Manning, whos 38, joked about playing with NFL rookies who are 21 and 22 years old. He talked about a conversation he had with one of the Broncos recently drafted wide receivers, who told Manning he was just 4 when Peyton was a senior at the University of Tennessee. Just a little warning, Im not sure if Id draft this kid on your fantasy team this year. Not sure how many passes hes going to get.
Memorable defenders: The one guy whos hit me the hardest is a guy named Ray Lewis.
On life after football: Im in the homestretch. Im almost out of eligibility to play. I feel lucky to still be playing in my 17th year. I think Ill stop playing whenever I dont enjoy the work process and cant help the team.
On Boise: "I can tell Boise is a special community. My left tackle (Ryan Clady) is a Boise State alum. I take Ryan out to eat every Friday night. He's well fed and happy. He's a good friend and a great player."
What a great night at the Boise Open Dinner Event. Surprise guest speaker Peyton Manning was awesome. 2 tables away. pic.twitter.com/SEYCPOZ7jB— Andrea (@GirlGolfs) July 15, 2014