NFL star Peyton Manning, in Boise, talks golf, football and even a little Boise State

July 15, 2014 

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning likes to run an up-tempo offense. Pro Bowl left tackle Ryan Clady trained for a half marathon this offseason to try to keep up. The former Boise State lineman finished one, even if he had to walk some of it. “It’s a mental thing because once you get out of breath, it’s just a lot more thinking and you’ve got to hone in and focus,” Clady said of the fast pace. “It’s pretty tough.”


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 didn’t 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.

“It’s 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: “You’ve got to earn the respect of the people you’re leading.”

On team chemistry: Manning, who’s 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, I’m not sure if I’d draft this kid on your fantasy team this year. Not sure how many passes he’s going to get.”

Memorable defenders: “The one guy who’s hit me the hardest is a guy named Ray Lewis.”

On life after football: “I’m in the homestretch. I’m almost out of eligibility to play. I feel lucky to still be playing in my 17th year. I think I’ll stop playing whenever I don’t enjoy the work process and can’t 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."

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