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Country Singer Laments 'It's Always Peyton, Peyton, Peyton'

November, 14, 2014
Nov 14

You know what they say. Country music is three chords and the truth and all about beer, pickup trucks, dogs and ... Peyton Manning. Or something like that.

“She Likes Peyton Manning More Than Me,” a country song and its corresponding video, began making the viral rounds on the sports Internet on Friday. Written and recorded by John Stevens Jr., a Crawfordsville, Indiana-based singer/songwriter with upcoming appearances at the Lebanon Eagles Lodge #2062 and Parky’s Smokehouse, it was originally released in September but is somehow just making its way into our hearts now.

Peyton has yet to comment, but I’m really hoping someone can replace “Rocky Top” with this song in his dance video from training camp over the summer as soon as possible.

Yes, this post might have really just been an excuse to bring this video back. You can thank me later.

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Broncos Play Keep-Away From Peyton Manning With Record-Setting Ball

October, 20, 2014
Oct 20

As you’ve probably heard by now, some football player named Peyton Manning broke some record on Sunday night. The Denver Broncos quarterback passed Brett Favre’s mark for career touchdown passes in a 42-17 rout of the San Francisco 49ers. With 3:09 left in the first half, Manning threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas for his 509th TD pass to secure his spot in the record books.

While the adoring crowd gave him a much-deserved standing ovation, his teammates decided to have a little fun at his expense and played a game of keep-away with the record-setting ball. REAL MATURE, GUYS.

In bittersweet news for Manning, the ball was eventually returned ... but is already en route to Canton, Ohio, where it is expected to be on display by late Monday afternoon at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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In Peyton’s Place, No Sweat, No Gatorade For You

August, 18, 2014
Aug 18

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUCEMENT: In order to purchase an ice-cold Gatorade, one needs to show visible signs of sweat. According to some power-hungry convenience store manager named Peyton Manning, that is.

The Denver Broncos quarterback stars in a new commercial for the sports-drink giant, and while it’s no “Football on Your Phone” or “Fantasy Football Fantasy,” it’s a moderately entertaining 76-second break for your Monday at the office.

Powerade it is, then!

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They’re back, they’re rapping and it's just as hilarious as last season. Plus, there’s a Pegasus.

Break Out the Air Banjos! Peyton Manning Busts A Move

July, 29, 2014
Jul 29

Earlier this week, Peyton Manning brought out the “AWWs” as he played with his two children at Denver Broncos camp. But on Monday, the legendary QB brought out the LOLz as he stole your dad’s best dance moves when “Rocky Top” came over the loudspeakers during practice. While most of his teammates opted to not participate in this impromptu dance party, punter Britton Colquitt capitalized on the moment as a chance to finally show off his hidden air-banjo skills.

Of course, as laws of the Internet dictate, the moves were almost immediately set to Ginuwine’s “Pony” for your enjoyment. Feel free to watch this on loop for the rest of the day. I know I will.

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The QB's Cuties: Peyton Manning's Kids Go to Training Camp

July, 28, 2014
Jul 28
Peyton Manning John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty ImagesThe Manning twins teach dad some footwork drills.

While Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos teammates may know to not tackle him during camp, someone really needs to pass on that memo to the legendary QB’s kids. On Sunday, Manning’s ADORABLE children -- 3-year-old twins Mosley and Marshall -- all but tackled their father onto the field. Of course, instead of a sack dance, the duo just climbed all over him. It’s sort of what happened to Manning in the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks only much, much cuter.

SO. MUCH. ADORABLENESS. And a far cry from that last time we saw Manning try to work with kids on “Saturday Night Live.”

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Louisiana, the home of champions

April, 30, 2014
Apr 30
Eli ManningAP Photo/Cheryl GerberEli Manning, one of many sports stars to call Louisiana home, has worked with Katrina Krewe to clean up the streets of New Orleans.

On this day in 1812, Louisiana became the 18th state. After acquiring the region from France in 1803 through the Louisiana Purchase, the territory became a state exactly nine years later. While Louisiana is known today for its Mardi Gras celebrations, jazz music and Cajun food and culture, it also has produced some of America's most notable athletes. The impressive list of native Louisianians includes two-time NBA MVP Karl Malone, two-time Naismith Trophy winner and WNBA Finals MVP Seimone Augustus (who is celebrating her 30th birthday today as her home state celebrates its 202nd), five-time NFL MVP and one-time Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning, two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, three time NCAA basketball champion Kim Mulkey (twice as a coach and once as a player), and four-time Super Bowl champion Terry Bradshaw.

5 fast Peyton Manning facts

January, 29, 2014
Jan 29
DenverMatthew Emmons/USA TODAY SportsPeyton Manning looks to become the second-oldest QB in history to win the Super Bowl, behind his boss and former Broncos QB John Elway.

You may have already heard, but the Denver Broncos are set to play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. And did you know that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has an opportunity to set some records and hit some milestones in addition to winning a championship ring? Here are just some of the biggies he could reach on Sunday:

1. Manning could become the first starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different teams. Manning was named MVP after leading Indianapolis past Chicago in Super Bowl XLI.

2. At 37 years and 315 days on Super Bowl Sunday, Manning could become the second-oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl, behind former Broncos QB John Elway.

3. With a win, Manning would move into solo sixth place for most postseason wins by a starting quarterback all-time. With 11 going into the game, he is tied with Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach. He trails Tom Brady (18), Joe Montana (16), Terry Bradshaw (14), John Elway (14) and Brett Favre (13).

4. With a loss, Manning would take over sole possession of first place for most losses by a starting quarterback in postseason history. With 11 going into the game, he is tied with Favre.

5. With a win, Manning would become the first player to win a Super Bowl after leading the league in passing yards and passing touchdowns in the same season.