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The ugly truth about Peyton Manning

He's 37. His passes flutter. His ankles creak. And he's never been better.

Originally Published: November 26, 2013
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

THE WIND PICKS UP when Peyton Manning settles in at linebacker. A mid-October practice has just ended, but Manning is not finished. Something isn't right -- not enough to his liking -- and to make it right, Manning is lined up opposite rookie running back Montee Ball, posing as a linebacker, to show him exactly how he wants Ball to run a simple five-yard out route.

For all the characteristics most often associated with Manning -- his obsessiveness, his penchant for ...

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