Centers to the stars

Tales from the men who've snapped to Peyton Manning and Tom Brady

Updated: January 15, 2014, 10:57 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

DENVER -- Sometime before the Denver Broncos' playoff game last weekend, Peyton Manning delivered a short speech. He talked to his teammates about all the adversity they'd overcome in 2013, from coach John Fox's in-season heart surgery to injuries to suspensions to skyscraping expectations.

And then Manning singled out Manny Ramirez. Not the troubled baseball player with the dreadlocks; the bald-headed 30-year-old center who's a relative unknown outside of the Broncos' locker room. Six ...

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