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Peyton Manning wins us over

How did a superstar 'robot' become Super Bowl XLVIII's sentimental favorite?

Originally Published: January 31, 2014
By Dan Graziano | ESPN.com

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Has Peyton Manning really grown this much more likeable as he's grown older? Or is it only his public image that has changed? Manning suggested earlier in this Super Bowl week that time and family life have mellowed him, referring to his early-career self as a "robot" and the current version as "maybe a little more human." He could be telling the honest truth, or he could be telling us what he wants us to hear.

Either way, the effect is the same: The late-career softening ...

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