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08:11 AM ET 03.26 | There were likely many factors that pushed John Elway in the direction of chasing Peyton Manning, but faith in him returning to MVP form probably had a lot to do with it. In one of their meetings, [Elway] bluntly asked if Manning would be able to return to the type of quarterback that made him a four-time NFL MVP. "There is no doubt in my mind," Manning replied. With that, Elway was sold, and he, head coach John Fox and general manager Brian Xanders moved ahead with the franchise's biggest offseason move since Elway arrived in Denver nearly 30 years ago. "It is tremendous," Elway said. "The way I look at my life, all that other stuff happened as a player."

The Denver Post

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March 26, 2012  08:30 AM ET

Despite the circus in New Jersey, once the season starts Denver will be the show to watch. Any bets they start in Prime Time?

March 26, 2012  08:32 AM ET

Advantage Peyton.

March 26, 2012  08:41 AM ET

What else was Peyton gonna say? "Nah, it's all over for me. I'm just out for one more big payday." I mean, duh?

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March 26, 2012  08:54 AM ET

Good luck Peyton, we all envision ourselves as 10 feet tall and bulletproof.

March 26, 2012  09:00 AM ET

Dear Peyton,
As long as you are envisioning, could you tell me where I left my car keys, please.
Thanks, dude.

March 26, 2012  09:04 AM ET

Let's just get you out on the Field in one Piece, if Lucky the rest will come!

March 26, 2012  09:06 AM ET
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Good luck Peyton, we all envision ourselves as 10 feet tall and bulletproof.

That's the way I feel in an airplane seat.

March 26, 2012  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Good luck Peyton, we all envision ourselves as 10 feet tall and bulletproof.

That's the way I feel in an airplane seat.

March 26, 2012  09:24 AM ET

Im waiting to reserve judgement on this comeback until after the first time Richard Seymour dumps Peyton on his surgically repaired neck.......................

March 26, 2012  09:24 AM ET

What's Manning going to say? "Yes, I have serious doubts about my play-making abilities. I'm a lot older, I've been seriously injured and haven't played for a year. One heavy shot to my neck and I'm gone again." Yes, that would have gotten a contract.

March 26, 2012  09:30 AM ET
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What's Manning going to say? "Yes, I have serious doubts about my play-making abilities. I'm a lot older, I've been seriously injured and haven't played for a year. One heavy shot to my neck and I'm gone again." Yes, that would have gotten a contract.

Exactly!!!

March 26, 2012  09:31 AM ET

I envision finding the keys to a new ferrari and a pound of coke under my pillow, guess we all have dissapointments

March 26, 2012  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Im waiting to reserve judgement on this comeback until after the first time Richard Seymour dumps Peyton on his surgically repaired neck.......................

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March 26, 2012  09:43 AM ET

And Elway is seeing what he wants to see in Manning. It is the same thing that all owners and general managers see when they take a risk on an aging or injured player. It's basically the hope that the player can still be great or regain his former level of performance. It's not always a smart move.

March 26, 2012  09:51 AM ET

I just hope he doesn't get Christopher Reeve'd!

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March 26, 2012  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Im waiting to reserve judgement on this comeback until after the first time Richard Seymour dumps Peyton on his surgically repaired neck.......................

Tamba Hali anyone?

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