Peyton Manning is meticulous, we know that. His painstaking routine is what makes him a future Hall of Fame quarterback, and also drives, through seemingly osmosis, others around him to be great. To what extent is Manning scrupulous, that we rarely get to see.
But what if there was a way to show you, an instance to further prove what we already know? Would you believe it if someone told you Manning could remember an exact play from his junior year of college?
That did actually happen, The Broncos quarterback made a call to Tennessee’s video department in December requesting a single snap, albeit a touchdown pass, from his 1996 season with the Volunteers.
“I pick up the phone and I go in the corner where it’s quiet, and I’m all, ‘Hello?’ and no ‘Hi, how ya doing?,’ nothing,” Tennessee’s video coordinator Joey Harrington said. “This is what he says: ‘In 1996, Tennessee played Ole Miss in Memphis, in the third quarter we ran a play called Flip Right Duo, X Motion, Fake Roll 98 Block Pass Special. I need you to find that play, I need you to digitize it and I need you to send it to me at Denver, in my email.’”
Manning never used the play in a game, it did warrant a use on the practice field though. But that’s beside the point. His mind sees, reads and analyzes every part of every snap, even those that occurred twenty years in the past.