“You don’t get to fly on a plane with 53 guys and everybody’s standing up when the plane’s taking off, nobody has their seat belt fastened, everybody’s using their cell phone. When the pilot says we can’t take off when those things are happening, they’re lying because you can because we do it. Those are things you miss when you stop playing and so I guess I try to have an appreciation for those things.”
Following his unpredented comeback from his neck injury, Peyton Manning savors even the salt on his airplane peanuts. It’s these little intricacies – like not having to abide by Federal Aviation Administration rules on the charter home from ‘stressful’ wins like the one they had in Dallas on Sunday – that he will miss most after his career is over.