Cue up Boyz II Men, because Peyton Manning can see the ‘End of the Road’
Remember the 90s? I do, and so does Peyton Manning in all likelihood. And now that he can look further back than he can peer forward as it relates to his wildly successful NFL career, the Denver Broncos quarterback is admitting that he’s taking a step back to make sure he soaks it all in as he and his teammates prepare for a divisional round showdown with the San Diego Chargers on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
The 37-year-old veteran understands that opportunities like the one presented to him this season with a team talented enough to make it to the Super Bowl may not come along again, so he’s enjoying everything about it.
“It’ll be a great atmosphere Sunday playing a good football team, and there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing than to be in that opportunity,” Manning said, via Pro Football Talk. “It’s certainly my goal to enjoy the preparation — not just the game, to actually enjoy the preparation part of it, enjoy being around the guys. Because certainly the light is at end of tunnel for me, no question, so you enjoy these things maybe even more than maybe you have in the past.”
Light at the end of the tunnel indeed. Manning undoubtedly is a sure-fire, first-ballot Hall of Famer, but given that he has never beaten the Chargers in the playoffs, going 0-2 in his career, perhaps less time should be devoted to taking it all in and focusing more upon the task at hand.
Although it is acceptable if Peyton puts on Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” as he prepares for the big game. “Mowtown Philly” ain’t never hurt no one, so let the jams play, Pey-Pey.