Denver's Manning calls Elway a 'great resource'
JOHN ELWAY doesn't see Peyton Manning riding off into that orange Rocky Mountain sunset the way Elway did 15 years ago if the Denver Broncos quarterback caps his record-setting season with a second Super Bowl ring.
Elway's body was breaking down, having been sacked 516 times - 244 more than Manning has been in about the same number of games.
"I still think he's young and he's playing well," Elway, now the Broncos' executive vice president, said yesterday of his quarterback, who's coming off his best statistical season just 2 years removed from neck problems. "That's going to come down to Peyton. It's going to come down to what he wants to do."
Manning has given no indication that he's anywhere near calling it quits at age 37, although he has dropped phrases lately like "light at the end of the tunnel" when talking about his career.
Elway takes that to mean Manning knows that whenever he does walk away, these are the days he'll look back on.
Manning is preparing to lead the Broncos against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots Sunday in the AFC Championship Game.
Elway said he'll meet with Manning after the season to talk about his future.
Manning has thrown for 97 touchdowns in his two seasons in Denver, including an NFL-record 55 this season.
Manning said Elway has been there when needed.
"He has been a great resource," Manning said. "He doesn't come to our quarterback meetings and he is not on the phones with me during the game. I think he wants to make that clear. It's his job to hire good people to communicate with me on those. At the same time, I think you would be crazy not to ask a quarterback with his experience questions.
"I have asked John a number of questions and he's provided me with knowledge or tidbits from experiences that he's had and he's been very helpful that way."