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Broncos: Happy birthday, Peyton Manning

Published: March 24, 2014, 11:15 am, by Paul Klee


(Hold on. I’m how old?) 

You are 38, Mr. Quarterback. Today is your birthday.

What to get the man who has everything? The Broncos gave him Emmanuel Sanders and a trio of big hitters to strengthen the defense. Oh, and a $15-million base salary for the 2014 season. So that’s nice. 

What’s in a number — in this case, 38? 

He’s had two seasons in which he threw at least 38 touchdown passes (49 in 2004, 55 in 2013). If he throws an incompletion on 38 percent of his pass attempts next season, a 62-percent completion rate would be a career low. His Papa John’s commercials air roughly 38 times during the average NFL game, according to our math. He had 38 rushing attempts in 2002 (and averaged 3.9 yards per carry).

Alas, Peyton’s longest running play was a 33-yarder (in 2001, as a spry 25-year-old). There’s always next year to break off a 38-yard bootleg around the left end. Hey, it worked against the Cowboys.

What would you get Peyton Manning for his birthday? Every man deserves a day on the river, casting to rising trout, on his birthday. I’m heading to the Colorado next week, Mr. Quarterback, if you need a guide.

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