Thirty-eight-year-old Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is showing no signs of slowing down as training camp officially kicked off on July 24.
Manning is raring to go in 2014, per The Denver Post's Nicki Jhabvala:
"Day 1 of Broncos training camp at Dove Valley ended Thursday at most practices do with Peyton Manning: The majority of the players trudge back to the locker room, eager to get out of the heat, while Manning stays behind, helmet still on, still taking snaps, still working with his receivers and the rookies.
"Once he did leave the field, he started joking around with media.
"At 38 and coming off a record season -- perhaps the best NFL season for a quarterback -- Manning has hardly slowed, physically or mentally. And he won't, not with how last season ended against Seattle.
"Manning and the rest of the Broncos took the field for the first time this camp, amid 92-degree heat, looking to start to move past the 43-8 rout that left 'a bittersweet taste in your mouth,' as coach John Fox put it Wednesday.
"'It's the 2014 season, and just because you did something last year, it means nothing as far as this upcoming season,' Manning said. 'I always thought the NFL does not owe you anything. Nothing is given to you. You have to earn it.'
"Manning set NFL records in passing yards (5,477) and touchdown passes (55) while earning while earning his fifth league MVP award and helping the Broncos score a record 606 points and tally a 13-3 record. But their thrashing to the Seahawks last February has overshadowed all of that, and it was the impetus behind many of the team's offseason moves."
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"There are Pro Bowl selections and plenty of all-everything teams revealed in every NFL season. Some players are named, some are snubbed and the discussion on all fronts can be lively.
"And then there's what Donny Moore does. Moore, who laughingly calls himself a 'former sandwich artist who has had the greatest of opportunities, is a 36-year-old guy whose decisions are debated, sifted through and often even used as verbal barbs in not only living rooms across the country, but in locker rooms around the NFL.'
"That's because Moore has the final say about player rankings in 'Madden,' the wildly popular Electornic Arts video game. The 26th edition -- 'Madden NFL 15' -- is set for release on Aug. 26.
"And when it comes to the Denver Broncos' game, players will soon discover what NFL defenses did last season -- because quarterback Peyton Manning is at the top of the heap. Manning, who threw for an NFL single-season record 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards last season on the way to his fifth MVP award, is tied for the game's top rating for quarterbacks at 98.
"Moore gave Manning and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers a 98 rating -- 'it's a 0 to 99 system, there are no 100 ratings in the game,' Moore said. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees checked in at 96; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was rated at 93.
"And while the debate rages around the league about whether Russell Wilson is a top-10 quarterback, Moore said he will be in this year's 'Madden,' as Wilson was also given a 93 rating.
"Calculating Manning's rating, Moore said, was simply a matter of balancing past production, plenty of advanced metrics on the statistical side, and giving Manning the eye test.
"'You're constantly looking at it, having your eyes on everything,' Moor said. 'It's not only what you see, relative to his peers, relative to the league, but what the metrics tell you as well. A guy like Peyton has such a long track record, from our standpoint it's going to take a lot to push that rating down any. A younger player's rating may be far more volatile...But we update through the season and through the playoffs.'
"Moore said Manning's rating in the gaming world represents a complete bounce-back from the quarterback's return from spinal fusion surgery that caused him to miss the 2011 season, which are also the only games Manning has missed in his career. Since signing with the Broncos in 2012, Manning has started every game -- 32 regular-season games to go with four playoff games, with 92 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions.
"'There were a lot of unknowns there when he came back, but the feeling was it would affect his throw power,' Moore said. 'We dropped him down to 84, 85 range, got back up to 89 in 'Madden 13,' I believe. And then to where he is now where we just looked at everything, throw power, awareness, all of those things.'"
Manning has thrown for 64,964 yards, 491 touchdowns and 219 interceptions on a 97.2 passer rating in 240 career regular-season games, per ESPN stats.