Whenever Peyton Manning is asked about his health or a specific body part, you can expect a one word answer. “Fine,” “great,” and “ok” are all in his repertoire when talking to the media.
Manning has said that he’s a different player than he was in the past after a year off from football, four neck surgeries, and signing with a new team.
“I’ve had an injury,” Manning said. “I’m a different player coming off the injury. I’m on a different team, and so I’m just working on kind of finding my way, and our team is finding our way.”
However, veteran linebacker Keith Brooking is calling Manning’s assessment false. That’s what he told KKFN in Denver after Manning’s 22-for-30 for 305 yards and 3 touchdown performance against the New Orleans Saints.
I’m not calling him a liar, but he’s a liar. That’s the reason he’s a first-ballot Hall of Fame [guy]. You can go on and on. It’s obviously an ability, talent, extremely intelligent player, but it’s his mindset. This game is so mental — your mental approach, the way you approach the game and everything you do. - Keith Brooking (Sports Radio Interviews)