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Every year the ESPYs awards ceremoney celebrates the best the year in sports has to offer, and with the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, the Patriots were nominated for six awards. Of course, the guys took full advantage of the occasion, dressing to the nines and hitting the red carpet to celebrate the nominations and the season that was.

Julian EdelmanJames WhiteDanny AmendolaTrey FlowersMalcolm ButlerDion Lewis and Nate Ebner were in Los Angeles to represent the team and to collect the award for “Best Game.” Though the Patriots only walked away with one ESPY for the thrilling and historic Super Bowl LI victory, the guys certainly made the most of it.

The Patriots selfied the night away, showing off their award and new Super Bowl rings, and before the ceremony began, they hit the red carpet in style, strutting their stuff like professional models — literally a pro in the case of Danny.

Super Bowl LI beat out the Cubs Game 7 win and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open match for Best Game, and Julian accepted the award on behalf of the organization, giving a shoutout to Patriots Nation and poking fun at host Peyton Manning’s expense in his acceptance speech.

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GREEN BAY — Given how effortless he often makes it look, it’s easy to take just how good Aaron Rodgers is for granted.

Then an attention-grabbing, perspective-delivering statistic goes viral on social media, and you’re reminded just how good the Green Bay Packers quarterback really has been.

Rodgers, who is entering his 13th NFL season and 10th as the Packers’ starting quarterback, goes into 2017 with 297 career touchdown passes, three shy of becoming the 11th player to reach 300. Impressive enough — having thrown three or more touchdown passes in 61 of his 159 career games (including playoffs), Rodgers might do it in the Sept. 10 regular-season opener against Seattle — but given Rodgers’ two NFL MVP awards and year-in, year-out production, the number has a bit of a ho-hum, Rodgers-being-Rodgers vibe to it.

But in one of those this-can’t-be-true stats — noted first by Packers fan blogger Elisha Twerski on social media over the Fourth of July holiday — Rodgers will be first of the 11 quarterbacks to hit the 300-touchdown mark without having thrown 100 interceptions in the process.

The 10 quarterbacks to reach the 300-touchdown benchmark — Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Dan Marino, Fran Tarkenton, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger and John Elway — averaged 171 interceptions at the time of their 300th TD.

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Reportedly, Indianapolis Colts‘ owner Jim Irsay has repeatedly tried to get Peyton Manning to accept a front office job with his team. Manning has declined all of Irsay’s pleas, which is a good thing for him and Indianapolis.

Obviously, the pursuit of Manning also coincided with a reported pursuit of ESPN analyst Jon Gruden. Gruden completely shut the door on head coaching the Colts while Manning appears interested in working in Indy, but maybe just not right now.

The timing is not right for Manning to return to the Colts. He is still trying to relax and enjoy his retirement. Remember, he has not been retired for a full year yet.

Also, he probably has not been as focused on football as he was when he was playing. He has spent a lot of time on his business ventures with Nationwide or Papa John’s. As a result, he may not be watching football as in-depth as he used to.

There is nothing wrong with that because he is retired. However, to be the head of football operations, one needs to be motivated to living, breathing and thinking about football all day, every day.

Manning is smart enough to be a head of football operation and disciplined enough to focus on football 24/7. However, this is the key question: Is he motivated enough to take on that lifestyle again?

His unwillingness to accept a front office job with the Colts despite Irsay’s multiple pleas suggests he is not ready to take on that responsibility. This makes it the right decision for him and the Colts.

The Colts could use someone with Manning’s eye for talent. However, they also need someone who is fully committed to the job, and Manning would not be if he took the job right now,

Also, Manning is a calculated person. He is not taking an opportunity unless he knows he is prepared or fully committed to doing the job the right way. He knows he has not devoted enough time towards becoming a successful front office employee.

Another reason Manning may not want to return to Indy right now is he does not want the pressure of the job. If he joins the Colts now, he would like be forcing out Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson.

While everyone would understand those dismissals, Manning does not want to start his front office career with that move. Again, he is a calculated person and is generally sensitive to these sort of moves.

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I have thought all along that Peyton Manning’s football future would be in a John Elway role running a team rather than coaching or as a broadcaster.

Now it’s been reported that Colts owner Jimmy Irsay has been trying to convince Manning to return to Indy as the head of football operations.

Unlike Elway, who had the experience of running the Colorado Crush of the Arena League as CEO and part-owner from 2003-2008 before he was hired by the Broncos in 2011, Manning has no front office experience. But he is extremely bright, knows today’s players and the history of the game and is beloved in Indianapolis, where he played from 1998-2011 before finishing his career in Denver.

There’s no indication yet if Manning will take the job.


Peyton Manning seems like a better fit running a team rather than as a broadcaster.

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DENVER — Peyton Manning ain’t finished just yet.

An all-time great game between two Hall of Fame quarterbacks went down to the final seconds, treat and in a dramatic upset, the eldest Manning brother booked himself one more trip to the Super Bowl with a 20-18 win over Tom Brady and the Patriots for the AFC title in Denver on Sunday.

The Broncos led for almost the entire game, but the Patriots had a chance at the end when Brady connected on two fourth-down passes to Rob Gronkowski, including a touchdown to bring New England within two points with 12 seconds left. The conference title came down to a two-point conversion that would have sent the game into overtime, but Brady’s pass was picked off by Bradley Roby.

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The Rams have had internal discussions about bringing Peyton Manning to Los Angeles should he want to play another season, hospital per a league source.

Manning still is under contract to the Broncos for another year, but most around the league do not expect him to return to Denver next season, if he returns at all.

Manning still must decide whether he wants to play after this season, and the Rams still are formulating their quarterback plans. But they are monitoring the Manning situation, per a source, which is a sign that the Broncos quarterback could have options next season.

It also sets up the possibility — even if it is remote — that Manning could finish his career in Southern California, just as former Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas did with the San Diego Chargers in 1973 and former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath did with the Los Angeles Rams in 1977.

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Intro: The Colts will be coming in droves to Canton this weekend. Peyton Manning can’t wait to get to the Pro Football Hall of Fame to honor Marvin Harrison and Tony Dungy.


CANTON, clinic Ohio – The Colts are coming to Canton this weekend.

Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison are the reason why.

Peyton Manning and Brandon Stokley are flying in together.

Jeff Saturday, health Ryan Diem, Dallas Clark, Gary Brackett, Dwight Freeney, Reggie Wayne, Edgerrin James will be in attendance.

Robert Mathis and Adam Vinatieri will be some of the last to arrive on Saturday afternoon.

It’s the reunion before the reunion, this November at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Manning wasn’t going to miss this moment for anything.

“To have two people that have been a huge part of my football life going in…I’m not sure it gets much better than that,” Manning said earlier this week on 1070 The Fan.

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