Brothers Eli and Peyton Manning enjoy family time at QB camp | NFL
Brothers Eli and Peyton Manning and their father, Archie, enjoy family time at annual quarterback camp in Louisiana.
THIBODAUX, La. — Even for the Manning brothers, this offseason has been extraordinary, from Eli basking in a second Super Bowl triumph to Peyton's comeback in a new uniform.
They are getting family time this weekend at their annual football camp in their native Louisiana. For Eli and father Archie, it has been gratifying to see Peyton throwing again, something he could not do at the Manning Passing Academy a year ago while recovering from neck surgery that sidelined him for the 2011 season.
Peyton gave a terse "no" when asked if he has something to prove as he comes back from injury with the Denver Broncos after being replaced by rookie Andrew Luck in Indianapolis, where Peyton spent the first 14 years of his pro career. Peyton did have plenty to say about how happy he is that his rehabilitation is at the point where he feels like an NFL quarterback again.
"It has been exciting for me to be back on the field," he said. "When you're injured, it's not fun. You're kind of quarantined."
Peyton said he has more rehabilitation ahead and has "stopped giving percentages" regarding how healthy he is, but his goal remains to participate fully starting in training camp.
Eli, meanwhile, smiles at the sight of his older brother back on the field, actively running high-school-age campers through drills along with the college quarterbacks who serve as counselors.
"I've seen him play football since I was 7 years old, so the last 25 years he's been a great role model and someone to follow — his work ethic and how he handles himself and how he plays the game at such a high level," Eli said. "I'm excited to see him back in uniform, see him back playing. Obviously he went through a tough year last year."
For the second time since 2008, Giants quarterback Eli has been making the rounds as a Super Bowl champion — the parade in New York, the ring ceremony, talk shows, a White House visit and more.
One thing Eli has not done is emphasize the fact he has two Super Bowl rings compared with Peyton's one. Eli still seems genuinely uncomfortable with the idea he might be the better of the brother QBs.
"Peyton is a four-time MVP, a Super Bowl champion," Eli said. "He's coming off an injury, but he's going to be ready to play."
For Peyton, rehabbing is one issue. Adjusting to a new team is another.
"There's no question it's been a big change, a big switch. It's one I'm trying to adjust to," Peyton said. "There's constantly something to learn, something to adjust to, new players, new teammates, new coaches, new surroundings.
"So when you're 14 years in one place, you do kind of become institutionalized. ... Everybody keeps saying, 'Are you settled yet?' ... I don't think anybody can get settled in a couple of months."
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