When Peyton Manning announced that he would be back for the Denver Broncos in 2015 the major emotions felt amongst the franchise's fans were joy and relief.
The outpouring of support was, though, tempered a little by some suggestions that the ageing quarterback had shown in the final few games of the 2014 campaign that his body was giving up on him.
Rolling back the years
Of course, until he takes his place under center in Week One we won't know for sure if Manning's decline is for real. The five-time NFL MVP has been doing his best to prove his doubters wrong though, as evidenced by an impressive recent achievement.
Speaking at a recent presentation, Denver Broncos strength and conditioning coach Luke Richesson had an interesting tidbit on how Peyton Manning has been performing since opting back in with the franchise:
With 69,691 yards and 530 touchdown passes on his resume to date, no one is concerned with Peyton Manning's eye for a pass. Having just celebrated his 39th birthday, though, there are legitimate concerns as to whether the veteran will be able to keep pace with the physical nature of the NFL for an 18th season.
The fact then that he is bettering his previous performances in the gym certainly points to Peyton Manning moving towards peak condition; an exciting update for Broncos fans who are hoping the QB can lead the team to that elusive third Super Bowl.
It is true that Manning endured a tough end to last season. He threw for just three touchdowns in his final three games (including the postseason) whilst racking up four interceptions.
The future Hall of Famer was dealing with several injury issues that inevitably played their part in the dip in form, however.
Hamstring and thigh issues restricted him then, but clearly a spell away from the intensity of the gridiron has left him feeling fighting fit.
If Manning can somehow match his record setting gym work when it comes to passing yards and touchdowns then those who are doubting him at present will be very quiet come this time next year when it could finally be the end of the superstar's time in the NFL.
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