Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning believes quarterback speed is overrated, according to a report by The Times-Picayune, and he pokes fun at his brother New York Giants' quarterback Eli Manning whilst explaining why.
The Broncos quarterback has built a career on the quickness of his mind rather than how quickly he can move his feet.
He had one of the quickest releases in the NFL in 2013, scoring an outstanding 29 touchdowns with throws made in two seconds or less after the snap.
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According to The Times-Picayune, at the 20th annual Manning Passing Academy this week, Manning was asked about the importance of speed at the quarterback position.
"When I was a senior being recruited by Tulane at the Tulane Football Camp, we ran 40s and they said that I ran a 4.88 (seconds) that day," he said, tongue firmly in cheek, "I'm pretty sure that was (then Tulane coach) Buddy Teevens just doing some good recruiting. I probably ran about a 5.1.
"I remember Eli was a seventh-grader at the camp, the youngest kid at the camp. He's the only guy who ran his 40 wearing his helmet. I don't know why he had his helmet on. I remember he ran a 6.2, (that) was the time that I heard -- a humbling moment for Eli."
He seems to have used some personal anecdotes from his days at high school to prove speed is overrated for a drop-back quarterback.
Manning also spoke of a time where he was a high school freshman, and his older brother Cooper, and two other players from another school worked with a speed coach.
The 39-year-old said: "Cooper ran about a 4.75, which was great (since) he was playing receiver," Peyton said. "I didn't hear my time, but the guy from St. Martin's, who was an offensive lineman, beat me in the 40, and he ran a 5.8. I don't know what I ran, but it was somewhere after that (time).
"My point was it doesn't matter if you're slow or not strong as an 8th grader or a 9th grader. Go to work at it. If you can't get real fast (then) jump a lot of rope and get good feet."
There are currently a lot of quarterbacks in the NFL have speed in their feet. Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III are some of the quickest quarterbacks in the NFL. Wilson even has a Super Bowl win under his belt, so speed isn't a bad trait to have.
Manning may not have had the speed, elusiveness or agileness during his time in the NFL, but he didn't need it. Super Bowl Champion in the 2006 and another two Super Bowl appearances since proves you don't need speedy legs.
Just a very good throwing arm.
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