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One of the most dominant quarterbacks in NFL history, Peyton Manning has won multiple MVP awards and led the Indianapolis Colts to victory in Super Bowl XLI.
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In addition to athletic exploits, Manning has proven to be a valuable brand off the field. He's been praised for his comedic timing and has appeared in several funny television commercials for Sprint, MasterCard and Gatorade, among other brands. In addition, he's hosted Saturday Night Live.
For the first 13 seasons of his career, Manning largely avoided injury, starting every game for the Colts since the start of his rookie season. But on September 8, 2011, Manning's season was derailed when doctors performed a spinal fusion on him to repair a damaged nerve in his neck that had caused his throwing arm to weaken. It was Manning's third neck surgery in 19 months, and it cost him the season.
It also cut short his career with the Colts. With their leader on the sidelines, Indianapolis posted the worst record in the league, securing the franchise the number one pick in the 2012 draft, which they eventually used to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
Intent on starting over with their quarterback of the future, the Colts released Manning. In March of 2012, the former Colts QB signed a new five-year, $96 million contract with the Denver Broncos.
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