‘I have my heroes’

Year: 2014
Runtime: 10:59
Originally aired on: NBC

Peyton Manning is renowned for his intellectual capacity on the field, so it should come as no surprise that he is a keen student of football history. Prior to breaking Brett Favre’s all-time record for career touchdown passes, Manning sat with Bob Costas to discuss the record-holders who preceded him. Starting with Sammy Baugh and continuing through Favre himself, Manning reminisced in detail about the greats in whose footsteps he follows.

In this revealing interview, Manning speaks not as a legend on the verge of history, but as a fan of the game and of the craft of quarterbacking. His passion for the game’s history shines through as he explains the impact these men had on his life and career.

“I don’t ask for autographs,” Manning says. “It’s the handshake, and it’s the moment that I had. Sometimes, I can’t prove to you that I’ve met Bart Starr, but I know that I have, and it’s the moment that I have. So I’m no different than anybody else. I have my heroes. I have my favorite players. To spend some time with a Johnny Unitas or Sammy Baugh, after knowing about them, those are important parts of my life.”

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