Peyton Manning has undergone and recovered from a slew of neck surgeries during his legendary career. Through that process, his father, former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, insisted to his son that he not take shortcuts to get back on the field.
Archie Manning says he believes that Peyton never took HGH, lambasting an Al-Jazeera America report that linked the Denver Broncos quarterback to performance-enhancing substances delivered to his wife while he was recovering from neck surgery in 2011.
“I didn’t like it. I thought I was some pretty shabby journalism,” Archie Manning said on ESPN’s Mike Mike. “Actually, I hadn’t done a lot of interviews this year. This is the first time I’ve been asked about it. But I’m pretty much with him.
“He told me, ‘I didn’t do that.’ I always had a saying when he was going through everything and he had to talk to a lot of different doctors and trainers, and I always said, ‘No voodoo.’ That was kind of our theme. And he didn’t. He said he didn’t. He didn’t.”
Peyton Manning has saidhe supports an NFL investigation into the report.
“I do welcome it. It’s no news to me,” Manning said in January. “I still stand by what I said then that it’s garbage from the first day that it came out, garbage today.”
Regarding the reports that Peyton will retire after the Super Bowl, Archie Manning said he hasn’t spoken with his son about next year but he doesn’t think Peyton hasn’t made up his mind.
“If this is it, we’ll look back and say that was a good ride,” Archie Manning said. “If he decides he wants to play next year, we’ll support him.”
One factor that could affect Peyton Manning’s decision is the possibility of moving on to a new team. Archie Manning acknowledge that it’s unlikely Peyton plays for the Broncos in 2016. Having to deal with the “drama” of changing teams might not be worth it to Peyton, Archie said.