Peyton Manning Plays Prank on Eric Decker During Duke Workouts (Photo)


May 30, 2012; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) and wide receiver Eric Decker (87) walk off the field following organized team activities at the Broncos training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (man, that still feels weird to write) has started working out at Duke with teammates Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, along with recently signed receiver Wes Welker.

Manning is familiar with Duke, because that is where he spent a lot of time last season while recovering from his neck surgeries. Manning has a connection with Duke with the team’s head coach David Cutcliffe, who was Manning’s offensive coordinator at Tennessee and Eli Manning’s head coach at Mississippi.

He is now working to strengthen his connection with Decker and Thomas, while welcoming Welker to the mix and helping the team’s newest weapon familiarize himself with the offense.

With the group of players in Durham, North Carolina working out, Peyton decided that it would be a great chance to play a harmless prank on his teammates. He sent out a tweet to show a letter that Manning had drafted up to trick Decker in to thinking he would have to pay for the training session at Duke.

Here is Welker’s tweet:

And here is a close up of the letter:

You have to love Manning having a little fun with his teammates. Chemistry between a quarterback and wide receiver has to go beyond the football field. By playing pranks like this, he is building closer bonds with his receivers and making them feel like a brotherhood.

Well done, Peyton. This was a pretty solid prank.

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