Broncos explain Peyton Manning hot tub picture


Dec 8, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) puts his throwing hand waist sleeve in the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Titans 51-28. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Remember that photo from the Denver Broncos game, the one that showed Peyton Manning soaking his injured ankle in a cold tub while wearing a helmet and looking at an iPad. It was an unusual photo, but there is a story behind the picture that the Broncos shared on their website.

For Peyton Manning, “did not participate” doesn’t tell the whole story.

Earlier this season, Manning and tight end Julius Thomas found themselves in the training room instead of practice on a Wednesday.

Not wanting to miss out on mental reps, Manning took matters into his own hands.

With his injured ankle in the cold tub, the quarterback kept his helmet on to listen to the play calls from Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase, who was on the practice field. Simultaneously, he watched game tape on his iPad.

“He heard the calls, he’d repeat them to Julius and they were kind of – it was a way for them to take two hours and stay in the game plan,” explained Gase, who laughed that he couldn’t believe the photo made it onto CBS’ broadcast last week.

It might be the definition of multitasking.

Just add this to the legend of Manning’s preparation for games.

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