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The NFL is, by and large, a nasty business — a tale more often than not of vulgarity and venality in the service of vaulting greed. It is a fitting symbol of an indulgent culture where the super-rich gather to amuse themselves by sending the gladiators, largely the sons of the impoverished classes, into battle, for which the latter are richly rewarded with money and fame for a few years, whilst their bodies endure.
Yet there are exceptions, like Super Bowl 50 on Sunday night in Santa Clara, which went with the five-oh, rather than Super Bowl L, perhaps because some might have thought it stood for larceny, which is what the NFL does to the common good when the great circus comes to town, or for lying, which the NFL does on everything from head injuries to stadium financing. It was exceptional this year because at the end of it all, it was the last Manning standing who claimed the prize. Improbably, in a season in which he was reduced to riding the bench, there was Peyton Manning as Super Bowl champion.
Newton plays with an exuberance that brings to mind the joy that children take in the game, a reminder that grown men who play games for a living ought to have fun doing so. His football achievements are unparalleled. Five times the season MVP. Passing records of all kinds. Changing the way the game is played and how quarterbacks play.
But despite all the success, the championships were tests of endurance. He is the only quarterback to go to the Super Bowl twice with two different teams, four times with four different head coaches; the comfort of a stable dynasty was not his. He sat out the season after neck surgery that left him unable at first to throw a football across a room, let alone across the field. The Indianapolis Colts let him go, thinking his best days were behind him.
He went to Denver, won another season MVP and did in four years what it took him more than a decade to do with the Colts — go to two Super Bowls, and win one. All the while, he was polite and endearing, able to laugh at himself — a talent he turned into a lucrative advertising career, becoming something of a latter day Bill Cosby when Cosby was still the lovable pitchman for wholesome things like chocolate pudding. On Sunday night, as the cameras went from luxury box to luxury box, presenting various collections of dysfunctional celebrities, the Manning box looked like the family Christmas card from the straight-arrow cousin whose children spend spring break building houses in Haiti.
Peyton has written thousands of cards in his career, not so much to the movers and shakers who sit in the luxury boxes, but to the moved and the shaken for whom an invitation to come to the stadium itself is a rare privilege. Notes of congratulation and condolence, hand-written assurances of prayer and biblical verses — all that is part of being Peyton.
So when the Old Manning on Sunday night could no long take charge of the game — he barely threw a pass in the fourth quarter — it was a fitting coda to the career of a great quarterback who has been a very good man. No longer able to do large things, he did the small things. And everything fell into place. His last pass was for a two-point convert, the same pass his archrival, Tom Brady, had intercepted two weeks ago.
The victory was his th, breaking his tie with Brett Favre, the other great quarterback of his era. He was, Looking for nsa fun in manning fact, better than great. He was good. When the pandemic prompted the end of after-work happy hour for many, Gabriella Salvi pivoted her brand to accommodate this new reality.
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