Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has never been a fan of scouts utilizing the 40-yard dash to grade players at his position.
This hasn’t changed throughout his NFL career, and a recent story Manning told at his quarterback camp last week proves this to a T.
“When I was a senior being recruited by Tulane at the Tulane Football Camp, we ran 40’s and they said that I ran a 4.88 (seconds) that day,” Manning said jokingly, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I’m pretty sure that was (then Tulane coach) Buddy Teevens just doing some good recruiting. I probably ran about a 5.1.”
“I remember Eli was a 7th-grader at the camp, the youngest kid at the camp. He’s the only guy who ran his 40 wearing his helmet. I don’t know why he had his helmet on. I remember he ran a 6.2, (that) was the time that I heard — a humbling moment for Eli.”
Neither Manning brother is known for being light on their feet. In fact, they have tallied a total of 1,135 rushing yards in 28 combined years in the NFL. For comparison’s sake, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick combined for 1,488 rushing yards last season alone.
This just magnifies what most outside of the mainstream believe. There are two different types of quarterbacks in today’s NFL. Just as simply being mobile doesn’t equate to success, being a immobile target in the offensive backfield doesn’t lead to a lack of success.
Though, it must be noted that this one “athletic” writer can now ran a much faster time than Eli ran when he was in seventh grade. Unfortunately, I am not 6-foot-4 and can’t throw the ball 60 yards on the line—further proving our previous point. Kinda.
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