Peyton Manning: "Hard to predict" how return to Indy will feel
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning says it's hard to predict how he'll feel playing at Lucas Oil Stadium again.
The Colts host the Broncos this Sunday night in Indianapolis. Colts Coach Chuck Pagano spoke to the media earlier Wednesday, and the Broncos held their own news conference Wednesday afternoon.
Manning says he's feeling better than last year, but some things are different post-injury.
Manning spoke to reporters, including WTHR Sports Director Dave Calabro, in Denver ahead of Sunday's game against the Colts. It will be the first time Manning returns to play in Lucas Oil Stadium since leaving Indianapolis.
Manning called the Colts a "tough team" and said he's focused on "the Broncos trying to be successful."
On getting hit by former teammates, Manning said, "I know Robert Mathis hits harder than [brother] Eli [Manning]."
He also added, "I've learned in life you need to be at peace with decisions other people make that you have no control over. It served me well in this scenario."
When asked about legacy, he responded, "I don't know what legacy means when you are a current player. I'm down the home stretch of my football career."
His message to Colts fans? "I sure did enjoy being their quarterback for 14 years."
Manning refused to comment on the war of words between Jim Irsay and Broncos Coach John Fox, however. Irsay seemed to imply that he was frustrated with only one Super Bowl win during Manning's tenure in Indianapolis. Fox blasted Irsay for those comments, calling them a "cheap shot." Irsay later said he wasn't critiquing Manning, but that others should have stepped up more to help him.