Ten Years Back, Legend Peyton Manning Tossed a Staggering 7 Touchdowns – Can Russell Wilson Emulate Him?

Published 09/05/2023, 4:00 PM EDT

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5th September 2013 is a day football enthusiasts have burned in their minds forever. 7 monumental touchdowns by Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. That’s how the sheriff led the Denver Broncos to a victory against the Baltimore Ravens. Match after match, play after play, throughout his career on the field, Manning proved why he is a five-time Super Bowl MVP. The legend might have retired from the field, but his relentless pursuit to make the Broncos a formidable team remains an undying testament to his enduring legacy.

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Ever since Manning’s retirement, the Broncos have struggled to live up to their former glory. Even experiencing a quarterback carousel of sorts till they traded Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks. Is Russell Wilson their new messiah?

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The Denver Broncos took to Instagram to honor and remember the day, Peyton Manning single-handedly reminded his critics that he might not be the jack of all trades but he certainly is the master of this one. He spent the first decade or so of his career with the Indianapolis Colts from 1998-2010, leading them to a Super Bowl victory in 2007. He played for the Broncos between 2012 and 2015, where his GOAT moment was scoring 7 touchdowns against the Ravens, and then winning a Super Bowl with the Broncos in 2016. Now, on the sidelines, Manning plays an important role as a mentor for many players. One of them being Russell Wilson.

 

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While the Broncos were off to a slow start when Manning arrived. He proved to be their ride to glory with a passer rating of 105.8 with 4,659 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions in 16 games after starting as their qarterback. Whereas, Wilson’s first game consisted of sloppy penalties which cost the team 106 yards, and they recorded one of their poorest scores on the gridiron.”. Since then, things have been going downhill for the Broncos. Well, things are about to change with Manning stepping up as Wilson’s new mentor and head coach Sean Payton giving the team a major confidence revamp. The Broncos might just take it to the house this season.

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Peyton Manning’s heir apparent: Russell Wilson’s Mile High mission

In June, Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson were spotted along with Denver Broncos’ head coach Sean Payton at an NBA game, and from the looks of it, the trio seemed to be in cahoots. In order to undo the Broncos’ narrative of losses, much depends on the ability of new head coach Sean Payton to reignite quarterback Russell Wilson’s winning form. After all, it’s a legacy of excellence that Wilson is determined to uphold as he steps onto the field in the Mile High City. 

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When it comes to understanding the winning formula in the NFL, there’s no better authority than Peyton Manning. Now, as Russell Wilson joins the Denver Broncos, he brings with him the same Super Bowl-winning expectations that Manning once shouldered. With Manning hanging up his cleats, leaving a void, and teams like the perennially dominant Kansas City Chiefs, the Broncos are banking on Russell Wilson. Can Wilson step up and fill Manning’s legendary shoes, or will Denver be left searching for answers?

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Jhelum Mehta

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Jhelum Mehta is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports who seamlessly intertwines her fervor for sports with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature. Graduating with honors, her writing reflects a unique fusion of literary acumen and astute sports analysis. Her journey as a wordsmith began after completing her studies, where she embarked on a path to articulate the dynamic world of the NFL.
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