Peyton Manning inducted into Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
Peyton Manning isn’t heading to the broadcast booth or the front office anytime soon. I’m unemployed. I’ve got a couple of ads in the paper, Manning joked Wednesday night at his Colorado Sports Hall of Fame induction, which came on the 20th anniversary of his selection as the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft.
Manning spent 14 seasons in Indianapolis and four in Denver, then retired after becoming the first quarterback to win Super Bowl rings with two teams. He said he’s enjoying retirement but keeps close tabs on the NFL, attending several games over the last couple of years in Denver, where he and his wife continue to raise their two young children.
For the Chiefs, it’ll be the franchise’s first regular-season game in Mexico. The team played a preseason contest in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1996. The Rams have never played in Mexico, which has played host to 10 NFL games prior to this year’s contest. The game also will feature Rams cornerback Marcus Peters’ first game against the Chiefs since being traded to L.A. by Kansas City earlier this offseason.
Instead of playing in front of boisterous crowds on the big NFL stage, Borland spends his time now helping other football players and military veterans make that adjustment to their new lives that often lack the thrill and competitiveness of life in the armed forces or professional sports.One healthy thing I’d like for players to know, whether they’re active or former, is you likely can’t replicate the thrill of playing before 100,000 people and big hits and making that much money, Borland said.We can get ourselves into trouble trying to. Coming to terms with transitioning is one of the harder lessons I’ve had to learn the last couple of years, is that life is a little more methodical than in sports. The peaks aren’t as high and the valleys aren’t as low.That’s an adjustment we have to make.
Borland, whose brothers Joe and John serve in the Army, sees similar retirement challenges for veterans, who like football players often have to deal with physical injuries and mental problems that are far less obvious as they go into society.It would be ill-advised to compare war and a sport, but I don’t think the brain knows the difference, Borland said.