Peyton Manning: Russell Wilson brings “unique” skills, leadership to Broncos

Manning said he has talked to Wilson about moving to a new team

Ryan O'Halloran
The Denver Post
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning shake hands before a coin flip before an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Seattle.
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There are few people who can relate to what new Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson has experienced over the past decade in general and the last month in particular.

Success with the team that drafted him. … Multiple Super Bowl appearances and at least one championship. … Gaining comfort as the face of an entire franchise. … Regular trips to the playoffs. … And leaving his original team.

But Peyton Manning can. Ten years ago, Manning went through the same thing.

“I’ve talked to Russell a number of times and we’ve had conversations about some of the things that helped me in my transition to a different team that I think can apply to anybody making the jump, especially after being in a place for a long time,” Manning said last week in a phone interview with The Denver Post to promote his Sweetens Cove bourbon brand. “(I’ve had) conversations Coach (Nathaniel) Hackett as well about some of those things., maybe some do’s and don’ts that helped me and can certainly apply and Russell can hit the ground running here in his first year.”

In this Aug. 18, 2012, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) shakes hands with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) following an NFL football preseason game in Denver.
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In March 2012, after missing the entire ’11 season with a neck injury, Manning was released by the Indianapolis Colts to make way for top overall pick Andrew Luck. The Broncos won the Manning sweepstakes and he capped his Pro Football Hall of Fame career with two more Super Bowl appearances (one win) and a 45-12 regular-season record over four years.

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Last month, the Seattle Seahawks traded Wilson to the Broncos. If the second stop of his NFL career is similarly successful, the package of three players and five draft picks will be worth it.

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