PEYTON MANNING SHOWS INCREDIBLE MEMORY -
This is a pretty amazing story when you have time to process the entire thing.
Tennessee video coordinator Joe Harrington, who has been working with Volunteers for more than two decades, got a call in early December while he was out to lunch.
He recognized the voice: Old Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning. But the Denver Broncos star offered no greeting, just a request to cut up a play from 16 years earlier and send him the video.
It wasn’t hard to find either, because Manning gave him every single detail of the exact play he was looking for.
“I pick up the phone and I go in the corner where it’s quiet, and I’m all, ‘Hello?’ and no ‘Hi, how ya doing?,’ nothing,” Harrington said. “This is what he says: ‘In 1996, Tennessee played Ole Miss in Memphis, in the third quarter we ran a play called Flip Right Duo, X Motion, Fake Roll 98 Block Pass Special. I need you to find that play, I need you to digitize it and I need you to send it to me at Denver, in my email.’
“Exactly where he said it would be is what he said would happen.”
How amazing is that?
When Manning called this play, he was a JR at Tennessee. Since his college career, Manning has played in two Super Bowls, made 12 Pro Bowls, won four MVP awards and counting playoffs has thrown 8,554 NFL passes. But he still remembers the exact play call of a pass he made against Ole Miss in Memphis when he was 20 years old.
This is why Peyton Manning is one of the best, if not the best, player to ever wear an NFL uniform. He is a student of the game. (Photo via SI Photos)