Peyton Manning Shares Funny Story About John Elway From 2012 Free Agency Process

By michael obermuller
John Elway and Peyton Manning at Manning's free agency press conference.
John Elway and Peyton Manning at Manning's free agency press conference. / Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

As we know, Peyton Manning missed the entire 2011 season for the Indianapolis Colts due to a neck injury. This led to his release after the franchise was able to draft Andrew Luck (due to their poor record without the star quarterback).

As the most-coveted free agent in 2012, Manning eventually decided on the Denver Broncos and ended up having four more tremendous seasons in Denver before his retirement. What we didn't know was the story of what took place directly after Peyton's decision to sign with John Elway and the Broncos, and it's a good one.

Elway, a former legendary quarterback himself, thought it was only right to seal the agreement with a drink, so he invited Manning to the Cherry Hills Country Club. He forgot one small detail about Cherry Hills though, here's the exchange between the two.

"We pulled into Cherry Hills [Country Club] and I remember Elway said, 'You can't wear jeans here. Do you have any other pants?' I said, 'No. This all happened so fast. I just packed one little overnight bag. All I got is jeans.' And he said, 'That's OK. It's a $50 fine. I'll pay the $50 fine.' And all [director of player personnel Matt] Russell had on was like an athletic sweatsuit. So it cost John $100 to take us over to have a beer."

Peyton Manning

Even in Manhattan, 100 bucks would be a steep price to pay for a round of drinks, but Elway dished out the cash with no complaints. Now that's the type of friend you want to have around in a pinch.

You may call this a classy move by Elway, or just an easy solution for a man with a hefty bank account. I call it good business, and that $100 round of beers may have bought the Broncos a Super Bowl.

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