For a player, having a major surgery could bring down your confidence. Peyton Manning has done the complete opposite.
Manning underwent neck surgery in 2011 that forced him to miss the entire season. After having the surgery it was noted that his throws were a bit weak, and he had to undergo a spinal fusion surgery that ultimately forced him out for the season. Doctors even said that a return to the NFL could not be promised, especially at his age, but he went through it anyways. Because of the factors of him possibly not being the same and no guarantee that he will be able to compete at a higher level then he was in his career, the Indianapolis Colts released him which brought about an emotional Manning.
Fast forward to later on in that of season when Manning was signed by the Denver Broncos. This was great for the team to have a future Hall of Fame quarterback in the huddle, but the Broncos were taking a huge gamble because of the surgery. Adding on to the release of Tim Tebow was a way of saying they had a lot of faith in Manning. It didn’t go well right off the bat as the Broncos started the 2012 season 2-3. However, the team began to gel with Manning, especially on offense, as the team won 11 straight games and we began to see the return of the old Manning. And we still see it now as he has led the Broncos to an 11-3 record with sights on another division title.
I believe Manning has come a long way since his surgery. Perhaps he was given robot parts during the surgery he went through because he is still playing at an elite level. But it is his confidence and his willingness to learn and work hard that has given him quite the opportunity. After this kind of comeback, it is no secret that Manning is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.