Quarterback Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos runs and gains 11 yards and a first down in the third quarter. The Denver Broncos played the New England Patriots in
the AFC championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on Jan. 24, 2015. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
SAN JOSE, Calif. – There’s been a lot of comparisons done between the two starting quarterbacks in Super Bowl 50, Peyton Manning and Cam Newton.
The two most obvious differences are Newton’s dual threat capabilities and flamboyant on-field expressions. When asked about his counterpart, Manning called Newton the MVP of the NFL, “a greater passer”, “a great runner” and “a great leader.”
And about Newton’s dab dance that has made the media frenzy in recent weeks? Why doesn’t Manning show off his dance moves?
“Well, I don’t run any touchdowns for one thing,” Manning said. “If I run a touchdown – I promise if I run a touchdown on Sunday, I will celebrate. I can assure you of that.”
If you forgot what Manning dancing looks like, here’s a reminder via The Denver Channel in July 2014:
Don’t expect to see anymore Rocky Top Sunday. Manning believes he’s already revealed too much of his secret weapon legs.
“I doubt I’ll get to run that much on Sunday because of the 12-yard run that I had against New England,” Manning said. “There’s a good chance Carolina may send someone to spy me. You know, drop somebody to defend me in the run. I could see it happen.”
Manning’s only rushing touchdown in the last seven years was a one-yard boot leg rush on October 2013 against Dallas.
If the Broncos are closing in to the goal line, it’ll be up to coach Gary Kubiak to call a boot leg for Manning to get in the end zone. The ensuing dab could potentially break Twitter.