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Peyton Manning talks about his return to football

05/23/2013 4:01 PM ET
By Matt Hughes

Peyton Manning opened up about coming back after a long injury layoff.(AP)
In his first year with the Denver Broncos -- and coming off a career threatening neck injury -- Manning put together one of his most memorable seasons as a pro.

Only an other-worldly performance by Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings kept Manning from winning a record fifth NFL MVP award. The Broncos would end up losing a heartbreaker in the Divisional Playoffs to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens but only after Manning's arrival reignited the Broncos franchise in 2012.

In an exclusive interview with Pete Prisco of CBS Sports, Manning talks about his long road to recovery with his customary humor.

"You are kind of on your own through this. John Lynch told me he had a similar injury. Well, he's a safety. He can still knock the crap out of somebody with one arm. I think it was too late for me to move to safety. My high-school coach Tony Reginelli was kind of famous for "Reggie-isms" kind of like "Yogi-isms." He always said if you want to be a good quarterback, when sprinting left you want to be amphibious and throw left-handed. I told him, 'you mean ambidextrous, coach?' If I had listened to coach Reg, and could be amphibious now and throw left-handed, it wouldn't' be so hard."

Manning also discusses retirement, his first post-surgery throwing sessions with former college teammate and Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, and how he still loves working at the game he's played his entire life.

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