Peyton Manning will root for many NFL teams

Peyton Manning’s days as an NFL player may have come to an end, but that doesn’t mean the bad thing to him because six squads in all will be the beneficiaries of the future Hall of Famer’s support: the Broncos, Colts, Giants, Texans, Lions, and Dolphins.

“I kind of look forward to this year being a fan of a lot of teams, people that I have connections with,” Manning told reporters Friday. “I’ll be pulling for Brock. Of course, I’m going to be a huge New York Giants fan, but I’ll be pulling for the Broncos and the Colts. I’ll be pulling for Adam Gase and Jim Caldwell, the head coach of the Lions. Coaches and players I’ve played with and competed with. Being a free agent, if you will, this year, to be able to pull for a lot of teams. I’ll be pulling hard for Brock. I know he’s going to have a great year.”

The relationship between Manning and Osweiler appeared to have taken an awkward turn last season, when the latter started seven games — his first career starts — in place of Manning, who had gotten injured and had played the worst football of his career before then. Despite the fact that Osweiler went 5-2 in his starts, Broncos Coach Gary Kubiak turned back to Manning in the regular season finale, and the then-39-year-old proceeded to ride a stellar defense to his second championship and a dream finish to his decorated career.

Manning will be pulling for his former teams in the Broncos and Colts, Osweiler and the Texans, Caldwell and the Detroit Lions, Eli Manning and the Giants and, finally, Gase, his former offensive coordinator who now coaches the Miami Dolphins. Peyton alluded to pulling for other players and coaches on other teams as well. But one thing stands out here that raises the question: Who is he going to root for when the Texans and Colts meet twice a year? Or, better yet, when the Texans come to Denver to play the Broncos?

Broncos get their Super Bowl rings

The Denver Broncos have been celebrating since winning Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7. This week, however, had to have been the best. And the locked boxes finally were opened and the Denver Broncos got to see the prizes inside.

Super Bowl rings

A padlocked box with a Super Bowl 50 logo on top was presented to each Broncos player, coach, staff member and football support staff member. According to the team, each ring has 194 diamonds that comes in at more than 5.05 carats. The Broncos’ logo sits in the middle with the franchise’s three Super Bowl trophies above. On one side of the ring has an image of the Lombardi Trophy surrounded by the words “This one’s for Pat.” GM John Elway said those words after the Broncos’ 24-10 win in Super Bowl 50 in honor of team owner Pat Bowlen, who is battling Alzheimer’s.

The Bronco mane and eyeball were created from orange sapphires while the head features pave-set diamonds and custom-cut corundum blue stone. The sides feature 56 stones representing the team’s 56-year history and the top and bottom edges each feature 15 stones to mark the team’s 15 wins during the 2015 season and their 15 titles.

“When we come back for the reunion, everybody will be holding their Super Bowl rings. It’s a beautiful time. It’s a beautiful ring. This one is for Pat. He did a lot of stuff for all of us. To do something for someone else is an incredible feeling,” said Von Miller, who was with the team for the ceremony.