Peyton Manning Rumors
Six years after it asked America who the best athletes of all-time were, the Harris Poll released its most recent results on Wednesday, and there’s at least one constant: Michael Jordan. Jordan was once again on top of the survey, followed by Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali, who each moved up one spot from their 2009 rankings. Tiger Woods, who in 2009 held the No. 2 spot, fell to No. 8. Rounding out the top five were Serena Williams, who wasn’t ranked six years ago, and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who jumped from No. 8 to No. 5.
And like Denver’s brainy QB, Cleveland’s superstar said he has always called offensive sets and plays throughout his career, and the four-time MVP said it would be foolish for any coach not to let him do so. “Why wouldn’t you give me the freedom to play call?” James said. “It’s like telling Peyton Manning or Tom Brady (a play) and don’t give them the freedom to change in the huddle. I’m a smart, cerebral basketball player.”
And there’s a certain field leader Shaw wants to take Lawson to visit in order to show him what he expects of him. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. “One thing I wanted to do with him,” Shaw said, “and still may do before we get too heavy into is I want to take him to a Broncos practice so he can see Peyton Manning and how he directs traffic, and how everybody falls in line behind him. But they only do that because they know the work ethic that he has and the time he puts in, and they respect that.”
Q: Players in other sports you admire? Phil Jackson: I admire Peyton Manning because of his headiness, his ability to play under control, his understanding of the game, his dedication to the sport…We’ve all watched Derek [Jeter], I’m sure people are just relishing in the last few games they’re getting to watch him play, but he’s had a wonderful, remarkable career… Kobe Bryant obviously is in my sport, but there’s nobody that’s more dedicated to conditioning and preparation and self-control and…absorbing the pain of all that workout than Kobe Bryant.
Sources say Levien took a lead role in assembling a star-studded ownership consortium which includes actor/singer Justin Timberlake as well as Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and wife Ashley. Timberlake and Ashley Manning are native Memphians, as are two more prominent minority owners in Pera’s group: Former NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway and former Congressman Harold Ford Jr.