Peyton's return to Super Bowl stirs excitement
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:00 AM
Peyton Manning's return to the Super Bowl had people smiling Monday at Williams Brothers following the Denver Broncos' 26-16 victory over New England in the AFC championship game.
"Everyone was real excited, especially after his neck injury two years ago," co-owner Sid Williams said of his nephew. "Some said they had thought the Broncos would win all along; others said they didn't know. But everyone was happy."
Manning and the Broncos will be traveling to New York City where they will take on the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 2 in Super Bowl XLVIII. The Seahawks made it to the Super Bowl with a 23-17 win over San Francisco in the NFC championship game.
Manning is 1-1 as far as Super Bowls go. He led the Indianapolis Colts to a 29-17 win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. The Colts later lost Super Bowl XLIV 31-17 to the New Orleans Saints in 2010.
But Williams remembered that there was no guarantee that his nephew would be able to play again two years ago following four neck surgeries.
"It was a serious injury," Williams said. "There was no guarantee he would play again."
The rest is history. Manning was not re-signed by the Colts. He later signed to play with the Broncos. After a disappointing loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs last year, he has delivered not only a record-breaking season but a Super Bowl berth as well for the Broncos.
"They want to go to the Super Bowl," Williams said. "But they want to win it. It is no fun to lose."
Peyton is the son of Sid's sister, the former Olivia Williams and Archie Manning.
His brother, Eli, has won two Super Bowls with both coming over the Patriots.
In years past, Williams Brothers would be the place to get Super Bowl shirts and caps when one of the Mannings was playing in the Super Bowl but not this year.
"We can't get them," Williams said. "That was the first thing I asked Monday morning. They have changed vendors. We couldn't even get a Broncos jersey this year."