Guys, I apologize in advance if this was posted before... I checked, but I'm in a hurry and didn't see it. This is an article from Peter King which chronicles Peyton's journey to become a Denver Bronco.
Some of the more interesting tidbits?
John Elway never made a hard sell.... opting to be completely honest with Peyton, and allowing Peyton to make his own mind up without badgering him (unlike Seattle and Arizona).
John Fox, nervous Peyton would balk, had our PR guy, Patrick Smyth, come up with a couple nice selling points to ease Peyton's mind. The first.... the average kickoff temp. in Denver is 60 degrees. The second.... Fox was worried Peyton wouldn't think our D was adequate enough, so Smyth came up with a nice little stat for him.... when any of John Fox's teams have scored 26 or more points, they are 39-3.
While Manning was in Denver, he visited with the Shanny boys at Mike's home as a courtesy (they had already traded for the rights to RGIII), and Elway jokingly texted Shanny, telling him to put in a good word for the Broncs. Ohhh..... Elway, you lil devil you.
Also while Manning was in Denver.... the Seahawks brass made an unannounced and private visit to the airport, with hopes of getting a meeting with Manning, but Manning didn't appreciate their lack of notification, and told them to hit the door.
Manning did have interest in the Redskins.... when Elway informed Peyton that Shanny had traded for the #2 overall, Peyton was genuinely shocked.
While Peyton and Stoke were playing toss and catch at a local park, Manning had Stokely keep a watchful eye out for locals.... yelling "biker", or "jogger," then Manning would hide the football until they were out of sight.
Elway's sales pitch was performed with masterful precision at Cherry Hills. The Broncos and Manning devised a scheme for several different vehicles to leave the Broncos complex at the same time, so no one could follow Elway's/Manning's ride. Sneaky... sneaky.
During the recruiting process.... Foxy secretly found out Ashley Manning's phone number, and sent her a text on her and Peyton's anniversary, congratulating them. Foxy, you are as sly as a Fox my friend.
While Manning was throwing at his first night workout with David Cutcliffe in Raleigh, Harbaugh was secretly watching from his car..... Manning didn't even know who it was until Jim and Niners OC, Greg Roman, came onto the field with their hoodie's drawn up tight, to get a better view. Manning texted his Mom, saying, "you'll never believe who showed up." "Belichick," she responded...... "nope, good one, but Jim Harbaugh."