QB-PEYTON MANNING (on an interesting off-season) May 18, 2007
"It's been fun. Probably the most enjoyable time has been being able to be with my teammates. We've done some things together, whether it's playing golf or taking a few trips together. Kind of knowing what we accomplished last year, it's fun to look across and see Jeff Saturday or Dallas Clark and know what we did together and how we worked to accomplish that. It kind of makes you want to go back and try to do it again. That's what we're doing here this weekend, although we've really been here since the first of April. Coach (Dungy) pushed back the offseason program three weeks, which was nice, because I guess we played three weeks longer than normal. Everybody has worked hard and had good attendance so far. This is the first official time that the whole team is here together, so this is always an exciting time."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if there is a different feel coming back) May 18, 2007
"I think there has to be a little bit. (Colts President) Bill spoke to us today, and we've kind of been the hunter the few years. Now, we're the hunted, but I think that's the role that you want to be in. Knowing how hard we work and how hard we worked last year, what we went through to accomplish our goal, it really makes you want to try to do it again. It also reinforces my respect for teams like Denver and New England that have been able to repeat and win it multiple years. I know how hard it is not to win a Super Bowl, so it was exciting last year and that's why we're here right now trying to work toward being a better team next year. And I really feel like we should be. We've lost some really key players, key guys, too. Good locker room guys, just good charisma. But that's where the old cliché is true, 'Everybody else has to step up.' But the best thing that we've done in years past is put a disappointing playoff loss behind us. As disappointing as it was, we've kind of addressed it, we've learned from it and we've moved on. To me, it shouldn't be any different this year. We've addressed last season, we've sort of put it to bed, they can never take it away from us, but it's time to move on to 2007 and that's what I think we'll do."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if he looks forward to the young guys coming in so he can show them how to approach a season) May 18, 2007
"That's when it's nice to have great veteran leaders like Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Jeff Saturday, Tarik (Glenn), for these young players to be able to watch these guys. Guys like Marvin and Reggie probably aren't going to say a whole lot, but to watch those guys work out on the practice field to me (for) a young player is impressive, just to see how serious these guys take their craft and see how they approach their jobs. To me, that has a positive affect on these young players. That's what the rookies are encouraged to do, to watch the veterans, and the veterans are encouraged to lead by example. Like Coach Dungy mentioned, who would have thought that Charlie Johnson would have played three out of the four quarters in the Super Bowl. Ryan Diem had been great for us all year and had an unfortunate injury. Charlie comes in and to tell you the truth, I didn't know he was even in there until like the third quarter. He is just kind of quiet Charlie, but he's in there blocking their best defensive end as if he's playing in the back yard. So, young players will be called upon, no matter what draft choice they are, what free agent they are, at some point this season. You never know who it's going to be, so it's an exciting time for all of these young players."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on WR-Anthony Gonzalez fitting in as the third WR) May 18, 2007