EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Sports

January 27, 2014

If the glove fits, Peytonis wearing it

Chances are Peyton Manning will be like most of the fans in the stands at MetLife Stadium and will wear gloves at the Super Bowl.

That shouldn’t be a cause for concern for Denver Broncos fans. He actually plays better with the sticky-feeling orange-and-gray glove on his right hand than he does barehanded.

Manning never wore a glove in Indianapolis but in his two years in Denver he’s worn one on either his throwing hand or on both hands 13 times. He has a passer rating of 111.9 in those games.

Barehanded, his QB rating is 108.7.

It’s not just a cold-weather option, as many people think, either.

The glove is actually a concession to the altered feel of his grip after spinal fusion surgery in 2011 affected the nerve that travels into his right triceps.

He’s worn the glove the last four games, when the temperatures at kickoff have been 58 at Houston, 70 at Oakland, 41 at home against San Diego, and 63 last Sunday in Denver against New England.

“I’ve experimented with them throughout my career, even when I was in Indy,” Manning said earlier this season. “I never just quite found a pair that I liked, so I finally found a pair that I liked.”

Broncos equipment manager Chris Valenti and his assistant Mike Harrington “researched and gave me some options,” Manning said. “Found a pair that I liked.”

Good thing, too.

Manning has thrown for 33 TDs and five interceptions, including the playoffs, with the glove on his throwing hand in 10 games this season. The Broncos went 8-2 in those games, when he averaged 27 completions in 41 throws for 332 yards with 3.1 TDs and 0.8 interceptions.

BACK TO THE MEADOWLANDS

When they made the trip to the East Coast in December, the last thing anyone in the Seahawks’ locker room wanted to talk about was them playing a late-season game at the site of the Super Bowl.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports

Local Sports Videos
Sports Videos
SNC Minute: Taney loses to Nevada, Phils win Taney watch party at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy 3 & Out: What to watch for in Eagles' 3rd preseason game Taney still alive despite 'off day' from Mo'ne Davis 'Strange strike zone' a factor in Taney's loss Will Alex Henery be the Eagles' kicker on opening day? The Buzzer: Tattoos, John Wall and Babe Ruth Steelers Running Backs Arrested, Browns Roll with Hoyer Carl Edwards to Drive No. 19 For Joe Gibbs in 2015 Darrell Wallace, Jr steps on Block T and pays for it Larry’s Notebook: Where Does the Aggression Go? Just Call Him Johnny Clipboard - @TheBuzzeronFOX Meyer confident despite losing Miller for the year Reggie Jackson's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Mo'ne's Mom: She's Up There With LeBron, Kobe - @TheBuzzeronFOX Can Buckeyes fill Miller's void? Manziel mature enough to start? Ditka Blames 'Politically Correct Idiots' For Redskins Controversy - @TheBuzzeronFOx Redskins show solidarity with Ferguson protesters Is Taney a team of destiny?
Boston Sports
The Buzzer: Tattoos, John Wall and Babe Ruth Steelers Running Backs Arrested, Browns Roll with Hoyer Carl Edwards to Drive No. 19 For Joe Gibbs in 2015 Darrell Wallace, Jr steps on Block T and pays for it Larry’s Notebook: Where Does the Aggression Go? Just Call Him Johnny Clipboard - @TheBuzzeronFOX Meyer confident despite losing Miller for the year Brian Westbrook: I wouldn’t hand the Browns over to Johnny Football’ Farrell 1-on-1: Biggest lessons learned from 2014 Can Buckeyes fill Miller's void? Manziel mature enough to start? Ditka Blames 'Politically Correct Idiots' For Redskins Controversy - @TheBuzzeronFOx Redskins show solidarity with Ferguson protesters Farrell: Bradley, Jr. sent to ‘maintain adjustments’ Farrell: ‘A ‘neighborhood play’ is not a reviewable play’ Bogaerts: ‘I knew he was safe if they replayed it’ Fans Excited For Patriots Preseason Kickoff Curran: Brady, Mallett & Garoppolo expected to play tomorrow Pedro Martinez on Lester: “I would like to see him come back’ Greeting from Foxboro: What to look for in Patriots-Eagle preseason game