Jul 26, 2012 9:57 PM by Eric Naktin
Peyton Manning's first training camp day as a Denver Bronco was met with extreme excitement. Some fans were in line to attend the free practice in the Denver area as early as 4:30 a.m. A record crowd of 4,372 showed up. The previous record was 3,103, when Tim Tebow was on the team. Beyond that, at least 75 reporters huddled around Manning after practice for interviews.
The 36-year-old is coming off his fourth neck surgery, but this week there are no signs the quarterback is struggling.
The idea of finally getting back in action for the first time since January, 2011 spurs him. "I have missed it, and I've never taken it for granted to be out there playing," Manning said. "I had been playing for 13 years straight and never missed a game since I've been playing quarterback in the seventh grade. That's a lot of consecutive games, a lot of Fridays or Saturdays or Sundays to be playing a game, so I'm glad to be back in more of a normal routine, in a practice routine."
The Broncos kick off the preseason Thursday, August 9th in Chicago.