And he says he did it all with no feeling in his fingertips.
"I can't feel anything in my fingertips," Manning told Sports Illustrated's Peter King last week. "It's crazy. I've talked to a doctor recently who said don't count on the feeling coming back. It was hard for me for about two years, because one doctor told me I could wake up any morning and it might come back. So you wake up every day thinking, 'Today's the day! Then it's not.'"
Manning had already won a Super Bowl and earned four league MVP awards with Indianapolis before the lost 2011 season. When the
In 2013, he won his fifth MVP award while setting single-season records for touchdown passes (55), passing yards (5,477) and yards per game (342.3). The Broncos lost to the