NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Even though Peyton Manning won't be participating as a player in NFL training camps anymore, that doesn't mean he won't drop in to say hello. Just ask the Saints.
The two-time Super Bowl champion stopped by the Greenbrier during the Saints' Sunday practice, and says he enjoyed his time.
"Coach Payton knew I was in town for a speaking engagement at the Greenbrier," says Manning in a statement released by the Saints. "And it just so happened to coincide with the same time the Saints were here for training camp."
Peyton says it's been years since he was able to visit the 'Black and Gold" at camp.
"I want to say the training camp going into my junior year in high school," says Manning. "So let's call that 1992. I can recall going out to practice. Jim Mora was the head coach, and I was with my dad (Archie) who was doing the Saints radio broadcasts at the time with Jim Henderson."
Manning says it was also fun to catch up with Drew Brees. Between the two of them, they hold many of the top quarterback records. Brees sits at the top of the list with the highest yards per game average for a career (280.66) and most seasons leading the league passing (6). Meanwhile, Manning holds the records for most passing yards in a career (71,740) and most passing touchdowns (539).
"It was great to see Drew Brees, who has been a long-time friend and an individual I have a great deal of respect for," says Manning. "And it was fun for me to be with him and the other quarterbacks."