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“He’s a young man, right? And a year or two of working under John Elway and Peyton Manning, you know, I’m not sure any other quarterbacks around the country get that opportunity,” Hickenlooper said.

Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who was Manning’s backup at Tennessee, said he never tried to talk Manning into coming to Colorado but was impressed by the zip on Manning’s passes when he worked out with him at Duke earlier this year.

“He was fine. I kept telling him how impressed I was, how far he’d come since he came out after he had surgery,” Helton said. “I’m an untrained eye, but I knew it hurt when I caught it.”

With Manning joining the Broncos, oddsmakers in Las Vegas immediately made Denver one of the top choices to win the Super Bowl next season, which will be played in Manning’s hometown of New Orleans.

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AP Sports Writer Pat Graham contributed to this report.

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