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“I always loved the game and my dad loved to play, he just taught me to play the game for the love of the game, that’s really what I do.”
“Remind your critics that an amateur built the arc, experts built the Titanic.”
“There are other players who are more talented, but there was no one who could out prepare me.”
Evan: He’s a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the NFL.
He’s considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, he’s the only starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different franchises.
He’s Peyton Manning, and here’s my take for his top 10 rules for success.
Rule number one is a personal favorite, and make sure to stick around all the way to the end for some special bonus clips. And as always if Peyton says something that’s really, really meaningful to you, please leave it in the comments below and put quotes around it and as he’s talking so that other people can be inspired as well.
= PEYTON’S RULES =-
- Think outside the box.
- Enjoy the journey.
- Tell great stories.
- Appreciate the little things.
- Stay at it.
- Love the game.
- Show sportsmanship.
- Have no regrets.
- Always be prepared.
- Make next level plays.
Peyton Manning’s Top Rule #1: Think Outside The Box
So don’t let expertise silence you. Work to find new solutions to old problems. Think outside of the parameters that restrict other people’s thoughts.
“When you’re chided for your naivete, and you will be, remind your critics that an amateur built the arc, experts built the Titanic.” – Peyton Manning
Just because you’re a novice on the job, just because you haven’t faced the same challenges, just because you haven’t climbed the same cliffs, doesn’t mean that you can’t contribute to solutions in very significant ways. When you’re chided for your naivete, and you will be, remind your critics that an amateur built the arc, experts built the Titanic.
Peyton Manning’s Rule #2: Enjoy The Journey
I think the fact that that injury occurred to me has just given me more of an appreciation for this journey that I’m on and I have had fun this entire playoff. I’ve tried to soak it up, I haven’t just been so laser focused where I haven’t enjoyed anything.
We’e had two good post playoff win celebrations, gave it a good run after San Diego and a really good run after New England, and I think that’s some advice that some players in their older years gave to me and I really tried to follow that. And I plan to enjoy this week as well.
We had a great week of preparation last week, it’s important this week, but I do think it’s important to soak it up and as they say “enjoy the journey not “just the destination.”
Peyton Manning’s Top Rule #3: Tell Great Stories
I learned a valuable lesson when I was a freshman at Tennessee that I applied to my first year on the job in the NFL. It was the first time I ran into the huddle as a quarterback in Tennessee.
We were playing up at UCLA at the Rose Bowl, 95,000 people in the stands, ABC broadcasting the game on national television, Keith Jackson and Bob Greasi.
Tennessee was ranked ninth in the country, UCLA was unranked, expected to be a blowout. I was 13 on the depth chart not expecting to play the entire game much less the entire season. On the second play of the game our starting quarterback tears his knee, he’s out for the year.
Our backup quarterback was a guy named Todd Helton who went onto have an 18 year major league baseball career, let’s just say Todd was kind of thinking about that baseball signing bonus he was about to get, he wasn’t real crazy about going into the game. So we’re getting to be 21 to nothing, my coach turns to me and says “Peyton, you’re going in.”
You take control of that huddle
And boy I didn’t think I was nervous, I looked down and all the hair on my arms was juts sticking straight up. So I got into that huddle, and I remembered something that my daddy told me, he said “son if you ever get into the “huddle with the stars at any point in the season, “it may be in the fourth quarter blowout, it may be just “in practice, it doesn’t matter, you be the leader “and you take control of that huddle.
“That’s your job as the quarterback, you’re just 18 “years old, most of these seniors are 21, 22, it doesn’t “matter, be the leader and take control of that huddle.”
So I remembered old Dad’s advice and I get into that huddle, and I said “alright guys, I know I’m just a freshman “but I can take us down the field right now, get us a “touchdown, get us back in this game, let’s go!”
Big left tackle, a guy named Jason Layman, about six five, 330 pounds, grabs me by the shoulder and says “hey freshman, shut the blank up and “call the blanking play.” And I said “yes sir.” That was really great advice from my dad, I really appreciate that.
Peyton Manning’s Top Rule #4: Appreciate The Little Things
Well I’ve always had a passion for the game, but when you are out for a year you certainly miss certain things. Being in that huddle, flying back on the plane after a big victory, the weight room and after practice throwing sessions with your receivers, they’re going to make a difference and help you win a game on Sunday.
“Everybody enjoys playing football in the games, but I have more of an appreciation for the small details, the things that you won’t get to do after you stop playing football. So those moments have been even more special.” – Peyton Manning
You just don’t get to participate in those activities when you’re not playing and you’re injured. So to get back out on the field I had more of an appreciation for the little things, everybody enjoys playing football in the games, but I have more of an appreciation for the small details, the things that you won’t get to do after you stop playing football. So those moments have been even more special.
Peyton Manning’s Top Rule #5: Stay At It
In my very first NFL game I completed my first pass to hall of fame running back Marshall Fall. I threw a touch down in that same game to Marvin Harrison, who would inducted into the hall of fame this August.
The quarterback for our opponent, the Miami Dolphins was after my dad, my favorite player, hall-of-famer Dan Marino, who won the first third down of the game, completed a 25 yard skinny post, and it was the damnedest throw I’ve ever seen.
Later I completed a pass to tight end Marcus Pollard down the middle, and somebody hit me really hard and after I got up I told myself “I know I can play in this league.”
Later in that struggling season, we played in and lost to Baltimore, it was the first time that the Colts had returned to Baltimore since they had moved in 1984. We didn’t exactly get a warm reception that day.
Fans were screaming at me and I was thinking “hey I was only eight years old then, get off of my back.” I had met him once before but when the game was over I had a chance to shake Johnny Unitas’s hand.
He told me “Peyton, you stay at it, I’m pulling for you.” Well, I have stayed at it, I’ve stayed at it for 18 years. And I hope that old number 19 is up there with his flat top and maybe his black high tops on. And I hope he knows that I have stayed at it and maybe he’s even a little proud of me.
Peyton Manning’s Top Rule #6: Love The Game
Interviewer: Because now it’s all about money, it’s all “let’s get out and play and make the millions,” because you don’t know what could happen in that final year.
“People take the money and go pro, but just growing up around college football I always loved the game, and my dad loved to play. He juts taught me to play for the love of the game” – Peyton Manning
Right, that’s kind of the norm now, people take the money and go pro, but just growing up around college football I always loved the game, and my dad loved to play. He juts taught me to play for the love of the game, and that’s really what I do. I like to play the game and I want to come back and play another year of college football.
David: Well good for you.
Peyton Manning’s Top Rule #7: Show Sportsmanship
Interviewer: And I told our editors Chris Stone and Paul Ficktenbaum a story about last year after one of the most crushing defeats of your career, right here in this stadium against the Baltimore Ravens, that you waited for about 15 minutes afterwards, with your wife and with your son for Ray Lewis to come out. Why’d you do that?
Well Ray Lewis has been the greatest defensive player that I’ve ever played against, and I knew that was going to be his last game and you just don’t cross paths with those players once they stop playing.
So it was definitely a disappointing night but I thought it was the appropriate thing to do to go over and pay respect to one of the greatest defensive players of all time and the best player of my era. And took the moment and I was glad that I did it.
I played the Ravens this year, it wasn’t the same not seeing number 52 over there, I haven’t seen him since that moment and realized that I won’t see him quite as often, so I guess that was an example of sportsmanship, it certainly wasn’t easy, I can promise you that. But I was glad that I did it because I thought he deserved my respects.
Peyton Manning’s Top Rule #8: Have No Regrets
“There were other players who were more talented, but there was no one who could out prepare me. And because of that I have no regrets.” – Peyton Manning
I look back on my NFL career, I know without a doubt that I gave everything I had to help my teams walk away with a win. There were other players who were more talented, but there was no one who could out prepare me. And because of that I have no regrets.
There’s a scripture reading, second Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight and I have finished “the race, I have kept the faith.” Well I have fought a good fight, I’ve finished my football race, and after 18 years it’s time. God bless all of you, and God bless football.
Peyton Manning’s Top Rule #9: Always Be Prepared
A hard hit or not, I don’t believe there’s any way to overprepare for your future. Have a formidable plan, have a backup plan, and have a back up to your backup plan. My preparation began by watching game tape of our team and competitors. It helps me put the pieces of the puzzle together.
Years ago I had a system put in my house where I could analyze every game, every competitor, without having to go into the team’s practice facility. So if you ask me how long do I watch game film to prepare, I couldn’t tell you because I never kept a clock.
I just watch until I feel ready, I watch and I prepare. I can actually get lost in the intense focus of figuring things out that other may never even look at.
If you really want to be a game changer out there, become a master observer. Just the willingness to stop and look at things that no one else has even bothered to look at, enables game changers to identify real points of meaning.
“I don’t believe there’s any way to overprepare for your future. Have a formidable plan, have a backup plan, and have a back up to your backup plan. My preparation began by watching game tape of our team and competitors. It helps me put the pieces of the puzzle together.” – Peyton Manning
The simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted, can be a source of great power and creativity.
I’m a naturally curious person, I want to know and thoroughly understand things. We learned and we observed, we’d pick up on clues, we figure things out, that is what preparation is all about.
Peyton Manning’s Top Rule #10: Make Next Level Plays
Reporter: Manning uses a rare form of Gaelic at the line of scrimmage.
Man: I mean we all speak regular Gaelic, but Peyton’s kind of into his own thing, you know? Takes me forever to translate it.
Reporter: How do you decipher any of it?
Man: Well he’s been sticking his hand up my butt for 11 years, so we’re pretty close.
Peyton: My brother Cooper actually is the one who taught me Gaelic. He’s really into it, he’s got a personalized license plate.
Reporter: What does it say “Mr. Gaelic” or something?
Why you making fun of my brother?
Peyton: This Gaelic stuff’s awesome but I like to mix it up every now and then. A lot of times I just say whatever comes to mind. Bacon bacon bacon! Hot sauce, hot sauce! Taco taco!
Man2: I don’t know what that means.
Peyton: Bacon bacon bacon!
Man 2: I don’t know what the guy’s talking about most of the time, I just run an out route and just hope he throws it to me.
Peyton: Chili chili chili!
Peyton: Taco, taco, taco! A lot of times Kenny, we have no idea what we’re doing but the defense doesn’t know that we don’t know what we’re doing, and that’s next level. Ice cream alert, 654 Jose! Okay, or nothing!
Reporter Two: Peyton Manning and the Colts, from the NFL’s most sophisticated offense. Each play can be called or changed at the line. That forces the Colt’s lineman to wait and wait until Peyton finally makes up his mind. I wonder if they ever think “just snap the damn ball!”
Check brown, Richmond, 96 double 96 double! Run a flare run a flare!
Mike: His goal’s not to get the perfect play, it’s to get out of a bad play. And more times than not they do that.
Announcer: Peyton drops, look, fire, touchdown making it rain!
It’s a ballet that drives people crazy, I just say “just snap the damn ball!” They’ll do it when they’re damn well pleased.
Peyton: It started way back I guess kind of around my second year with Tom Moore, we kind of just sat down and put some code words together and things that kind of made sense, but it has taken off from that. First right, shore locks, shore locks, shore locks! Richmond, Florida, Buffalo! 37 double! Louisville soul train, Louisville soul train! Purple, purple Buddha raiders! It’s not about trickery.
Purple Buddha raiders! But it does take constat communication because when you do change a pass play to a run, a run play to a pass play, it’s not easy as just, hey let’s throw it.
It’s I say something and then you tell the offensive line, they have an entirely different language that really nobody else understands. It’s unbelievable what these guys go through. Thinking about go ahead and block.
If you don’t have linemen that are smart, that can like I said, just comprehend it all with five seconds, make their calls, call east, west, slug, dumbo, you name it, these words that, you know what do these words come from, what other business requires using words like that?
Man 3: Bonanza, I mean that really doesn’t mean anything but could be a call that we use, I don’t know.
Man 4: Could be, maybe not, not sure.
Howard: It’s not so much the coach that needs to know what we’re talking about…
It’s the players that need to talk to one another:
So we leave a lot of their code words and calls and that sort of thing up to them. That means that you may have to do a scat right, 255, brip brip, scoop it.
Man 3: Hold on before you get in there, we have to call bogus on Howard Mudd saying he’s not invovled.
Howard: I said don’t talk, let me talk!
Man 4: I’m glad somebody spoke up.
That man is involved in every part of every call we will ever make.
51 made the play, you know why, because-
93 made the play, 51 made the-
That’s exactly what happened, I was right there!
They need to be smart and they need to be tough minded, tough minded in that they may only get a piece of the information or they didn’t get any of the information.
I remember in Kansas City in the playoff game, the left…
Neither of us knew the play and we couldn’t hear.
We just kind of ran out and it turned out great.
Announcer: Hughes goes off the left side, cuts it up the middle, and gets to the end zone! Touch down!
The way we talk about it is you have to hear. There’s not an option “I didn’t hear ya.” And if somebody doesn’t hear, I really feel responsible and so that’s why I always kind of go back for a second time, I go down the line just to make sure everybody knows what to do, because if one guy doesn’t hear, that guy misses the block and you have a bad play. Water or green light?
Green light, let’s go green light.
You can read through it in your play book as much as you want…
…but you’re not going to understand it until you’re out there on the field actually hearing it come out of the quarterback’s mouth.
Chin chin, point left, point left, 55!
Coach: There are times when he calls the real play and that changes it.
Good job, Japan, Japan, Japan! Japan Japan!
There are times when he calls a phony play. To extract a reaction before we call a real play.
Lop lop, buffalo, lop buffalo 14!
Then we have the fake play real play, and then change the real play. Sally 19, 19 Sally 19! 19 Sally!
I like that he’s changing the play, because when he’s changing the play the defense sees us looking at him or looking at Jeff or whoever, and they’re just as confused, I mean they don’t know when the ball’s going to be snapped, so a lot of times they kind of relax a little bit and wait for us to get done communicating.
They did a lot of guessing.
I mean they’re trying to guess what play we’re running. Listening to our calls, oh when they do this this is what they do.
When they’re behind his legs, he’s giving the finger first!
Yeah he’s giving them how many times he’s going to do it.
Tomas: When his leg goes down, that ball is coming.
If I were a defender, listening to our calls wouldn’t be one of the big things for me, because he’s just one of those guys that he’ll fake it or he does his little gymnastics back there and defenses bite. So the whole “listen to the words” hasn’t worked yet.
Fly left, fly left, hippies mic, fly left!
Really we don’t get to see a lot of of him because he’s orchestrating behind us.
Behind the buffalo, hind to buffalo.
But we hear from other people like family or friends, like “what is that!?”
Apple apple inside, 54 54 54!
I think about quarterbacks, their defining legacy…
You think about Dan Marino, it’s just the quick release. From Ellway it’s the sprint right throw back across the left. Montana, it’s the classic throwing motion and the two minute drives. For me I think it’s going to be this, picking my nose, ear, you know, this, all these different things that I do. I don’t know if I want that to be my legacy but that is what we have to do and you’re constantly having to do something, either tell the center something, throw the tight ends, tell the receiver, tell the backs. It’s what is required of the quarterback to get things communicated.
Mike: It’s an amazing compilation of people and schemes and it works.
People say “just stamp the damn ball”:
But again if you look at the traffic since Peyton’s been there, it’s been a great orchestration that’s worked.
Reporter Two: Because the Colts can be more reactive at the line than other teams, they take fewer risks and score more touch downs, and perhaps that will be the legacy of Peyton Manning and his offensive line.
Announcer Two: Boy the Colts are looking tremendous, protection was excellent.
Evan: Thank you guys so much for watching, I hope you enjoyed. I made this video because Arturo Menja asked me to.
So if there’s a famous entrepreneur that you want me to profile next, leave it down in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do.
I’d also love to know, what did you learn from Peyton today, what was your favorite clip, what message was most meaningful to you, what are you going to apply to your business, leave it in the comments below and I’m going to join in the discussion.
Finally, I want to give a quick shout out to Ben Stucke, Ben thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book. It really really really means a lot to me.
So thank you guys again for watching, I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourselves. And whatever your one word is, much love, I’ll see you soon.
Go One Step At A Time
I thought it was very interesting when I saw you here at training camp this summer, one of the things I said to you, I asked you a question, what do you think you’ll be doing in 15 years? And you wouldn’t answer the question, and I thought it was so interesting. Why wouldn’t you answer that question?
Well I think maybe had you asked me two years ago I might have had more of an idea but like I said, these past two years have truly changed my life, and so I’m really at a new place and kind of in the second chapter of my football career, and I’m taking that chapter one page at a time, and so it feels so good to be back out on the field playing this great game, and I realized after that injury, I think I always have realized this, but it was certainly reinforced that next year certainly is not promised, so I am all in for 2013 and I’m certainly enjoying this year.
♫ Crawfish shorts I like your style ♫ Hooked it just a little bit ♫ Don’t open that cellar door ♫ Epic comeback starts right here Lucky shot.
Narrator: He wore the number 18 but he is the number one in all time passing yards. The number one in all passing touch downs. And the number one in-
♫ This smoke machine is really cool
Narrator: Yeah it’s pretty great.
Can I get some more smoke? Perfect.
Shall we say grace? Heavenly Father.
Narrator Two: She had the perfect family. An adoring husband.
Why you smiling?
I don’t know, I’m just happy.
Narrator Two: And an ideal life. But she also had a dark secret. She liked to collect… Football players.
Do you have any place to stay tonight?
Yes I have a place to stay.
Don’t you dare lie to me.
Lady I’m not lying, I’m Peyton Manning I own a couple of homes.
Fine, but only because you’re freaking me out.
Narrator Two: Now this quarterback…
Oh and Sean says all the pro athletes use futons if they don’t find a bed big enough. I got you something nicer.
Narrator Two: Is in a game of life and death.
I never had one before.
What, a room to yourself?
No, a crazy lady holding me against my will.
Well, you have one now.
Narrator Two: Starring academy award winner Sandra Bullock. Mike?
Eli, this is serious.
Narrator Two: And four time NFL MVP Peyton Manning.
This crazy lady is holding me prisoner in her house.
She keeps calling me “big Mike!” Stop laughing, it’s not funny.
Narrator Two: Was she crazy about football or just crazy?
That’s another thing, we need to find more about his past.
But he won’t talk about it, he’s like an onion you have to peel him back a layer at a time
Not if you use a knife.
Narrator Two: She wouldn’t let anyone get in her way.
Michael needs a B, what does he have to do to deserve that?
Keep the fun alive.
First of all his name’s not Michael and he is very clearly NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, that would be him. And second of all I can’t give him a B because of how badly he’s doing in class. Let me read you his essay about a tale of two cities. “Help, please help me, call the police, I’m Peyton “Manning and I’ve been kidnapped by the lady from Speed.”
Then that’s it, we’re sunk.
We’re sunk, no you’re sunk. Because you see I’ve contacted the authorities and they’re, oh my God you’ve poisoned my coffee.
Narrator Two: See the film Archie Manning called “terrifying.” Tony Dungy says “it’s spine tingling.” And Bill Belichick raves “it’s hilarious.”
We want to know if you would like to become part of this family.
Let me ask your kids something, did she kidnap you as well? And if I say no something terrible’s going to happen to me? So I guess my best bet is to just pretend I’m a teenager even though I’m 34. Fine, I’m in. Let’s do it. You okay kid? Everything okay in there?
Narrator Two: The dark side.
How’s he doing.
Hasn’t quite gotten the hang of it yet.
That’s because I’m playing offensive line, I’m a quarterback! Sorry Mama.
Narrator Two: In theaters never.
Hey, you’re Peyton Manning.
No my name is Michael, Michael.
Narrator Two: The Dark Side.
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