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Peyton Manning says he's happy to see Bo Nix in Denver: "Great fit for him"

Peyton Manning reflects on being given Mizel Institute’s 2024 Community Enrichment Award
Peyton Manning reflects on being given Mizel Institute’s 2024 Community Enrichment Award 07:49

Hall of Famer Peyton Manning accepted the Mizel Institute's 2024 Community Enrichment Award on Wednesday night in Denver, and before that he spoke to reporters about several different topics. He was asked his feelings about the Denver Broncos drafting quarterback Bo Nix in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Peyton Manning awarded the 2024 Community Enrichment Award by the Mizel Institute.
Larry A. Mizel, left, Gov. Jared Polis, right, and former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Manning knows Nix from when he took part in the Manning Passing Academy during his time playing for Auburn.

"He and I stayed in touch. He actually won the National Football Foundation scholar athlete award this year, which I won when I was in college," Manning said. "So I was there at the banquet and got a picture with Bo."

Manning said he is happy to see that Nix is going to be in the quarterback room for the Denver Broncos and playing with head coach Sean Payton.

"I think it's a great fit for him, and I can tell how excited Sean is to have Bo here," he said.

In addition to Nix, the Broncos also have QBs Jarrett Stidham and Zach Wilson on their roster.

Denver Broncos Rookie Minicamp
Quarterback Bo Nix of the Denver Broncos throws during Denver Broncos Rookie Minicamp at Centura Health Training Center on May 11. Matthew Stockman / Getty Images

"They've got great competition over there. ... That's always good, makes everybody better. And so I think the quarterback position is in good shape. And I think Sean's system is extremely quarterback friendly."

"I never played in it, but played against it and watched it and know the success that Drew Brees had and Tony Romo had. It's the kind of system that I'd like to play in."

Manning is looking forward to watching Nix on the field -- whether that happens in Week 1, sometime during the regular season, or next season.

"Being out there on the field, you just learn more things than sitting on the sideline," he said. "Any quarterback will tell you that. When that happens for Bo and these quarterbacks. I do think experience is your best teacher."

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