Peyton Manning will be on the cover of Sports Illustrated

Manning helped Broncos Beat Steelers 31-19

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -  

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will be on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week.

 

According to the Denver Post, Sports Illustrated will have two different covers, one with Manning primarily on the west coast and the other with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III on the east coast.

 

Manning, 36, was the football story in the offseason after he was released from the Indianapolis Colts after spending 14 seasons with the team.

 

Despite Manning’s four neck surgeries, many teams were vying for his services for the upcoming season. In March, he chose the throw the pigskin for the Denver Broncos signing a five-year, $96 million deal.

 

Questions lingered on if Manning’s neck would be able to withstand a solid hit from defenders. Also, many wondered if Manning would play at the same level that earned him four NFL Most Valuable Player Awards.

 

Manning answered all those questions with his performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the game, the 15-year veteran went 19 for 26 throwing for 253 yards and two touchdowns, including his 400th career touchdown pass on a 71-yard catch-and-run by Demayrius Thomas.

 

Last season, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow graced the cover of Sports Illustrated twice in three weeks.

 

The Broncos (1-0) travel south to face the Atlanta Falcons (1-0) on "Monday Night Football" at 6:30 p.m.