To become Super Bowl champions, the Broncos need to learn one more thing from quarterback Peyton Manning:


While Denver has established the talent base of a legitimate contender, the Broncos must approach next season as if it is their last, best shot to win the NFL title.

"I think you've got to play every year as if it's going to be your last," Manning told me Wednesday. "It's the only way to do it. It gives you a sense of urgency. And it's the smart approach. I've never been a big believer in the idea of 'We're going to put this play in to use two years from now.' Let's do it now."

Manning walks into Pro Bowl headquarters as if he owns the joint, cracks jokes at the expense of all-star teammates with the timing of a "Saturday Night Live" veteran and matches young rival Andrew Luck spiral for spiral during AFC practice. But, after a season of watching Manning work, maybe the most startling aspect of this great NFL quarterback is the fear that drives him.

There's the fear of being unprepared. There's the fear to take a breather between seasons, while competitors sweat to improve. There's the fear born from the realization any football player is guaranteed nothing beyond the next snap.

Here's a warning to the rest of the NFL: Manning was the No. 1 quarterback in the league without being at his best in 2012.

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