Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning confirmed Tuesday during the Super Bowl Media Day in New Jersey that he called the Detroit Lions during their coaching search to endorse Jim Caldwell.

Caldwell, who was named the Lions' new coach two weeks ago, became his quarterbacks coach with the Indianapolis Colts in 2002, Manning's fifth year in the NFL.

Caldwell went on to be the Colts' head coach from 2009-11, the last being the year that Manning missed because of neck surgery before signing with the Broncos.

"Jim Caldwell has meant a great deal to me in my career," Manning said during the news conference to set up Sunday's championship game against the Seattle Seahawks. "I felt like once he got to Indianapolis and became my quarterbacks coach that my game really improved. I felt like it took a step up and I thought Jim had a great deal to do with that.