For a guy who makes his living as a jock, Peyton Manning sure has become accustomed to wearing a suit and tie. The Broncos quarterback was the keynote speaker Wednesday morning at the Boy Scouts of America breakfast at the Pepsi Center. After his 13-minute speech during which he mixed in humorous anecdotes with a life's message about becoming a charitable game-changer, Manning was off to Stillwater, Okla., for another speaking engagement Wednesday night at Oklahoma State University. He is scheduled to be back in Denver for the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame dinner Thursday night when his good friend and former University of Tennessee quarterback mate, Todd Helton, will be inducted as tribute to his baseball career with the Rockies. Manning, as a national sports celebrity, is used to getting pulled by organizations across the country. The banquet tour has been especially busy this offseason, though, after he won his NFL-record fifth MVP award in 2013 and helped the Broncos reach their seventh Super Bowl. Only Manning wasn't asked about his MVP accomplishment as he met a large local media throng before his Boy Scout speech. For all his public speaking, this was the first time Manning addressed the media since his postgame Super Bowl XLVIII news conference on the evening of Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Given 2½ months to mask his emotional beating, Manning was less agitated while discussing the Broncos' brutal 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, and no less determined to make amends.
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