Manning Plants Roots, Broncos Blossom

Manning Plants Roots, Broncos Blossom

Some years ago, when he was the offensive coordinator at the University of Florida, Larry Fedora went on vacation with his wife to Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Fedora, the currrent head coach at North Carolina, ventured out to the golf course, and there on the practice tees saw an aged, white-haired figure he thought he recognized. It was Tom Moore, then the Colts offensive coordinator and something of a legend among the coaching cognoscenti. "I asked if he was going to play," Fedora recalled. "He was, and I asked him if I could ride the round with him." For an up-and-coming coach like Fedora, golfing with Moore — who not only was the man behind the scenes of the record-breaking Colts offense but also a longtime NFL assistant, including during the Super Bowl years in Pittsburgh under Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll — was like a scene out of Almost Famous. Fedora was in heaven. "I rode 18 holes with Tom Moore."

The two of them mostly talked about the kinds of things football coaches talk about away from the game, but the young coach worked up the courage to ask one real football question: When the chips are down, and you absolutely have to get a first down, what plays do you call? Moore's response was unexpected, in that he said there was only one choice. "He told me the play was so simple that I would not believe it," said Fedora. "He said it was Peyton Manning's favorite play."

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