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Report: All players named in Al Jazeera PED story, including Peyton Manning, to be interviewed by NFL 06.27.16 at 12:57 pm ET
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All of the players who were named in Al Jazeera’s PED documentary — including former Denver quarterback Peyton Manning — will be interviewed by the league, according to Pro Football Talk.

Initially, a report last week indicated that Green Bay’s Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews and Pittbsurgh’s James Harrison would be asked about last year’s story. However, PFT reported Monday that all the players named in the report, including Manning, will be interviewed.

A report last week did reveal that the league continues to look into Manning’s potential involvement.

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Report: 3 NFL players mentioned in Al-Jazeera PED report will be questioned by league next month, probe into Peyton Manning ‘progressing’ 06.24.16 at 1:27 pm ET
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The NFL will interview three players named in an Al-Jazeera America report linking them to performance enhancers and other drugs before the start of training camp next month, according to USA Today.

According to this report, Green Bay’s Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews and Pittsburgh’s James Harrison will be scheduled for interviews the day camps open regarding the story from last year regarding potential PED use.

The news came via a letter from Adolpho Birch, the league’s senior vice president of labor policy and league affairs, to NFL counsel Heather McPhee.

The letter did not mention Peyton Manning, who was the most prominent name mentioned in the initial report. However, USA Today says the probe into Manning “is also progressing,” according to a source.

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By the numbers: Tom Brady poised to climb several all-time statistical lists in 2016 06.23.16 at 11:17 am ET
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Tom Brady can climb several all-time statistical lists in 2016. (Winslow Townson/USA Today)

Tom Brady can climb several all-time statistical lists in 2016. (Winslow Townson/USA Today)

When it comes to covering the NFL, one of the greatest single resources is the statistical database at Pro Football Reference. And with a free hour, we decided to take a look at where Tom Brady currently stands — at least statistically — when it comes to measuring his individual numbers against some of the best in the game, and where he might end up before it’s all said and done.

Career passing yards — 58,028, fifth overall
Brady (58,028) and Drew Brees (60,903 yards, fourth overall) should both pass Dan Marino (61,361, third overall) sometime this season. If he stays healthy, it seems likely Brady is ticketed for fourth all-time behind Peyton Manning (71,940), Brett Favre (71,838) and Brees, but could surpass the Saints’ signal-caller.

Career passing touchdowns — 428, tied for third overall with Brees
Brees and Brady both passed Marino last season, and while it all depends on how long they can play, both have a shot at passing Favre (508, second overall) within the next two or three years. Manning retired at the top of the heap with 539. Not unreachable, but it would take at  one more extraordinary season for either Brees or Brady to jump start that conversation.

Career passes completed — 4,953, fifth overall
Again, Brady, Marino (4,967, fourth overall) and Brees (5,365, third overall) are all in the same neighborhood. Brady should pass Marino to move into the fourth spot this season. Favre (6,300, first overall) and Manning (6,125, second overall) are way ahead of the rest of the pack.

Career passing attempts — 7,792, fifth overall
Brady will probably remain fifth overall for the next year-plus, as Brees (8,085, fourth) should continue to move in lockstep ahead of him, provided both remain healthy. Favre (10,169), Manning (9,380) and Marino (8,358) are the top three.

Career interceptions — 150, 55th overall
Brady is in the same neighborhood as a few of his contemporaries, including Carson Palmer (166, 45th overall), Ben Roethlisberger (147, 59th overall) and Philip Rivers (135, 72nd overall). By way of comparison, Brady has fewer pass attempts, but also has fewer career picks than Brees (205, 24th overall), Manning (251, ninth overall) and Favre (336, first overall).

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NFL will reportedly speak with players named in Al Jazeera story next month 05.27.16 at 12:38 pm ET
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NFL officials have confirmed to NFL Media that they plan to speak with the players who were linked to performance-enhancing drugs via a report from Al Jazeera last December.

Peyton Manning, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Neal were among those named in the story.

“We have been working with U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and Major League Baseball since these allegations were raised,” NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. “Working with the NFL Players Association, we expect to talk directly to the players sometime next month.”

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Peyton Manning visits Dolphins with an eye toward giving boost to Patriots’ division rivals 05.09.16 at 9:30 pm ET
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Peyton Manning visited the Dolphins to offer some advice to Miami QB Ryan Tannehill. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)

Peyton Manning visited the Dolphins to offer some advice to Miami QB Ryan Tannehill. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)

Even in retirement, Peyton Manning is doing his best to try and beat the Patriots.

According to a report in the Miami Herald, the former New England nemesis (it feels so weird to add that as a prefix for Manning) recently paid a visit to the Dolphins’ facility to spend some time with Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill hasn’t had a chance to sit and meet with new Dolphins coach Adam Gase at this point on the calendar and talk about the system. But the fact that Manning played with Gase when he was OC in Denver for two seasons should give Tannehill a good sense of what he might be in for.

“It was really cool,” Tannehill said of he experience to sit down with Manning. “A guy that had his career, the living legend he is, coming off a Super Bowl winning season — it was really cool just to be able to sit and pick his brain about things he’s done in this offense and football things in general: snap counts, things you like, the way you want guys to run routes, little details about the game. We really just got to talk the game, which is something we both love.”

No word yet if Manning had cleared time in his schedule to talk with quarterbacks in Buffalo or North Jersey as of yet.

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Peyton Manning cursing at Donald Brown is one of our favorite NFL highlights of the last 20 years 03.16.16 at 4:06 pm ET
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The Patriots acquired free agent running back Donald Brown Wednesday afternoon, and while Brown has managed to carve out a decent career since arriving in the NFL out of UConn, our favorite Brown memory involves him getting cursed out by former teammate Peyton Manning in the middle of a play when the two were together a few years ago in Indy.

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Ty Law on Peyton Manning: ‘He went out the right way’ 03.08.16 at 1:18 pm ET
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Ty Law was always on point when he faced Peyton Manning.  (Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images for Red Bull)

Ty Law was always on point when he faced Peyton Manning. (Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images for Red Bull)

Few cornerbacks achieved a consistent level of success against Peyton Manning like Ty Law.

The former Patriot got the better of Manning on several occasions — his nine career picks of the veteran quarterback were the most for any defender against Manning. With the news of Manning’s retirement, Law expressed respect and admiration for the way the former Colt and Bronco conducted himself over the course of his career.

“It’s a wonderful position to be in, I think he went out the right way, with a Super Bowl championship, like Ray Lewis,” Law told Joe McDonald of ESPN. “What better way to walk away from the game than winning the Super Bowl? Was he MVP? No. But dammit, he was the quarterback who led the team to a championship, and he got to beat the nemesis, Tom Brady, in the game to get to the Super Bowl. Storybook career. Congratulations to him.

“I’m always going to look at him with admiration and respect. He helped push my game. When I played against him, if you played well, you got some kudos. I’m playing against the great Peyton Manning, and another Hall of Fame receiver in Marvin Harrison, who got his just due this year. I had to play hard. To go at it with those guys in significant games, it meant everything to me. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

Law said there are a lot of similarities between Manning and Tom Brady.

“I think people really didn’t understand how cool of a guy that Peyton was,” Law told McDonald. “Just what you see on those commercials; for me, playing against him, I loved seeing that side of Peyton. Being down there, playing against him, and in Pro Bowls with him, sitting down in the bar and having a beer, he’s a real down-to-earth guy. Similar to Tom Brady.

“They could have acted like they were bigger than the game; if anybody had the right to act like the typical stereotype for, ‘I’m the quarterback and everybody else (is below me)’, they could have done it, but they didn’t. So that is what impresses me about Peyton more than anything, his humility.”

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