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Rockies backed up Mannings

Posted on: September 17, 2010 8:53 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:54 am
Todd Helton Apparently the Rockies have a thing for quarterbacks.

The New York Times ' Billy Witz has an interesting angle on this weekend's matchup of the Mannings in the NFL: the Rockies have backups to Peyton Manning and Eli Manning on their roster. Todd Helton backed up the elder Manning at Tennessee and Seth Smith was behind Eli at Ole Miss.

In addition to those two, the Rockies drafted Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker in the first round of June's draft and North Carolina State QB Russell Wilson in the fourth round.

Assistant general manager Bill Geivett said the team isn't targeting quarterbacks, but does find QBs usually have leadership qualities and intelligence, two things they certainly don't mind.

"Especially with all the offensive schemes you've got to learn now," Geivett said. "All that being said, you better hit."

While Parker and Wilson are starting for their teams, Helton played in four games before Peyton Manning took over and Smith never got into a game as a quarterback, but did play as a receiver.

"Being around guys like that made it an easy decision," Helton said of choosing baseball over football.

Anyway, go ahead and read the whole article, it's pretty interesting.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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