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A year ago, it would have been hard to imagine the Broncos without Tim Tebow or their fans embracing any other quarterback. Peyton Manning is the rare exception because, well, he's an exceptional talent, even at 36 years old and after four neck surgeries. He's led Denver to an 11-3 record and the AFC's No. 2 seed, which means a first-round playoff bye.
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But first things first: Manning, whom you might know as the proud owner of 21 Denver-area Papa John's franchises, also will be the kindly voice welcoming you to the Denver International Airport this holiday season.
Mayor Michael Hancock usually handles the task of greeting passengers on the train cars passing through the airport, but he happily passed the mic to Manning for the next few weeks.
"For the holidays, I am handing off this very important duty of greeting visitors to our great city to someone known for the best audibles in the business," Hancock said via the Denver Post. "Peyton Manning earned this call by going long in his efforts to take the Broncos to another AFC West championship."
The message? "Welcome to the Mile High City. This is quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season."
Oddly, no audibles.
Either way, Manning joins a long list of local celebrities to share the honor. Mayors, newscasters, John Elway -- pretty much everybody but Tebow -- have greeted airport travelers at one time or another.
If you're into such things, Manning will be wishing you a happy holiday season through Jan. 2. Plan your layovers in Denver accordingly.
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