DENVER (AP) At some point in every great athlete’s career, he or she must deal with the reality that the best days are in the past.Peyton Manning has reached that point.Aaron Rodgers isn’t there yet.While some view Sunday’s game as a rare chance to compare and contrast two great quarterbacks at different points on their career arcs, the quarterbacks themselves prefer to focus on the task at hand: Green Bay vs. Denver, each looking to improve to 7-0.Neither is blind to the fact, however, that they have always been judged as thoroughly and harshly as anyone when they take the field – with everything from age, to arm strength, to decision-making among the factors being evaluated.”You’ve got to continue to play at a high level,” said Rodgers, now in his 11th season and, like Manning, still in search of his second Super Bowl ring. ”If you’re an ascending player, you’ve got to stay on the rise. If you’re near the end, you’ve got to avoid being a descending player.”Manning, now 39 and in his 18th season, has struggled mightily to avoid looking like a player in decline. For all his difficulties – when asked about his stat line of seven… Read full this story
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