The Squeeze: Countdown, Ball and trophies

Good morning, #BroncosCountry -

We hope you're enjoying this sunny Thursday! Here are three things to get caught up on.

1. Manning No. 1 reason to get excited for football

Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke ranked the top 50 reasons to get excited for the 2015 NFL season -- and quarterback Peyton Manning was the No. 1 reason.

"Regardless of what happens in 2015—or if he goes on to play in '16—Manning has stated his case for the honor of best quarterback in NFL history," Burke wrote. "He already holds the record for most career touchdown passes (530), and this season should pass Brett Favre for the passing-yardage mark."

2. Throwback Thursday

Running back Montee Ball looked back at his old Wisconsin days when he and the Badgers claimed the Big Ten title.

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