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The Super Bowl champion and NFL-record four-time MVP made an auspicious debut for the Broncos on Sept. 9. Manning led the team to a 31-19 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers with a performance that pleased just about every football fan who roots for good players to do well. Even a family farm 50 miles from Denver in La Salle, CO wants to pay tribute to the new QB by installing a Peyton Manning corn maze.
Manning’s promising return to action in a new city has caused a fair share of hoopla. Ratings for the season debut broke a 16-year record for a regular-season NFL game. And, according to the Denver Post, this week’s West Coast edition of Sports Illustrated will carry the understated pitchman’s photo as well as a profile piece.
The Indianapolis Colts were forced to cut loose their 14-year veteran leader earlier this year for bonus and salary considerations. That meant Manning, after four neck surgeries to repair what some feared was a career-ending injury, left behind the city where he turned the Colts into perennial playoff contenders.
In his move to Denver this spring after a whirlwind tour of NFL teams competing for his services, Manning had to rely on the kindness of others … and boy were they kind. Manning shacked up temporarily in the home of Mike Shanahan, the former Denver coach who’s now heading the Washington Redskins.
It’s a wonder why Manning would ever want to leave Shanahan’s mansion — a 35,000-square-foot sprawler freshly built in the exclusive Cherry Hills Village enclave outside Denver. Shanahan built the behemoth after he was told he’d be Denver’s coach for life. But then he was fired in 2009, sending him to the broadcast booth and, finally, D.C.
Still, despite the cross-country trek, Shanahan — who sold another one of his homes (pictured here, courtesy of Luxist) at 20 Cherry Hills Park Dr, Englewood, CO 80113 for $ 7 million in 2010 — has kept the sprawling mansion he famously had custom built. Lucky for Manning that Shanahan had a bowling alley, kids’ arcade and conservatory built into the place.
In true Manning style, though, he did not overstay his welcome. In July, Manning found a “modest” place of his own. He and his family are settled into an 11,000-square-foot Georgian estate that sits on 3.37 acres in the same Englewood neighborhood.
Manning’s new crib includes 6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and a gourmet kitchen with slab granite countertops, custom cabinetry, top-of-the-line appliances, walk-in pantry and informal eating area.
The main-floor master suite features a fireplace, bath with radiant heated floor, wet bar/refrigerator and two walk-in closets with custom built-ins.
Additional perks include a “safe” room, gun room, AMX computer home manager system with LCD screens throughout the home, dog room with indoor/outdoor heated kennel, and an oversized 7-car heated garage. Outdoor amenities include manicured grounds with mature trees and gardens, and a patio with built-in grill.
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