Peyton Manning earns high praise

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was ranked the No. 2 player in the league by the NFL Network. Minnesota running back Adrian Petersonwas the No. 1 player in the league, as voted by current players. Peterson beat out Manning for the league MVP after the season.Our annual AFC West top players rankings — complied by a voting panel consisting of me — will be revealed in the near future. I have a feeling Manning will be high on that list, too.

In other AFC West notes:

New Oakland punter — and colorful personality — Chris Kluwe was a guest on the Conan O’Brien Show on Thursday.

In an Insider piece, Gary Horton looks at the scheme changes Insider the San Diego Chargers are undergoing now under a new regime.

Saturday is the 30th anniversary of the death of Kansas City star running back Joe Delany. He died while trying to save three drowning children. Delaney, then 24 years old, and two of the children died. Delaney was a true American hero. I have mentioned his unbelievably selfless act every summer I’ve written this blog. It’s the least I can do.

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