For athletes who are interested in learning how to throw a football, one of the professional quarterbacks that you should watch is Peyton Manning. Manning, who is the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos, is considered one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Therefore, athletes should model their throwing after how he throws a football.
Based on my personal knowledge of Peyton Manning and playing the sport for years, I have created this article on how to throw a football like Peyton Manning.
Know how to grip the laces of a football
The first important part about throwing a football is knowing where to grip the ball. Regardless of which hand you feel most comfortable throwing with, you should grip the second lace and the fifth lace with your ring finger and pinkie, respectively. When you are playing football, make sure to locate your hand on the laces. It is also important to have some space between the ball and your hand.
That is how Peyton Manning usually grips a football. Also, when Jeff Saturday was his center, when both were members of the Indianapolis Colts, Manning would do his best to not catch the ball awkwardly from his teammate. Knowing how to grip the laces of a football has helped Manning throughout his career.
How to position the football when throwing
Another helpful note is you should raise the football above your shoulder. Unlike throwing a baseball, you should take the football back across the top of your chest before releasing. It is important to be in a comfortable physical stance before throwing. If you feel as if your hand is too loose, the throw might result in an interception or an incompletion.
Throughout most of Peyton Manning’s career, he has made intelligent decisions as a quarterback. He does not force any pass to a wide receiver; instead, he knows when and where to direct it. Also, Manning has a relaxed physical passing motion. He has a comfortable pocket presence, and this has come from years of experience. In fact, when Manning began his NFL career, he struggled at times throwing the football, which resulted in a low quarterback rating.
Last tips for throwing a football like Peyton Manning
Lastly, you want the football to have a nice spin after releasing it. You should not worry about your passing accuracy or how far you can throw. These skills will develop with practice.
Dan Wetzel, “How Peyton Manning’s journey to Super Bowl XLVIII began with a throw to his dad,” Yahoo! Sports.
Sam Borden, “Secrets of a Great Spiral: The Grip and the Release,” The New York Times.