"I certainly don't think I would have had to wear the glove had I not been injured last (season)," Manning said. "It's part of my injury, some things that I've had to adjust."
Winter has set in along the Front Range. While there are far more mild spurts in Colorado's winter than the rest of the nation realizes, the temperature for the Broncos' AFC divisional playoff game Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens at Sports Authority Field at Mile High is forecast to be 18 degrees at the 2:30 p.m. kickoff.
The Glove is not only about what it does for Manning's grip, but what the weather does to the ball.
They go hand in hand.
The colder the weather, the harder and slicker the football. Meanwhile, the most lasting residual effect from Manning's neck surgeries has been the nerve regeneration in the grip of his right throwing hand. In the past, even before the injury, Manning wasn't always at his best in cold weather. Before his injury, he was 1-3 in postseason games played in cold-weather stadiums at New England (0-2), Baltimore (1-0) and the New York Jets (0-1).
But with the temperature in the 30s for the Broncos' final regular-season game two weeks ago against Kansas City, Manning and The Glove threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns.
The Glove could well be a game changer for Manning.