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Manning crushes: Ten reasons straight men might go gay for Peyton Manning

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Number 4: He's gracious

Instead of rising to the bait when Colts owner Jim Irsay made negative implications about his ability to win the big one prior to the Broncos' visit to Indy this season, Manning simply talked in the most glowing terms about his time in the city, and the fans -- male and female alike -- loved him for it.

Number 3: He never says die

After multiple neck surgeries, Manning would have been forgiven for walking away from football and into what's sure to be a lucrative post-sports life. But no: He made a comeback for the ages, and handled the adulation that greeted him with modesty and the sort of aw-shucks charms plenty of men wish they could muster.

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