It's Year 2 in Stage 2 of Peyton Manning's career. The future Hall of Famer just torched defenses for 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards passing, both single-season records.
But if you hit the rewind button and go back to Year 2 of his career, that's when Manning essentially put the NFL on notice.
"The second year we instituted the no-huddle and it was like ‘oh, this is really scary,'" Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told ABC15 Sports this week.
From 1998 – 2000, Arians served as the Colts' quarterbacks coach. When he watches the Super Bowl, let's just say he'll have more insight than most into what makes Peyton Manning so productive.
"He is so cerebral. But then he can think and work and prepare like no one I've ever seen. I used to call him ‘The Piranha' when I coached him," Arians recalled.
"But it doesn't slow him down. He doesn't get paralysis through analysis. It just helps him be so sharp because he changes the play so many times at the line of scrimmage."
In fact, prior to the snap, when Manning is barking out signals like "Omaha" with the play clock winding down, it's most definitely not for show.
"He's gotten to the point where he can change a play at three seconds and get to the best one," said Arians.
Remember how this season started? When Manning tossed a record-tying seven touchdown passes in a victory over the reigning champion Baltimore Ravens.
Well, if the Broncos eclipse the Seahawks on Super Sunday, it'll make for quite an ending. Manning will become the first starting quarterback to lead two franchises to Super Bowl titles.
"I've been being asked about my legacy since I was about 25 years old. I'm not sure you can have a legacy when you're 25 years old. Even 37," Manning said. "I'd like to have to be, like, 70 to have a legacy. I'm not even 100 percent sure what the word even means."