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Peyton Manning says he's not 100 percent after 2011 neck surgery

Peyton Manning, David Letterman Peyton Manning and David Letterman prepares to throw footballs at cabs in NYC. (Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images)

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning says that he isn't 100 percent recovered from neck surgery, even though he broke several NFL records last season.

Manning appeared on the "Late Show with David Letterman" on Monday and discussed the effects of having spinal fusion surgery, which caused him to miss the entire 2011 season.

"I'm not at 100 percent compared to what I was before my surgery. But I have made strides each season," Manning said. "And this year felt a lot better than I did the year before. These nerves just go at their own pace. It's not like it's going to have this immediate recovery one day. I had a lot of people who had nerve damage and told me any day you wake up and that's going to be the day."

Manning threw for an NFL record 5,477 passing yards and 55 touchdowns last season, winning his fifth NFL Most Valuable Player award.

"You talk about waking up excited every morning at 7 am and then being depressed at noon … because today's not the day," Manning said.

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