Peyton Manning is notorious for being a meticulous game planner, studying film into the wee hours of the night and springing pop quizzes on teamates about offensive plans at random moments.
So in case you missed it, here's a bizarre photo of Manning soaking his foot in a hot tub while wearing a helmet and going over plays on his trusty ole' iPad. The video first surfaced in early December and went viral. But on the off chance you missed it, behold Manning + iPad in all their helmeted glory.
As for the backstory to the photo, the official Denver Broncos website helps us fill in the blanks.
Earlier this season, Manning and tight end Julius Thomas found themselves in the training room instead of practice on a Wednesday.
Not wanting to miss out on mental reps, Manning took matters into his own hands.
With his injured ankle in the cold tub, the quarterback kept his helmet on to listen to the play calls from Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase, who was on the practice field. Simultaneously, he watched game tape on his iPad.
"He heard the calls, he'd repeat them to Julius and they were kind of – it was a way for them to take two hours and stay in the game plan," explained Gase, who laughed that he couldn't believe the photo made it onto CBS' broadcast last week.
It might be the definition of multitasking.
And also, the definition of dedication.
Incidentally, the Broncos began replacing their paper-based playbooks (which could sometimes be over 500 pages long) with the iPad ahead of the 2012 season. In addition to containing all of the team's pertinent plays, it also houses video footage and scouting information of oppising teams and players.