The Season 3 premiere of “60 Minutes Sports,” which airs at 10 p.m. on Showtime, will spotlight Duke football coach David Cutcliffe and his role in quarterback Peyton Manning’s rehab after a series of surgeries on Peyton’s neck and spine.
In the piece from correspondent Jack Ford, Manning credits Cutcliffe’s secret training with saving his career. Ford also talks to Peyton’s brother, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
The story will contain rare footage from the workout sessions with Peyton Manning at Duke and an interview with Peyton in which he reveals more details about the rehab.
Here’s more from the Showtime press release:
Throughout their NFL careers, Peyton and Eli, the New York Giants’ quarterback, have been privately coached by Cutcliffe – a relationship that goes back to their college days when the brothers both had him as a coach. The private mini-camps Cutcliffe has run for them at Duke for several years took on a crucial role after Peyton’s nerve injury in 2012. Ford’s story contains rare footage of those sessions along with Peyton’s most detailed comments about how Cutcliffe’s training enabled him to take the Broncos to the Super Bowl and be the NFL’s MVP again. “I’ll be indebted to him forever,” says Peyton.
If anyone was ready for the challenge, it was Cutcliffe. As Ford reports, at the same time he worked behind the scenes with Peyton Manning, he was in the midst of performing a miracle turnaround of the Blue Devil football team. Duke had just one victory in the two years before he arrived as head coach in 2008; today they’re an emerging Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse with 10 wins last season. No Duke football team had ever won that many games. Cutcliffe was the consensus college 2013 “Coach of the Year.”