Manning brothers, Broncos receivers hoop it up at Duke

Peyton and Eli Manning joined the Broncos' Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas for some hoops time at Duke University on Wednesday.

julius_thomas via Instagram

Given their five-year age gap, basketball was the one-on-one sport of choice for NFL quarterback brothers Peyton and Eli Manning growing up, and it seems they haven’t lost all interest in the sport. With both brothers and most of the Denver Broncos’ receiving corps in Durham, N.C., to attend Peyton’s third-annual, exclusive passing camp held at Duke University — where his college offensive coordinator, David Cutcliffe, is now winning games as the Blue Devils’ head coach — the group took time away from running routes to hit the court.

Accompanied by Broncos standouts Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas, who played four years of college basketball at Portland State, along with Emmanuel Sanders and Andre Caldwell, the Brothers Manning posed for a pad-less picture with Cutcliffe and the all-time winningest coach in Division I men’s basketball history, Mike Krzyzewski. Here’s the photo evidence via Thomas’ Instagram, complete with multiple players sporting Duke gear and Peyton in his traditional Tennessee orange:

(Important note: There are no reports on if the two brothers played any one-on-one this around, nor was there an official score or statsheet available.)

Speaking of Coach K, these types of run-ins are becoming routine. Not only is he running into the likes of Beyonce and coaching Team USA stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant when he’s not pacing the Blue Devils’ sidelines, but, thanks largely to his football coaching counterpart in Durham, he’s sharing his stomping grounds with Pro-Bowlers and (at least) one future Hall of Fame quarterback.