Flashback Friday: Peyton Manning Tried to Teach Yao Ming How to Throw a Football

During a Gatorade commercial shoot, Peyton Manning tried to teach Yao Ming how to throw a football.

Peyton Manning and Yao Ming

During an old Gatorade commercial starring three retired athletes—NFL superstar quarterback Peyton Manning, legendary NBA center Yao Ming and iconic New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter—some behind-the-scene treasure was filmed. Manning was trying to teach Yao how to throw a football.

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You might imagine that most professional athletes in any sport can throw a football, but not the 7-foot-6, 8-time NBA All-Star. Yao doesn't even use the laces, and his throwing motion seems to be stuck between a sidearm delivery and a normal throw. The result of his poor mechanics: an ugly release and a knuckleball to Manning. It's possible that Yao's 10-inch palms prevented him from throwing a spiral.

Manning reassured Yao that he didn't need to learn how to throw a football, because he would most likely be a tight end for the Indianapolis Colts. Check out the hilarious video below.

Here is the Gatorade commercial they were shooting at the time.


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