"It felt good to be out there. I haven't really been out there like this for a year and a half. It's a day I've been waiting on for a long time," Manning said.
We can't take away too much from Manning's first non-contact practice, but how far he's come is remarkable, considering his career appeared to be in jeopardy not so long ago.
Manning was clearly in a good mood Monday. He was asked by one reporter what it was like to look up to rookie quarterback Brock Osweiler, who measures 6-foot-7.
Manning's response: "It's something you've dealt with your whole life."
And then Manning patted the reporter on the head. Awesome.