Everywhere Peyton Manning looks these days, there's a sign his years as an NFL superstar are numbered. Even in paradise, at the Pro Bowl, there were reminders Sunday that if Manning is going to win another Super Bowl, he has little time to waste.

During a lopsided 62-35 victory by the NFC, mop-up duty at quarterback for the AFC was done by a guy wearing Manning's old Indianapolis helmet: Andrew Luck.

Time flies. And nothing is for long in the NFL.

As Manning told his fellow Pro Bowlers during a speech as the week in paradise began, the 36-year-old Denver quarterback has now begun to think about the day somewhere down the road where he quits making touchdown throws and passes the torch of leadership in the game to the next generation of league stars.

In a game that's more about umbrella drinks than football, there was one genuinely sentimental moment. With 4:56 remaining in the first quarter, center Jeff Saturday left the NFC sideline and walked into the AFC offensive huddle, where Manning was calling signals.

As longtime teammates with the Colts, Manning and Saturday did everything together, from winning the Super Bowl to arguing on the sideline about the game plan. Many of those memories began with Saturday snapping the football to Manning.

So they did it one more time. The resulting 2-yard loss on a rushing play by Arian Foster did not count for much. But the hug between Manning and Saturday after the play will be heartfelt for years to come.

Manning was by far the most warmly greeted of five Broncos who participated in the game. He completed 6-of-12 passes for 43 yards. His best moment? Facing fourth-and-goal from the 6-yard line on the AFC's opening offensive possession, Manning turned to Broncos coach John Fox on the sideline and with a hand signal told him to not even think about sending in the field-goal kicker. The result was a TD pass.

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