Peyton Manning voted as Broncos' captain

The Broncos announced their six team captains. They were voted on by the team.

The 2012 Denver captain are quarterback Peyton Manning, guard Chris Kuper, running back Willis McGahee, cornerback Champ Bailey, defensive end Elvis Dumervil and special teams captain Wesley Woodyard.

It’s no surprise Manning was voted a captain. He is known as one of the great leaders in the game. This is Bailey’s sixth consecutive seasons as a captain, and it is Woodyard’s fourth straight year as a captain.

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