The Denver Post’s Terry Frei reports Broncos QB Peyton Manning has a funny (some might say grossly offensive) nickname for OL and ex-Colts teammate Ryan Lija.
“He’s got everyone calling me Taylor Hicks,” Lilja (above) said Friday, smiling after he went through his first full practice since joining the Broncos.
The resemblance between Hicks, the silver-haired singer who won Season 5 of “American Idol,” and the silver-haired Lilja is striking.
Lilja played center with the Broncos’ second unit Friday, snapping to Brock Osweiler, and he said there were some bumpy moments in his return from short-lived retirement.
“Lot of mistakes, some mental mistakes,” Lilja said. “Some physical mistakes. That’s pretty much how I expected it to go the first day, but it was a lot of fun to get out there.”