Here’s why Peyton Manning was wearing a helmet in the tub

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Productivity experts will tell you that multitasking, the act of trying to do multiple things at once, is the surest way to do absolutely nothing well. Productivity experts have won no Super Bowls and thrown no NFL touchdowns, because Peyton Manning is a multitasking maestro and he seems to be doing just fine.

The photo above, via the Denver Broncos, popped up over the weekend. It's pretty much perfect and self-explanatory on its own, what with Peyton wearing his helmet in the cold tub while watching his iPad. What more do you need?

Now, we have context for the photo. Starting from the bottom and working up, Manning is rehabbing his injured ankle in the cold tub. He's watching game film on his iPad. (You or I would be playing Temple Run 2, which is why we're not NFL quarterbacks.) And the helmet? Well, the offense was running drills out on the practice field, so Manning brought along his helmet so that he could listen in on offensive coordinator Adam Gase's playcalling and strategizing.

The final piece of the puzzle: tight end Julius Thomas. Thomas was also rehabbing, and as he did, Manning lectured him on the latest elements of game planning. "He heard the calls, he'd repeat them to Julius," Gase said. "It was a way for them to take two hours and stay in the game plan."

Man. Peyton Manning is like the worst teacher's pet EVER.

Jay Busbee is a contributor for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter.

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