Author Archives: Caleb Hanie

About Caleb Hanie

Caleb Hanie is a retired NFL Quarterback who played 7 years with the Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos & Chicago Bears.

Trusting The Life Process #StoryTimeWithCalebHanie

By Caleb Hanie I’ve always been a very conscientious person. However, I didn’t necessarily realize that was the case until my 6th year in the NFL. I was with the Baltimore Ravens and my Offensive Coordinator/QB coach Jim Caldwell wrote that word in my evaluation coming out of the offseason. Don’t give me too much credit for the big word as I didn’t necessarily know what it meant and had to google it. Some synonyms for the word are self-aware, thorough, meticulous, diligent, painstaking. I wasn’t honestly sure if this was a good thing or not. Lol. The definition, “wishing to do what is right, especially to do one’s work or duty well and thoroughly” brought me to the conclusion …
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Peyton Manning’s Code #StoryTimeWithCalebHanie

By Caleb Hanie As a backup quarterback, you are assigned certain projects and tasks weekly during the regular season. This can look like anything from watching blitz tapes and pulling clips to help the starter and the rest of the QBs prepare for the week to doing more of a deep dive into something specific on film. Heck, for me, as a rookie, it consisted of buying gourmet breakfast every Friday and bringing it into the QB room to enjoy for morning meetings. Whatever it takes to get a win, right?   My time in Denver was amazing. In a few of my other blogs, I have written about my …
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Mental Gymnastics #StoryTimeWithCalebHanie

By Caleb Hanie “Mental Gymnastics”…ever heard of it? Yeah, I hadn’t either until my third year in the NFL. Mike Martz brought the term to my attention when he became the offensive coordinator for the Bears that year. You see my first 2 years in the NFL were spent learning from Ron Turner and our QB coach Pep Hamilton. I had never had trouble picking up a playbook and quickly learning it. In Ron’s system, it was no different. Ron’s system was a “concept”-based system. Not sure if that is the official term, or what I just call it. This system is one in which plays are taught as a concept and usually labeled with one …
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Fast Learners Still Get Cut #StoryTimeWithCalebHanie

By Caleb Hanie One of the hardest things about playing in the NFL, especially when you are a role player or backup Quarterback like me, is dealing with the ambiguity. You rarely have the job security that a star player has, and most of the time you don’t know your fate until the last day of preseason cuts. Even then, your job can be stripped of you for various reasons – injuries, poor performance, etc. Also, ninety percent of the NFL contracts aren’t guaranteed. So, you could go from one week thinking you’re earning $1,000,000 that year, to making zero. 2013 was another one of those years for me. I …
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Keep it Simple, Stupid! #StoryTimeWithCalebHanie

By Caleb Hanie “Keep it stupid simple” …Or is it, “Keep it simple, stupid”? Either way, this is the most important lesson I learned from Peyton Manning when I played behind him for a year in Denver, and I learned in week 1 of the season. I grew up watching Peyton play, and I viewed him as one of the best to ever do it. He was fun to watch too, as it always looked like he was directing a symphony out there on the field; yelling random words, moving his arms all around, signaling to just about everyone on the field. He looked, at times, like a mad scientist out there running the clock down to darn …
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My First Day With Peyton Manning #StoryTimeWithCalebHanie

By Caleb Hanie I grew up watching Peyton Manning. So, when I signed with the Denver Broncos in 2012 to be one of Peyton’s backups, I was eager to meet him and see what he was really like. My first day around #18 started off in the weight room. I quickly realized that he was relentless. During our first few sets on our first exercise in the Broncos weight room, he started yelling for some footballs. The assistant strength coaches, and whatever intern was standing around, looked at each other like, “Footballs? Did you get some footballs? Were we SUPPOSED to get footballs?” Nevertheless, Peyton wasn’t kidding around, so the …
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Undrafted to NFL Quarterback #StoryTimeWithCalebHanie

By Caleb Hanie I came out of Colorado State in 2008 with an undrafted free agent contract to the Chicago Bears. I felt very blessed to be given an opportunity to practice at that level and essentially be given a tryout to make an NFL team. I had a couple of other teams who called on Draft Day asking me to come. One of which was my hometown team and childhood favorite, the Dallas Cowboys. The Bears opportunity was just better. They had two veteran quarterbacks who were battling for the starting job, Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman. My agent, myself and my family all felt that the Bears would be moving on from one of those quarterbacks soon and would …
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The Time I Got Tebowed Twice in One Year #StoryTimeWithCalebHanie

By Caleb Hanie The year was 2011. I was coming off a nice showing in the previous season’s NFC Championship game where I pumped some life into our offense, that had been struggling all day and just fell short of tying the game on the final drive. My rookie contract had ended, and I headed into the year having been tagged with a low-round tender. This kept me from being an unrestricted free agent and meant I was “on rent” for one year with a decent salary while the team delayed having to decide on a longer-term contract. Cutler had been injured, we had gone 0-2 in my first 2 starts and we were headed to Denver, close to where I had played college ball at Colorado …
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Turns Out Some NFL Executives DO Have Souls #StoryTimeWithCalebHanie

In 2012, I started a new chapter of my NFL career with the Denver Broncos after an amazing 4-year experience as a backup quarterback for the Chicago Bears. The Broncos had just signed Peyton Manning and were looking to secure some depth behind him being that he was just coming off a long rehab and recovery from a serious neck surgery. I agreed to a 2-year deal after being told the plan for the backup quarterback position. You see, the plan was to sign two veteran QBs with relatively similar experience, let us battle it out, and keep the winner as Peyton’s backup for a couple of years. It wasn’t …
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