During the 2011 offseason, quarterback Peyton Manning spent time in the Colorado Rockies clubhouse, where his good friend and former college teammate Todd Helton played.
It’s safe to say that during his time at Coors Field, Manning didn’t work on his sliding technique.
During the second quarter of Denver’s win at Carolina, Manning scrambled for a 6-yard gain. He attempted to slide at the end of the run, but it was a little less than graceful.
“All of them,” Manning said with a smile when asked if anyone on the team gave him a hard time about the awkward-looking slide. “It’s not even worth explaining what happened because it looked bad. The fact that my knee brace got caught, nobody wants to hear that. It is what it is, as they say, and it’s right there on film. I’m very aware that it’s fair game for criticism and ridicule and I have plenty thick enough skin to handle it.”
As seen on NFL Network’s Sound FX, Head Coach John Fox greeted Manning with some advice at the end of that series.
“I told them, the next time you think about running, throw it instead,” Fox said with a laugh.
Sitting next to Manning on the bench late in the game, cornerback Omar Bolden chimed in.
“Hey, you know after we get this W – we’re talking about that slide,” the rookie told the 15th-year pro.
“I hear you,” Manning replied. “That’s fair.”
Though fans and some players on the sidelines were concerned at first, the play ended up being a harmless case of Manning’s knee brace getting caught in the grass.
The four-time NFL MVP is known for his tireless work ethic and focus with which he approaches every practice and game. He’s also known for his sense of humor off the field that has been showcased in various commercials and on Saturday Night Live.
In a win, Manning and his teammates were able to laugh it off.
“Peyton handles that stuff good,” tight end Jacob Tamme said. “We all gave him a little bit of a hard time about how funky that ended up looking.”
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