bill-swift - March 8, 2012
The world watched as the soap in Indianapolis came to an end finally around noon on Wednesday. Peyton Manning is no longer a member of the Indianapolis Colts—finally! The drama out of the Circle City was really starting to drag on; it was beyond time for it to be over.
So now one of the greatest players in the game is free to play for whomever or play for no one at all. While it would be nice to think that we might finally stop seeing his name in the paper or online we'll probably only see it a lot more as every pundit tries to wax poetic over what he means to the game, meant to the Colts and the city of Indianapolis, or what he might do next.
In every article you are going to see the same stats that tell you how great Peyton Manning is (as if we needed that to know). Rather than be like everyone else and spit out those very same stats we've decided to dig a little deeper for some lesser known facts about good ole No 18.
Before he Played Football…
Peyton had some pretty unique neighbors while growing up in the Garden District of New Orleans, Interview with a Vampire novelist Anne Rice and hard rocking Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails.
Like most kids, his mother had a cute little nickname for him growing up that he hoped would never make the papers if he became famous someday—Peytie Pie (no word on whether she spoke with a Southern accent and meant "Petie" instead).
Back in the Tennessee Days…
This clean-cut guy that we all know has not always been so clean-cut. Peyton decided to moon (yes, he bared that bony, white, little bottom of his in public) a friend during a physical. One of the trainers took offense to it and Peyton was banned from eating with the team for two weeks. The same trainer later sued Manning over comments he made in a book (the suit was settled for $300,000).
He was a sweet kid sometimes too. When thousands of fans were waiting in line for tickets to the '96 Tennessee/Florida game he sent 20 pizzas to the end of the line.
His nickname while at Tennessee was "Caveman" since he spent so much time in the film room.
We all know how competitive this guy is; he's shows us that for the last 14 years. During his freshman season at Tennessee he showed up early to a film session like he was supposed to. When the coach went to see why Peyton's competition wasn't there an hour later he discovered that Peyton had kicked all the doors that the coach had propped open shut.
In the NFL…
After winning the Super Bowl he actually made an appearance at a teenager's birthday party for a cool $200,000. Peyton says it never happened , but rumor has it that there are pictures to prove it. (It's $200 K Peyton; we ain't mad at you—we're jealous).
He is a notorious finger licker (and it has nothing to do with chicken). On the field it makes sense, but apparently he does it all around the house, much to the dismay of his wife (no word if he does it every time he picks up one of the twins or not), and on the golf course as well.
It might be hard to believe, but not everyone loves this guy. Apparently there is a group on Facebook called FFAPM—Football Fans Against Peyton Manning. They like to take pictures of No 18 and do funny things to them. It has 84 members.
The Wheel of Fortune aired an episode on March 29, 2007, that had "Peyton Manning Named MVP of Super Bowl" as the answer to one of the puzzles. Pat Sajak later stated that the episode was filmed before the game was played.
Most Awesome Quote
Everyone knows that Peyton is infamous for his fourth quarter comebacks, but we don't know his take on them:
"You hear about how many fourth quarter comebacks that a guy has and I think it means a guy screwed up in the first three-quarters."