Kevin Durant may have looked angry when Peyton Manning threw a well-timed zinger his way at the ESPYs Wednesday night, but apparently the Golden State Warriors star was just putting his acting skills to work.
According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, Durant knew the joke was coming and was simply playing his part.
For those interested, I'm told Kevin Durant was in on the Peyton Manning gymanistic team roast at #ESPYS2017. KD played his part well.
The joke wasn’t all that offensive, and Durant just won an NBA championship. How could he possibly be mad about it? It became pretty obvious that his reaction was part of the joke when he sent this tweet, but now we have confirmation.
Peyton Manning hosted the ESPYs on Wednesday night, and he appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” the night before to hype up the event.
There were a number of gems in the interview. As we shared previously, Peyton shed some light on his perspective on fantasy football (hint: he’s not a huge fan). He also shared an interesting story about the time he played a round of golf with U.S. President Donald Trump about a month ago.
“I was in town, in D.C., for a banquet,” Manning said. “I was receiving a very nice award from Ford’s Theatre called the Lincoln Medal. So I was in town and the President and a lot of politicians were going to be at the banquet. So they knew I was going to be in town. The White House called and said, ‘Hey, the President would like to play golf with you on Sunday. Are you available?’”
Manning shared that a lot of people pressured him to say no, but he did it anyway.
“To me,” Manning said, “no matter what your beliefs are, I heard Arnold Palmer say one time, ‘If the President of the United States ever asks you to play golf, you do it. It’s a no-brainer.’ And it was a fantastic experience. I rode in the motorcade over there, and I’ve never felt safer playing golf. We had 30 golf carts behind us.”
Manning said he ended up having a great time.
“He was a great host,” Manning said. “He loves sports. We passed through a number of groups. He was very gracious. He took a picture with the groups we passed through. And so, I’ve had a chance to play with President Bush before. If President Obama or President Clinton asked me, I would be there in a heartbeat. It was just the experience of playing with the office, and I think it would have been almost un-American of me to say no.”
Peyton Manning is the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yardage and touchdowns, so it goes without saying that he is one of the greatest fantasy football players ever. Like many current and former NFL players, he seems to care very little about that.
Manning was a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday night, and he was asked for his thoughts on being a fantasy football legend. He made it clear he prefers fans of “real” football to fans of the other game.
“There’s no doubt that fantasy football is extremely popular, and anything that gets people watching the game is good,” Manning said. “But, sometimes, a fantasy football owner’s and my goals were different. I’d be at an airport and somebody would say, ‘Hey great game yesterday.’ I’m like, ‘Ah we lost so…’ But they’re like, ‘Yeah but you threw five touchdowns.'”
Manning said the same was true of fans who would ask him “what happened last night?” after his team won a game 10-7.
“I like the diehard fans that are gonna watch their team no matter what and aren’t gonna turn the channel if their receiver on fantasy football is not in the game,” Manning added. “I like the diehards.”
It’s no surprise that Manning was a lot more kind to fantasy football players than some of the NFL players we have seen take things to the next level, but his overall message seemed similar. Most NFL players care about themselves and their teammates — not your Yahoo Sports fantasy league.
“I told him I wasn’t going to come,” said Mora, per Dakota Crawford of the Indy Star. “I had reasons. I would love to come back there, but because of the way I left the Colts, my relationship with [ex-general manager Bill] Polian, I don’t know. I just wouldn’t feel that I would feel comfortable being there.”
Mora coached the Colts for four seasons from 1998 to 2001, a stretch that also coincided with Manning’s first four seasons in the league. But Mora was fired after the 2001 season and wound up never coaching again.
The Miami Dolphins were desperate for quarterback help when Ryan Tannehill went down with a knee injury late last season, and they apparently thought there was an outside chance they could convince Peyton Manning to embark on one more Super Bowl quest.
In an interview with the Times-Picayune on Friday, Archie Manning revealed that he witnessed a text message conversation between his son and Dolphins head coach Adam Gase.
“It started with Gase,” Archie Manning recalled. “He said, ‘Hey 18, Tannehill went down.’ He said, ‘I think he’s going to miss some time. The first question I’m going to get at the press conference in the morning is if I’m going to try to bring you to Miami. What do you want me to tell them?'”
Gase and Peyton Manning have some history together, as the former was the offensive coordinator for two seasons with the Denver Broncos while the latter was still there. Despite that, you can probably guess what Peyton’s response was.
“The text message came back from Peyton, ‘You tell them I could probably come play, but there’s no way I can miss carpool the next two weeks,'” Archie said. “So, he was done.”
Archie said before last season that he was asked several times if his son was truly retired, and the answer was always the same. Those who watched Peyton in the playoffs in his final season saw that the future Hall of Famer was out of gas, but Gase probably would have liked his chances better with Manning instead of Matt Moore. It was worth a shot.
Peyton Manning is officially done playing in the NFL, but the future Hall of Famer is still landing endorsement deals.
On Wednesday, helmet manufacturer Ridell announced that it has partnered with Manning, who will serve the company as a “strategic advisor.”
“Riddell is one of the most recognizable brands in football and has long maintained its leadership position through meaningful improvements in player protection and game-tested innovation,” Manning said in a press release, via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “Riddell is also doing great work to educate the football community about new protective technology, the importance of proper equipment management, and coordinating initiatives that make new gear available to football programs in need. I’m appreciative of the opportunity to invest in the company and join #TeamRiddell to help reinforce the brand’s efforts in advancing the sport I love and believe in.”
As Florio notes, Riddell has decided to bring Manning on board at a time when the VICIS helmet — which has been billed as a safer helmet — is about to make its way into the NFL.
If you’re still into the whole Manning vs. Tom Brady debate even though the latter is the only one playing football next season, perhaps you should root for Brady to become the face of VICIS. Given the recent drama surrounding Brady’s melon, it might actually make some sense.
Fans attending country singer Chris Stapleton’s Tuesday night concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado got a little more than they bargained for when retired NFL superstar and future Pro Football Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning, made a surprise appearance.
While enjoying his retirement, Manning decided to check out the show. And then he decided to take it a step further.
As Stapleton prepared to play hit song “Tennessee Whiskey,” which had previously reached No. 1 on Billboard’s US Hot Country Songs chart, Manning opted to take the stage and join in.
“I am humbled, and I am grateful to Jim and the Irsay family for this tremendous honor,” Manning said.
Manning will become the 14th member of the Colts’ Ring of Honor and the first in the Indianapolis era to have his jersey retired by the team.
“Peyton will always be a Colt,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said. “This will be an event our city, state and Colts fans around the world can celebrate and be proud of.”
Manning has not yet given any indication of what he will do with his life after football, though we know one area he is not interested in. Should he ever decide he wants to hold a front office role with the Colts the same way John Elway does with the Denver Broncos, the franchise would likely welcome him with open arms.
Peyton Manning is still involved in the NFL — sort of.
The Miami Dolphins signed tight end Julius Thomas in part because of a recommendation from Manning, who played with him on the Denver Broncos.
Miami’s offensive coordinator, Clyde Christensen, served in the same role with Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in 2009 and 2010. When the Dolphins looked at Thomas, Christensen reached out to Manning, who linked up with Thomas for 24 touchdowns in 2013 and 2014.
“That (Thomas) figured it out,” Christensen said of what Manning told him, via Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post. “(Thomas’) figure-it-out factor was high. That’s what you look for. There’s a guy who came in and probably didn’t know a whole bunch about football, or played very little. His experience was very minimal, and then (he) came in and figured it out and then worked. (Manning) talked a lot about (Thomas asking), ‘Would you stay out and help me with this? Take me through this. Would you watch a little tape with me? Would you explain what you want on this?’ And he still does the same thing. I’ll see him in (Head) Coach (Adam) Gase’s office and his questions are right. His questions and his process are right, which as a coach, (is what) you’re looking for.”
Maybe Manning has a future in a front office after all. If the addition of Thomas pays off, the Dolphins will certainly be grateful for Manning’s input.