Peyton Manning Indy

April 13, 2012 by staff 

Peyton Manning Indy, I was on my cell talking to a media colleague long distance when another call came in this afternoon. The number was blocked. With so many calls out on several stories, who could this be? “Hi Phil, it’s Peyton Manning,” he said.

Not to get overly sentimental, but it always bothered me in the past when there wasn’t an opportunity to say good-bye to Colts most enjoyed. Marcus Pollard comes to mind. Still have never been able to tell him thank you. I’ve been fortunate enough to catch up to others down the road, Edgerrin James, Ken Dilger, Kelvin Hayden, Tarik Glenn, Mike Peterson, Marlin Jackson, Gary Brackett, David Thornton, Jake Scott, the list goes on. Dallas Clark was considerate enough to send out an email to many of us after his recent release.

Manning was a huge surprise. We had a decent relationship, he only chewed me out one time, but he knew I didn’t go to him that often. Colleagues Mike Chappell, Phil Richards and Bob Kravitz always spoke to him so much, my Manning requests were as needed for a story. The job usually meant concentrating on the rest of the locker room.

In my time on the beat, which began before Manning arrived in 1998 on a fill-in basis, no player has ever called to say farewell.

It’s just the second time Manning has called me. The other time, he was in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl. The story pertained to his PeyBack Foundation. I remember teasing him about giving me his cell in exchange for the interview, since the caller ID read “blocked” that day, too.

Anyway, Manning said thanks for my work over the years. Classy. He said everything had happened so fast, but he wanted to call the local writers and express his appreciation for what we had done while he was in Indy.

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