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Peyton Manning: Flustered + Frustrated = Forthright

Published by on May 31, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts

Peyton Manning had to earn my respect.  I did not follow his career at Tennessee.  I was never a Colts fan.

The first time that Peyton Manning really appeared on my radar was watching Lynn Swann interview him at the 2003 Pro Bowl.  That interview gave Peyton the pulpit from which to utter his infamous line where he referred to Vanderjagt as an "idiot kicker."

In my opinion, nothing sabotages a talented team like division within the group.  I immediately lost respect for Manning for losing his composure in that moment and airing his personal grievances on a public platform.

The years that followed mellowed my feelings toward Peyton.  I have a friend who possesses a whopping measure of love and loyalty toward the Colts and his enthusiasm helped me to appreciate his team.

Manning later hosted Saturday Night Live. His comic timing and the hilarity of the sketches pushed me over the edge.  I actually began to like Peyton....

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