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Peyton Manning Letterman Tribute: QB Explains Why He’s Always Been “A Letterman Guy”
As you probably know, Peyton Manning helped give David Letterman a proper sendoff on Wednesday by delivering the single best line in the last ever Letterman Top 10. What you may not know is that Manning’s relationship with David Letterman goes back further than that.
The NFL legend made his first appearance on the Late Show back in 1997, just days before losing the Heisman Trophy to Charles Woodson. After that he made three more appearances prior to this week. The second came in 2006, when he and Dave threw footballs through the windows of moving cabs. The third came in 2007, after Manning’s Colts won the Super Bowl. And the fourth came in 2014, after the greatest season by a quarterback in the history of the NFL.
Has Manning ever gone on any other late night talk shows? Nope. And the reason for that, according to a sweet tribute he wrote for “Monday Morning Quarterback,” is that Manning always has been and always will be “a Letterman guy.”
Why? Well, it’s partly just because Manning thinks Letterman is brilliantly funny. But it’s also because of stories like this:
I was working out at the Broncos’ facility, trying to get used to my new world and learn Denver’s offense. I got word that Dave was trying to reach me, and so I get on the phone with him. He explains that they’re going to have Andrew Luck on the show, and what they want to do is present him with his new Colts jersey, like they’d be the ones telling him he was a Colt.
He said to me, “I don’t want to do it if it makes you uncomfortable at all.”
I said, “Dave, it doesn’t matter what I think. You do what you feel is best for the show.”
Really, I didn’t care. Whatever Dave wanted to do was fine, but he said, “That’s it! We’re not doing it. Forget it. It’s done.”
That meant so much to me. I didn’t give him an answer. It wasn’t my place to say anything. But the fact that he made that call, I can tell you this: If that were any other show, they sure wouldn’t have called to ask what I thought.
Yep, that’s pretty cool.
If you like Peyton Manning and David Letterman, you really should check the whole Peyton Manning Letterman tribute over at MMQB. Peyton’s not exactly Hemingway, but it’s a nice read nonetheless.