Peyton Manning Gets First Personal Foul of His Career for Taunting Houston Safety DJ Swearinger (GIFs)
Future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning has accomplished many amazing feats during his storied NFL career. He’s won five league MVP awards, set the records for single-season passing yards and touchdowns (twice), and, yes, he’s even won a Super Bowl.
One thing Peyton Manning had not done until Saturday night, however, was get whistled for a personal foul. But there’s a first time for everything, apparently.
Late in the second quarter of the Broncos-Texans game, Houston safety DJ Swearinger laid a questionable shoulder-to-helmet hit on Wes Welker, knocking him out of the game with what would turn out to be his third concussion in the last year.
Peyton Manning was furious about the hit, of course, but because he is Peyton Manning he never lost control of that fury. Instead of running right over to Swearinger and getting into his face right then and there, Manning first threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders. Only then did Manning go over to Swearinger and give him a piece of his mind.
Here’s the whole sequence of events in GIF form:
After the game, both Swearinger and Manning refused to divulge what was said in that brief encounter. However, Swearinger did concede, “He didn’t invite me to dinner.”
Manning, meanwhile, was pretty forthcoming about his thought process. “I think if you’re going to get one,” he said of the 15-yard penalty, “that’s a good time to get one.”
In other words, if there weren’t five seconds remaining in the first half of a meaningless preseason game, he probably would have just kept his mouth shut. As it is, though, Peyton’s actions probably earned him even more respect in the locker room.
That guy always knows exactly what he’s doing, doesn’t he?
Hat Tip – [ESPN]