Back when Peyton Manning was running the high-powered offense for the Indianapolis Colts — Austin Collie was definitely one of his favorite targets and he expected greatness out of him as soon as he made his way to the team.
During the latest episode of his show on DAZN, former Colts punter Pat McAfee shared a hilarious story of the time Manning kicked Collie out of a game for trying to catch a pass with one hand when Collie was a rookie in 2009.
The pass to Collie was slightly off target, so Collie reached out with one hand to try to catch the ball but was unable to secure it.
Manning was pissed.
“(Collie) put his head down and jogged back to the huddle, and before he got like five feet away from the huddle, Peyton Manning just pointed to the sideline and was like, ‘Get out,’” McAfee recalled. “Austin jogs to the sideline and (then-head coach) Jim Caldwell and the offensive coordinator are like, ‘You’re in.’ So Austin turns around to go back on the field, and Peyton just points at the sideline as if he’s a dad. So he’s benched at this point.”
The Colts may have won the game, but Collie was so bummed out when McAfee approached him and informed him, “I was told if I ever try to catch a football with one hand again, I will never be on the field when Peyton Manning is the quarterback.”
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“What a savage of an individual Peyton Manning is,” McAfee said. “He basically told this young rookie wide receiver who had a lot of promise, ‘Hey, I don’t need that garbage with you with one hand. Yeah, I might have missed you a little bit — you dive then. You put two hands on that ball.’”