Last week, former NFL quarterback Phil Simms had some choice comments regarding Peyton Manning‘s desire to play this season and the Colts chances of drafting consensus #1 pick Andrew Luck if/when Manning is healthy. Here’s what Simms had to say:
“There is no way if Peyton Manning is given a clean bill of health — I’m going to go on that assumption — that he is going to let them draftAndrew Luck.” Partly, Simms suggests, that’s because Manning might then find it hard to keep his job: “In this day and age, even with Peyton Manning, people would be crying, ‘We’ve got to see Andrew Luck.'”
Is that so, Phil? Apparently Peyton didn’t pay much attention to Simms’ comments, or his show for that matter. Actually Peyton doesn’t think anyone watches Phil’s show. Here is what Manning had to say about the situation, via PFT:
“I don’t talk to Phil,” Manning said, via Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star. “Phil doesn’t talk to me. He did text me after that, saying ‘Hey, sorry to drag your name into this.’ I wrote back, ‘Phil I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ He said, ‘Well on my show, Inside the NFL, I made this statement.’ I said, ‘Phil, I hate to break it to you, but I don’t watch your show, along with a lot of other people that I don’t think watch that show.’ Giving himself a little more credit than probably was merited.”
Well damn. Personally I have to side with Peyton, as I rarely if ever watch Inside The NFL. Actually, Inside may be the least popular among mainstream sports talk shows. Manning delivered a big blow to Simms’ ego with his statement and, given the ridiculous claims made by Simms, he had it coming and Manning’s reaction is well deserved.
Maybe Simms will check with the source first before making such lofty claims while reaching for publicity.