“To me, in my opinion, they were disappointing and inappropriate. I mean, Peyton would never say anything. He’s too classy to do that. But they sounded a little ungrateful and unappreciative to me for a guy that has set a standard, won a Super Bowl, won division titles, won four MVP awards. I’d be thankful with that one Super Bowl ring because there’s a lot of people that don’t have one.”
– John Fox, head coach, Denver Broncos, on Jim Irsay’s comments
It’s been nearly two years since YouWager’s NFL football wagering fans have seen Peyton Manning put on pads for a game in Indianapolis. This Sunday, the former Colts quarterback returns to Lucas Oil Stadium as a Denver Bronco. In a recent article, Colts owners Jim Irsay made comments that, at first, seemed to put a positive spin on the fact that he let the most successful quarterback in the NFL go from his club, implying that both his team and his club were in better places now. He said he had no regrets. Irsay even said that Manning strongly urged him to draft Andrew Luck. However, other statements have surfaced that sound more like sour grapes to online oddsmakers.
In an interview, Irsay also said that when he released Manning, and avoided paying out a $28 million bonus, he was making an effort to rebuild the team to be a Super Bowl contender rather than a team that can put up what he called “Star Wars numbers” in the regular season.
Irsay told a YouWager news source, “Brady never had consistent numbers, but he has three of these (Irsay pointed to his Super Bowl ring. Pittsburgh had two, the Giants had two, Baltimore had two and we had one. That leaves you frustrated. You make the playoffs 11 times, and you’re out in the first round seven out of 11 times. You love to have the Star Wars numbers from Peyton and Marvin (Harrison) and Reggie (Wayne). Mostly, you love (the ring).”
John Fox, Peyton Manning’s coach, called Irsay’s remark a “cheap shot.” On his weekly radio show appearance, Fox said the owner of the Indianapolis Colts did not sound very grateful, to point out that his team only won one Super Bowl ring during the 14 years that Manning played for the Colts. Fox said that Manning would never say anything like this about Irsay. Online wagering enthusiasts would rather focus on the battle that takes place on the football field this Sunday, but the press has latched on the recent feud with a fury.
When Manning returns to Indianapolis on Sunday, for the first time since he was released by the Colts in 2012, his Denver Broncos will be 6 point favorite at YouWager. Game time on Sunday is 8:30PM Eastern.