Peyton Manning (1) (cont.)
Posted: Tuesday August 28, 2007 3:29PM; Updated: Tuesday August 28, 2007 4:07PM
"At the Pro Bowl, Belichick and I had a beer at the pool one day. We talked for a few hours and somebody said, 'All they're doing is telling a bunch of lies to each other.' There's some truth to that. But when we were stretching for practice one morning, we were kind of waiting to see who was going to break the ice first, and he came up to me and said, 'Now, that third-and-two in the championship game when you ran the ball, were y'all going to go for it on fourth down?' And I said, 'Look, on the sideline Tony [Dungy] basically said, 'Don't make me have to decide.' So after that, it was like, 'You asked one, now I have a couple for you.' "
"My first question to him? I went back to my rookie year, 1998, against the Jets. We went 3-13, and he's coaching under Parcells and they go 12-4. We beat them at home, my biggest win at the time. We stunk. We had a fourth-and-14 where they were going to blitz like crazy. Our left guard false-starts, but the ball is snapped and you see [the blitz], so we come back and go max protection, thinking they would blitz, and he drops eight [defenders into coverage]. I'm doing what my coach told me -- you know, dump it down to your back. So I throw a four-yard pass to Marshall Faulk on fourth-and-19. He gets the first down, and we go on to beat them. I asked Belichick if he remembered that play. Oh, he remembered. 'Damned Mo Lewis missed the tackle.' Unbelievable. We ended up going to dinner. I had an enjoyable week just talking football with the guy."
"If I could play one game for any coach besides Tony Dungy in football history, I'd probably pick Bill Walsh. God rest his soul. So many coaches were influenced by him. It'd be interesting to be in meetings with him. He said, 'If you're not going to coach it right, get off my staff. If you're not going to run it right, get off my team.' I'd say Walsh and, just for fun, Hank Stram. He had the most priceless NFL Films clip of all time, from the Super Bowl, when he said, 'The ol' coach called that one! The ol' coach called that one!'?"
"I called Tom Brady before the Super Bowl. I said, 'Give me a tip on what to do about the postgame party.' You know, win or lose, there's a party. The Colts had a party, and they give you nine tickets. I mean, how do you pick nine people? You don't even get past your family and your in-laws. Brady said, 'Call the hotel and get a room, and have a party win or lose. With your people.' And he always had a great one. [Colts owner Jim] Irsay had the ballrooms, so we called the hotel restaurant, and I said, Let's blow it out, win or lose. We go back to the hotel and I stop by Irsay's party, and then I go to our deal and we had about 100 people there -- friends, family, Kenny Chesney sang, we had a band. Went to bed around six."
"The most sincere voice mail I got after the Super Bowl was from Dan Marino. He did the coin toss that day, and he said it was an honor to be on the field with me. I'll remember that for a long time."
"Once you win, you don't want to quit; you want to win another one. So you have that same hunger, for sure. At least I do. I know I do."
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