Helton, who's been friends with Manning since the mid-1990's when both were quarterbacks at the University of Tennessee, didn't take kindly to Irsay's remarks, "I have a real problem with that," Helton said, via the Denver Post. "I think he should shut his mouth personally. It's getting me a little riled up."
The Rockies first baseman doesn't just want Denver to beat the Colts now, he seems to want Manning and the Broncos to go for the jugular, "I hope he steps on their neck and doesn't let up," Helton said. "That's what I hope for, especially after that idiot, whatever you call him, spouting off his mouth."
Helton didn't stop with calling Irsay an idiot, he also called the Colts owner classless, "I think the guy, (Irsay) just wants to be famous, so he gets one little shot for somebody to know what his name is. To me, that's just classless," Helton said. "I hope Peyton goes back and steps on their throat."
If Manning's ever inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor -- and he most likely will be -- it could get a little awkward if Manning invites his good friend Helton and Helton runs into Irsay.
Helton was with the Rockies for 17 years before retiring following the 2013 season. The Broncos honored Helton with a jersey prior to their 35-19 Week 6 win over Jacksonville.