Rockies 1B Todd Helton calls Irsay an 'idiot' for Manning comments

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Todd Helton is a friend of Peyton Manning's and he didn't like what Jim Irsay said about his friend. (USATSI)
Todd Helton is a friend of Peyton Manning's and he didn't like what Jim Irsay said about his friend. (USATSI)

Broncos coach John Fox wasn't the only person in Denver bothered by Jim Irsay's comments regarding Peyton Manning. Recently retired Rockies first baseman Todd Helton wasn't thrilled with them either.

Earlier this week, Colts owner Jim Irsay defended his decision to dump Manning and basically said he was disappointed he only won one Super Bowl with Manning. Irsay felt the team should've won more.

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.

 
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