Peyton Manning and his humor return to Pro Bowl
After a one-year hiatus, Peyton Manning has returned to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl this week, and it didn't take long for him to make headlines.
|Peyton Manning held a roast at the Pro Bowl on Tuesday. Nobody was exempt -- not even Manning. (US Presswire)|
If you've ever seen Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in an Oreo commercial, a Mastercard commerical or an episode of "Football Cops," you probably realized that the guy has a sense of humor. Manning got to show off that sense of humor Tuesday night in Hawaii when he addressed Pro Bowl players from both the NFC and AFC teams.
Manning, who's getting set to play in his 12th Pro Bowl on Sunday, has made it an annual thing to address the AFC and NFC players the night before the teams hold their first practice.
The speech started off with a serious message from Manning, who lamented the recent effort players have given in the Pro Bowl, "The past two years, the play in this game has been unacceptable," Manning said, according to NFL.com.
After the brief scolding though, Manning went around the room poking jokes at people, including himself. Did you know Peyton Manning holds the record for most career interceptions in the Pro Bowl? Because Peyton Manning knows that, "Peyton Manning holds the record with nine interceptions in the Pro Bowl," Manning said, according to NFL.com. "I want to keep that record. So on Sunday, [NFC cornerbacks Charles] Tillman, [Tim] Jennings, [Patrick] Peterson, look out; I'm going to throw it every time."
Manning took jabs at everyone, including a few of the lesser known Pro Bowlers, "Couple of rules. Couple of reminders. Let's just keep the pictures and autographs at the pool to a minimum. [The rule] is not for guys like me, I'll sign whatever. It's for the guys who get bothered [for autographs] all the time. Guys like Dustin Colquitt, Phil Dawson. These guys can't go anywhere."
Before he was done, Manning made sure to set up some even pool volleyball teams, "A little announcement here: pool volleyball, Wednesday, 3 p.m. AFC quarterbacks vs. NFC quarterbacks. Each team gets a 'need' player and I'm in charge of picking this player for both teams. AFC, we get J.J. Watt. The NFC gets Leon Washington."
The Seahawks Washington is 5-foot-8, while Houston's Watt led the league in pass knockdowns.
After 11 Pro Bowl appearances with the Colts, Manning will make his first Pro Bowl appearance with the Broncos on Sunday.
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