Uh-oh! It’s rare a bad-boy sports headline has the ‘Manning’ name in it, but this time it does. Peyton Manning is denying he violated any NFL rules by visiting Nick Saban -at the same time Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
NFL rules prohibit players from talking about or engaging in football conversations prior to offseason workouts. Saban said the men only came by to “say hello” and were only interested in strategies to defend the no-huddle. Saban seemed really impressed with Manning’s yearning to get better:
“To be honest with you, he was just trying to learn so he could be a better player,” Saban said, via AL.com. “I think a lot of people would say, ‘Wow, the guy is one of the best, if not the best, and certainly from a career standpoint probably about as good as anybody’s been in the history of the league. After all the experience and knowledge that he has, he’s going out and trying to seek more knowledge and understanding of the game of football so he can play better.’
“It’s a great example for a lot of young people, whether they’re playing high school, college, Pop Warner or whatever, and it’s something that I have tremendous respect for. I really enjoyed visiting with him.”
Of course you did Saban. Who wouldn’t? Manning visiting you only elevates your status. In response to the questions concerning his discussion Peyton said,
“I know there isn’t a rule that says you can’t get better.”
Peyton and Gase could have had all kinds of football conversations. Who knows. The point is the NFL is not going to be able to regulate the conversations of grown men outside of a football game.
They have yet to control the conversations on the gridiron.
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