The thought of former Tennessee QB Peyton Manning asking to come out of a football game is hilarious to those who have spent years watching one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time.
Manning famously rarely let backups take snaps with the first-team in practices, insisting on taking all the reps himself to prepare for that Sunday’s game.
However, Bruce Arians, Manning’s former quarterback coach from his days with the Indianapolis Colts, recalled a time when Manning wanted to come out of a game the Colts were losing badly to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
In Arians’ new book — titled The Quarterback Whisperer — Arians said Manning didn’t see the point in continuing to play (via Pro Football Talk):
“Midway through the fourth quarter of the game, with the outcome already decided, Peyton was so frustrated that he asked for mercy,” Arians writes. “He wanted to be pulled from the game.”
Of course, Arians wasn’t about to let the Colts’ leader get away with standing on the sidelines while his teammates struggled and profanely told Manning to return to the field:
“‘F–k no, get back in there,’ I told him,” Arians explains. “‘We’ll go no-huddle and maybe you’ll learn something. You can never ask to come out. You’re our leader. Act like it.'”
Naturally, in true Manning fashion, he led the Colts to a touchdown on the next drive and gained some confidence heading into the next week of action.
Arians’ book will be released next Tuesday, and it sounds like it will be a must-read for Manning fans.