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Peyton Manning: No rookie hazing in Colts' camp

In the endless debate about rookie hazing that has cropped up in NFL training camps across the country, count Colts quarterback Peyton Manning as one who supports Dez Bryant’s refusal to carry Roy Williams’ pads, and doesn’t think Tim Tebow should have been given a haircut.

“You’ve seen all the highlights with the rookie hazing and haircuts,” Manning said, per John Oehser of FanHouse. “We don’t do that around here, because we don’t treat the guys like rookies. We expect those guys to play this year and to play well.”

Manning says the Colts’ attitude toward rookie hazing stems from the team’s philosophy that if a rookie is going to be on the roster, he’s going to contribute just like everyone else.

“We’re probably not very patient,” Manning said. “We don’t cut them a whole lot of slack. If they’re on the team, we expect them to know the offense and to be in there. That’s why we treat them all like veterans.”

Although I’ll admit the Tebow haircut is funny, I have to side with Manning on this one. NFL rookies ought to be treated like the professionals they are, not like freshmen at a frat house.

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  1. milehiclown says: Aug 10, 2010 7:41 PM

    My guess is Payton Manning is loads of fun to work with.
    Rookie: “Hey Payton, I’m going to get a Big Gulp. Ya want one?”
    PM: “WHY THE F AREN’T YOU STUDYING YOUR F-ING PLAYBOOK? WHAT IS THIS, SOME KIND OF PARTY? HIT THE WEIGHTS, JERK OFF.”
    Sometimes a little laughter can help people produce.

  2. Cake Or Death says: Aug 10, 2010 7:59 PM

    Well isn’t he just special.

  3. zonepro764 says: Aug 10, 2010 8:19 PM

    Yeah I’m sure he acts like a 8 year old at camp. Look at the way the offensive rookies have performed under Maning as the leader of that team.
    That’s one reason they are a top rated offense every year. The other is respect. Bill Polian and Jim Irsay know how to develop players and those players all respect what they Colts stand for.
    Also his SNL skits were funny as hell.

  4. Ufanforreal says: Aug 10, 2010 8:27 PM

    # Cake Or Death says: August 10, 2010 7:59 PM
    Well isn’t he just special.
    ——————————————————
    Well a matter of fact he is, where have you been the past 12 years?

  5. Howboutdemcowboys says: Aug 10, 2010 8:29 PM

    He is a true professional and I am not surprised by his comments about this topic at all. Peyton is a great ambassador for the game of football.

  6. Hgl4969 says: Aug 10, 2010 8:37 PM

    Totally agree with Peyton. The hazing of rookies doesn’t set a good example for the colleges, high schools, etc. Remember five or six years in Northbrook, IL and the girls sports team where the hazing got out of control? If it’s okay in the NFL – why not everywhere.

  7. MrHumble says: Aug 10, 2010 8:44 PM

    these guys need to chill…..a little harmless fun doesn’t hurt anyone……big chittin’ deal, tebow’s hair will grow back and i’m sure that is the way he looked at, so kudos to tebow. i’ll bet the rookies don’t get as good of other perks as “peyton” does, so he is being rather hypocritical i would say.

  8. Roger the Dodger says: Aug 10, 2010 8:46 PM

    It’s about time some “pro” football team started acting like professionals, and not as you say, frat boys. (Having been a frat boy, I have some experience with the latter.)
    Hazing is a stupid way for people with power to abuse those without it. Rookies don’t know the systems, don’t have a track record, and generally don’t have the skills (yet) of the vets, so the vets take this as a signal that it’s ok to abuse the youngsters. I don’t buy it.
    Imagine a fresh law school grad going to work at Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe. First day on the job, some second year guy tells him to carry his (the older guy’s) briefcase. Fourth day, the partners shave his head into a checkerboard pattern and cut the sleeves off his new suit. Sixth day, the senior partners have the newbies stand up in the boardroom and sing their alma maters.
    Nah, can’t see it.
    Why not? Lawyers, for all of their flaws, are professionals. They wouldn’t put up with it. So why do “pro” athletes?

  9. fmmf4554 says: Aug 10, 2010 8:46 PM

    I guess it wasn’t hazing when they threw Jay Cutler in the pool down at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii then huh? What a douche

  10. TheWizard says: Aug 10, 2010 8:47 PM

    Amen.
    I hope the Patriots take, or have taken, a stand on this kind of stupidity.

  11. julieinduvall says: Aug 10, 2010 9:06 PM

    fmmf4554, I was just getting ready to mention the Cutler incident.
    Maybe Peyton was too busy with his commercial filming schedule to poke a little good-natured fun at the Colts’ rookies. Then again, does he even deign to speak to them?

  12. Louis says: Aug 10, 2010 9:15 PM

    I think its allright to have a little fun in life,

  13. keithcash says: Aug 10, 2010 9:36 PM

    why hasnt there been a reference to a “naked butt and rectum”? god

  14. bbq says: Aug 10, 2010 9:36 PM

    Louis said:
    “I think its allright to have a little fun in life,”
    That’s good, man. Same here.

  15. TryTheVeal says: Aug 10, 2010 9:37 PM

    I agree with Mr. Humble 100%……Hell, what are you all a bunch of women?…It’s harmless fun, and most rookies(sans Dez) know it’s coming. Also Rodger the Dodger, speaking of professionals. Did you know that the Supreme Court Justice member with the least seniority, is basically an errand boy or girl for the other members, (dry cleaning,food runs etc.) until a new member is elected. Damn, that could take years, and aren’t they professionals?

  16. Sparrowhawk says: Aug 10, 2010 9:38 PM

    Class player, class organization. More teams should take their cues from a professional outlook.

  17. CaptainFantastik says: Aug 10, 2010 9:42 PM

    Maybe if Peyton and the Colts lightened up a little they might start winning a bit more in the post-season when it counts and actually living up to the hype.

  18. Eazy E in KC says: Aug 10, 2010 9:50 PM

    That’s stupid. Just because they make millions of dollars at 22 years old, doesn’t mean they’re some sort of “veteran”. The NFL is where men “PLAY” football. The bottom line is, it’s just a game and they should have a little fun.

  19. Jim Rome says: Aug 10, 2010 9:52 PM

    @fmmf4554 and @julieinduvall Not to be rude, no wait to be completely rude you’re both idiots. The pro bowl is suppose to be for fun, training camp is getting the new guys ready to play and be the best! carrying pads and shaving heads and whatever else that happens in that aspect during the time when you’re suppose to be preparing for and working for the season which is also their job is not helping them get better! so next time you want to bash someone for something, try a legit argument. thanks come again Ridiculous!

  20. hotchick says: Aug 10, 2010 9:54 PM

    So it seems that if Peyton doesnt do the hazing no others Colts could? No, its a team approach where ALL vets dont treat the rookies that way.
    Peyton is just the ones who spoke about it.
    Plus I like the number of boys here who think hazing is the only way pro football players could “have a little fun.”
    You can have fun in life without resorting to hazing.
    And do we really want to criticize the Colts methods after all the success they have had?
    Maybe a little laughter will help guys produce???
    The Colts don’t produce?

  21. BP says: Aug 10, 2010 10:02 PM

    Well Payton certainly is all business these days. He has apparently matured. He is no longer being accused of sitting on any female trainer’s faces as he holds her down while smothering her with his asshole and nuts. What did he call that? A harmless schoolboy prank? Oh, he said he just “mooned” her. Well, she walked away with money, so I believe her.
    And this guy is preaching rookie hazing is wrong?

  22. MLZ says: Aug 10, 2010 10:03 PM

    Dwight Freeney must not have gotten Peyton’s message (or maybe Peyton was only speaking for the offense) but as was reported on Stampede Blue July 30:
    Dwight Freeney would most certainly make Dez Bryant carry his pads at training camp:
    “Absolutely he has to carry it. It is what it is, I’m sorry. It’s one thing where you have teasing where you’re causing physical harm, I would more or less consider hazing. Really, a guy, you have to do this or you have to do that. We’re talking about shoulder pads. It’s more of a respect thing. Pay your dues. It’s one of those deals. We’re not asking you to do anything out of the ordinary or crazy. It’s been passed off and a tradition from year to year to year to year.”

  23. Cake Or Death says: Aug 10, 2010 10:11 PM

    Payton Manning doesn’t haze his rookies. Forcing someone to carry his oversized helmet is against the Geneva conventions.

  24. Favre'sDirtyWranglers says: Aug 10, 2010 10:13 PM

    Once again Captain Douche has came to the rescue.

  25. Gautam says: Aug 10, 2010 10:34 PM

    @milehiclown, I hope you have read the story about Manning being furious at an offensive lineman for leaving early to attend to his newborn child.

  26. patpatriotagain says: Aug 10, 2010 10:40 PM

    I absolutely hate peyton, but MAN, i would have loved to hear that from a certain Tom Brady.
    Treat them like men and they will act like it

  27. CKL says: Aug 11, 2010 3:00 AM

    #
    # MLZ says: August 10, 2010 10:03 PM
    Dwight Freeney must not have gotten Peyton’s message (or maybe Peyton was only speaking for the offense) but as was reported on Stampede Blue July 30:
    Dwight Freeney would most certainly make Dez Bryant carry his pads at training camp:
    “Absolutely he has to carry it. It is what it is, I’m sorry. It’s one thing where you have teasing where you’re causing physical harm, I would more or less consider hazing. Really, a guy, you have to do this or you have to do that. We’re talking about shoulder pads. It’s more of a respect thing. Pay your dues. It’s one of those deals. We’re not asking you to do anything out of the ordinary or crazy. It’s been passed off and a tradition from year to year to year to year.”
    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    Nice find! Peyme doesn’t think about his defense until it’s time for him to find someone to throw under the bus when he effs up. It’s appaling how he’s spoken of them.

  28. numberfour says: Aug 11, 2010 7:38 AM

    Treat them like men and they haze them if they dont return in kind and act like men

  29. FoF says: Aug 11, 2010 7:46 AM

    Manning doesn’t haze rookies, just the veterans. For example, all the times he has thrown them under the bus. That was some good hazing there.

  30. UrMomToldMe2TellUHi says: Aug 11, 2010 7:53 AM

    why?? they are “freshman in a frat(ernity) house”. in some cases they are freshman making more money than the upper classman. who cares, as long as nobody gets hurt. having to sing your school fight song, carry an extra set of shoulder pads, or have a dumb haircut for a day or two isn’t hurting anyone; except for a couple ego’s.

  31. footballfan says: Aug 11, 2010 3:27 PM

    Until Dez Bryant cried I never really heard much about the hazing in the NFL. Must normally be a non issue. Funny how the golden boy and Freeney don’t seem to agree.

  32. BCGreg says: Aug 11, 2010 11:44 PM

    @ The Wizard
    The Patriots make the rookies slide through the grass after they soak it with water (like a slip and slide). Hardly hazing. As a matter of fact, in the heat in Mass. this summer, I’m sure it felt good.
    Carrying shoulder pads is not hazing.
    Getting a silly haircut is not hazing.
    Physical abuse and emotional abuse is hazing.
    You overly sensitive, pc crowd have to stop. Yes, there is a line that can be crossed, but these activities don’t cross it.
    UrMomToldMe2TellUHi had it right. As long as only egos get hurt, then no problem. The point is to bring down the egos of the rookies and humble them. This is why they do this.
    Is making the rookie buy dinner or fetch the donuts or the coffee hazing? No. Get over it.

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