While sitting at the Football Night in America desk with Tony Dungy, waiting for our post-game segment moderated by Bob Costas, Tony and I were watching and listening to Michele Tafoya interviews of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Colts linebacker Robert Mathis, and ultimately Colts cornerback Vontae Davis.
“Well, we had a good week of practice,” Davis said. “We prepared really hard for Tom Brady.”
Tony and I looked at each other and I said to him, or he said to me, “Did he just say Tom Brady?”
As Bob Costas pointed out after the interview ended, indeed Davis did.
Davis, who scored plenty of points in these parts when he was traded suddenly and abruptly before the cameras on Hard Knocks and responded by saying that he needed to call his grandma, surely misspoke. But it was fitting for Davis to refer to Peyton Manning as, of all people, Tom Brady for the final punctuation to an evening that started out great for Peyton but quickly went downhill for the man who was making his homecoming to Indianapolis.