The sting of a 43-8 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks was still setting in for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos when Washington governor Jay Inslee noticed Manning walking the tunnels of MetLife Stadium late Sunday night.
Inslee saw Manning exiting the stadium with an understandably dejected look on his face after throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble on a sack.
Inslee – apparently feeling like he could cheer up Manning – decided to introduce himself and give Manning a pep talk.
“I just went up to him and introduced myself as the governor of the state of Washington and I shook his hand,” Inslee said, via Andrew Garber of the Seattle Times. “And I said ‘I know this is a really tough game for you, but there will be others and hang in there’ because I kind of wanted to console him.”
Manning wasn’t interested in Inslee’s olive branch.
“He looked down at me like he was going to break me in half,” Inslee said. “It was sort of like ‘whatever, dude’ and he walked away. My therapy didn’t work too well.”