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Josh Norman heaps praise on “P Freaking M”

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If Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is looking for bulletin board material from Carolina quote machine Josh Norman, Peyton will be waiting almost as long as his receivers wait for one of his floating passes to return to earth. Norman heaped praise on Manning in a Thursday session with reporters.

He’s ‘The Sheriff,’ man. I’ve admired him since I grew up,” Norman said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. “I have a lot of respect for that guy. . . . Even though he’s got some age on him, he’s ‘The Sheriff.’ If I even get the ball from him, if he throws an interception or something and the guy allows me to be there for it, I’m probably going to bow to him. That’s how much I really think about a guy.”

Norman said his friends have reminded the fourth-year cornerback that he’ll be facing a guy who has been a cornerstone of the NFL for a generation.

“That’s P Freaking M, the guy you’ve been idolizing,” Norman said. “I’ve played the Colts on the game system. . . . This is the guy we’re facing, man. It’s so unbelievably great that God would allow it to happen this way.”

Norman is hoping God doesn’t want Peyton Manning to end his career with a Super Bowl win.

“It’s probably going to be his last game. I know he wants to go out with a bang,” Norman said. “I’m rooting for him, but shoot, I want that ring. I’ll do everything I can to minimize what he likes to do, but at the same time, I respect the heck out of the guy. We’ll see what happens.”

The Panthers instantly became the favorite for Super Bowl 50, and there’s a sense that Carolina’s defense will be able to easily handle the Denver offense. But as an aging broadcaster has said many times over the decades, that’s why they play the games. And the last game of the season could go either way.

Even if it feels like Carolina will indeed be shooting the Sheriff, along with all of his deputies.

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  1. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jan 29, 2016 12:53 AM

    I just don’t see how the Panthers move the ball against Denver. If Cam and Co. are not easily scoring like they have been doing all season, how will they react? Will they make mistakes since it is such an unfamiliar territory for them?

  2. joedirte says: Jan 29, 2016 12:55 AM

    He’s about to make some crazy money

  3. TeeHeeLOLatPatssHaters says: Jan 29, 2016 1:00 AM

    Josh Norman recognizes the GOAT when he sees him. :)

  4. streetyson says: Jan 29, 2016 1:09 AM

    “I’ve played the Colts on the game system. . . This is the guy we’re facing, man. It’s so unbelievably great that God would allow it to happen this way.”
    ——————-
    Dear Lord! Yes Josh, God – if He (or She) exists – has so little to do these days that He watches all the NFL and your computer games, and wants to specifically reward you by engineering event-paths that effect a great many people just so that Peyton will be your opponent in this Super Bowl. Anyway, God ain’t happy that some team knocked the Seahawks out, so better stock up on some Jesus Juice to commiserate with…

  5. fyxias says: Jan 29, 2016 1:13 AM

    I’m so glad that, so far, there is not any of the smack talking going on, like before the Broncos-Pats game. I have a huge amount of respect for Peyton. I want to see the Panthers win, but I like Peyton.

    Josh Norman is a riot.

  6. srrphoenix says: Jan 29, 2016 1:50 AM

    Even though a lot of people are thinking this game could be a repeat of two years ago, I think it’s going to be a lot closer than Superbowl 48. Carolina obviously has the edge, but the Denver Defense should keep the broncos in the game. Peyton Manning needs to play mistake free football(which is a daunting task, obviously). The turnover margin will be absolutely huge in this game. Looking forward to it!

  7. pantherfan1973299 says: Jan 29, 2016 3:26 AM

    Like that guy in Falling Down said..”Wait, I’m the bad guy?”

  8. pittsburghdamned says: Jan 29, 2016 3:50 AM

    Odd. Odell would have talked trash if offered the same chance to speak…

  9. therealzeitgeist says: Jan 29, 2016 3:51 AM

    As Bronco fan I find it unfortunate when opponents are classy, it makes it hard to hate them. If I recall correctly, this was guy who had to deal with Beckham’s meltdown in Giants game. Obviously he can keep it together.

  10. mzew233 says: Jan 29, 2016 5:10 AM

    Anyone actually heard the newscaster from Vegas taking about how Ed Hocculi was assigned by Roger for the game. And how Godell’s nieces are talking at soccer games how Tom Brady is the devil…. at age 8.

    Tom Brady will and always will be the Better NFL QB. Just because the NFL allows Manning to win a few games and let the city of Denver make money. Doesn’t matter.

    Theres no doubt in my mind Tom Brady will GET to 7 consecutive AFC Championship appearances, and win a 5th Super Bowl while manning joins a booth somewhere. Enjoy it now while you can Denver fans. Your franchise is going back 10 years after this. Dont let me see you in LoDo next year when we come here, thinking Brock is going to run the tables in the AFC.
    Your QB is like a Mario Lemieux, while We have wayne Gretzky who never got traded.

  11. wayne1693 says: Jan 29, 2016 5:55 AM

    Perhaps the question comes down to whether an extra week of studying habits & tendencies & weaknesses, ever helped the Sheriff capture the Outlaws…?

  12. ctiggs says: Jan 29, 2016 6:57 AM

    Good article. … fans forget that players are huge fans to.

  13. jtm12180 says: Jan 29, 2016 7:17 AM

    Fun fact of the day: I recently spoke with a guy at our church that played with Norman and were roommates at CCU. I asked him if Norman is letting fame go to his head or if it’s just for show/gamesmanship. He said he acts the way he does to gain an edge, it’s not who he really is. Said he’s the most polite guy there is, always using “yes ma’am no ma’am.” It was good to hear because I was wondering if his ego was inflating from the fame.

  14. intrafinesse says: Jan 29, 2016 7:40 AM

    I hope its a good game, and not a blow out.

  15. dualprime says: Jan 29, 2016 8:01 AM

    Sounds like genuine respect! Gotta admire that.

  16. randomguy9999 says: Jan 29, 2016 8:08 AM

    Cam will do his jumping jack celebration like it’s the high school homecoming game… or a music video… when they are ahead with 11 minutes to go.

    If you watch the Brady, Manning, Manning, Rodgers, Brees crowd… I don’t care what the score is… when the D is on the field, they are looking at the play rundowns, discussing protection with the line, modifying plays with the WRs, working up options with the RBs, talking to the coaches about the next series strategy, or a million other things that serious, epic QBs do.

    Not making fools of themselves by being a 14 year old goofball and wasting valuable time that could really make a difference

    There are lots of QBs that did or currently do that, or chill out with a beverage on the bench, or do a bunch of joke cracking with the teammates, or zone out…

    an example comes to mind from a few years back… Jets at Dolphins, Jets down by 4 with no timeouts and about 3 minutes left, Dolphins just got the ball deep in Phins territory, but the Jets are surging on D so the Jets are gonna get one last chance to win…. critical situation where it’s going to be on the QB to save the day and play a top flight 2 minute drill, so CBS does a closeup on the QB and what’s he doing? Chilling with a Gatorade under an umbrella laughing like crazy with a team mate…. the QB? Mark Sanchez….

    reality: Cam has won a lot of games by saving the day with raw, stellar talent when his team just laid down on a lead, but he’s got a choice…. grow into a professional,4 real franchise QB, or be a goofball / Sanchez / fillintheblankhere ….

    if he’s a goofball against the Broncs next week, lead or no, he’s s gonna lose, because P freakin M is very much up to it

  17. admissionhacker says: Jan 29, 2016 8:15 AM

    It’s great to see the Panthers showing respect for everything Manning’s done for the game. Classy.

  18. nfl1818 says: Jan 29, 2016 8:17 AM

    A quote machine.

  19. bunglesandbears says: Jan 29, 2016 8:41 AM

    I’ve got to hand it to Manning. As careers go, his has been stellar and win lose or draw this is a fantastic way for him to ride off into the sunset…

    Please don’t pull a Brett Favre/Kobe Bryant/Derek Jeter and make your last year(s) forgettable.

  20. pillowflip says: Jan 29, 2016 8:48 AM

    Somewhere, Richard Sherman is asking his publicist to interpret this article for him.

  21. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Jan 29, 2016 8:50 AM

    “Even if it feels like Carolina will indeed be shooting the Sheriff, along with all of his deputies.”

    The past few years the media has been telling me this is heated rhetoric that has no place in our society.

  22. thisguy124 says: Jan 29, 2016 8:56 AM

    Josh’s enthusiasm about everything gets me so pumped, makes me want to go play football again lol Dude is just so passionate about everything he says. Also, he is right. This coming from a Panthers fan, NO ONE should ever rule out one of the best QB’s to play the game just because he is looking old. Peyton is still capable of having one of those games and hoepfully it isn’t against the Panthers:)

  23. thetroofishere says: Jan 29, 2016 9:04 AM

    Panthers in a blowout. 42 to 17. You seen it here first.

  24. tqaztec says: Jan 29, 2016 9:16 AM

    He has to tone it down. Why can’t he be more like Cam?

  25. jimnsota says: Jan 29, 2016 9:31 AM

    Can’t wait to see PM do his superman impression, oh wait wrong guy that’s Camera Newton…

  26. silvernblacksabbath says: Jan 29, 2016 9:49 AM

    U.S.S. P Freaking M

  27. rogerdw66 says: Jan 29, 2016 9:57 AM

    Peyton has to be one of the most respected players in the league. Brady is one of the most hated. It’s not all about skill. You have to have a little class to go along with it.

  28. tajuara says: Jan 29, 2016 10:01 AM

    Anyone actually heard the newscaster from Vegas taking about how Ed Hocculi was assigned by Roger for the game. And how Godell’s nieces are talking at soccer games how Tom Brady is the devil…. at age 8.

    —————————————————–

    Ed Hochuli had no effect whatsover in the outcome of the AFCCG. That was a game that was lost by NE and won by DEN, no refs involved.

  29. brafootball says: Jan 29, 2016 10:07 AM

    randomguy9999 says:
    Jan 29, 2016 8:08 AM
    Cam will do his jumping jack celebration like it’s the high school homecoming game… or a music video… when they are ahead with 11 minutes to go.

    If you watch the Brady, Manning, Manning, Rodgers, Brees crowd… I don’t care what the score is… when the D is on the field, they are looking at the play rundowns, discussing protection with the line, modifying plays with the WRs, working up options with the RBs, talking to the coaches about the next series strategy, or a million other things that serious, epic QBs do.

    Not making fools of themselves by being a 14 year old goofball and wasting valuable time that could really make a difference

    There are lots of QBs that did or currently do that, or chill out with a beverage on the bench, or do a bunch of joke cracking with the teammates, or zone out…

    an example comes to mind from a few years back… Jets at Dolphins, Jets down by 4 with no timeouts and about 3 minutes left, Dolphins just got the ball deep in Phins territory, but the Jets are surging on D so the Jets are gonna get one last chance to win…. critical situation where it’s going to be on the QB to save the day and play a top flight 2 minute drill, so CBS does a closeup on the QB and what’s he doing? Chilling with a Gatorade under an umbrella laughing like crazy with a team mate…. the QB? Mark Sanchez….

    reality: Cam has won a lot of games by saving the day with raw, stellar talent when his team just laid down on a lead, but he’s got a choice…. grow into a professional,4 real franchise QB, or be a goofball / Sanchez / fillintheblankhere ….

    if he’s a goofball against the Broncs next week, lead or no, he’s s gonna lose, because P freakin M is very much up to it

    ————

    oh my god, step away from the computer

  30. bullcharger says: Jan 29, 2016 10:10 AM

    tajuara says:
    Jan 29, 2016 10:01 AM

    Anyone actually heard the newscaster from Vegas taking about how Ed Hocculi was assigned by Roger for the game. And how Godell’s nieces are talking at soccer games how Tom Brady is the devil…. at age 8.

    —————————————————–

    Ed Hochuli had no effect whatsover in the outcome of the AFCCG. That was a game that was lost by NE and won by DEN, no refs involved.

    ———–

    I agree. He made two questionable calls in the game. One PI call on the Broncos. One PI non-call on the Patriots. They also weren’t bad calls. Just maybe borderline calls. Neither impacted the outcome IMO.

  31. ikeclanton says: Jan 29, 2016 10:14 AM

    rogerdw66 says:
    Jan 29, 2016 9:57 AM
    Peyton has to be one of the most respected players in the league. Brady is one of the most hated. It’s not all about skill. You have to have a little class to go along with it.

    ———-

    You guys have completely let your hate of the Patriots get in the way of good sense. How does Tom Brady have no class exactly? He’s always conducted himself with the utmost class throughout his entire career. Peyton has as well. I can name a ton of other QB’s who haven’t, but not these two.

    People love to just make things up to fit their agenda. Don’t worry, when the Patriots aren’t a dynasty anymore, maybe you’ll be able to rationalize your feelings about them again.

  32. knockknockwhosthereowen says: Jan 29, 2016 10:17 AM

    randomguy9999 says:
    Jan 29, 2016 8:08 AM
    Cam will do his jumping jack celebration like it’s the high school homecoming game… or a music video… when they are ahead with 11 minutes to go.

    ….etc.

    __________________________________

    you sound like a lot of fun.

  33. bullcharger says: Jan 29, 2016 10:23 AM

    rogerdw66 says:
    Jan 29, 2016 9:57 AM

    Peyton has to be one of the most respected players in the league. Brady is one of the most hated. It’s not all about skill. You have to have a little class to go along with it.

    —————–

    When he was making the Manning face losing to the Steelers in 2005, nobody loved Peyton.
    I certainly used to hate him, but his public persona in commercials, SNL etc. makes you believe he is a cool guy. He softened up his competitive edge for public consumption.
    Since then really he also became a better team guy. Losing humbles players. I think he appreciates the game more and around 2006 he became willing to share the glory and hand off and get wins what ever way he can. I certainly have respected him now for a long time.

    As for Brady, I am biased, but he isn’t what the haters make him out to be. He’s also a good guy and team first guy who is loved by his friends and teammates. Just much more private, which never helps with public perception, and way more competitively intense. Peyton used the be the more intense one. Not any more.

    He bothers people because he wins and he competes, and he whines on the field and he’s good looking and he has a Super Model wife. He’s easy to hate. He isn’t the every man with his Ugg boots and Tag watches.

    That’s a pretty honest depiction of how a multimillionaire lives though. He’s not being fake.

    Not that I mind the commercials, but I don’t think old Peyton watches much Direct TV or eats much Papa John pizza. It’s not very true to who he is, but it’s far more relatable.

    Despite what some think of Brady, don’t forget he was leading the league this year in jersey sales. He also very beloved. Just a more polarizing figure.

    Deflate gate didn’t help with that either.

    All that said, I don’t think you can truly question the class of either of them. Both of them are all class to me.

  34. mmack66 says: Jan 29, 2016 10:25 AM

    rogerdw66 says:
    Jan 29, 2016 9:57 AM

    Peyton has to be one of the most respected players in the league. Brady is one of the most hated. It’s not all about skill. You have to have a little class to go along with it.
    —————————-

    Winning breeds contempt.

    Please name one thing that Tom Brady has done that is classless. He goes about his business, and he doesn’t trash talk anyone.

  35. bullcharger says: Jan 29, 2016 10:26 AM

    thetroofishere says:
    Jan 29, 2016 9:04 AM

    Panthers in a blowout. 42 to 17. You seen it here first.

    —————

    I saw it somewhere else first.

  36. TeeHeeLOLatPatssHaters says: Jan 29, 2016 10:29 AM

    mzew233 says:
    Jan 29, 2016 5:10 AM
    Anyone actually heard the newscaster from Vegas taking about how Ed Hocculi was assigned by Roger for the game. And how Godell’s nieces are talking at soccer games how Tom Brady is the devil…. at age 8.
    ****
    Patriot fan just can’t help himself, has to make excuses for why they lost. He has to puff his chest because deep down inside he feels inferior.

    Maybe it’s because of Brady’s 1 – 3 record vs Manning in championship games.:)

    Super Bowl 50 no revenge, sorry
    Thump!
    TB12 loses again

  37. dvdman123 says: Jan 29, 2016 10:36 AM

    This game may go into OT.

  38. bullcharger says: Jan 29, 2016 10:48 AM

    TeeHeeLOLatPatssHaters says:
    Jan 29, 2016 1:00 AM

    Josh Norman recognizes the GOAT when he sees him.:)

    ———-

    If you make a list of the best QB in the history of every NFL franchise, does Peyton make the list?

  39. jvw1982 says: Jan 29, 2016 10:52 AM

    It must be weird to grow up watching guys play football on tv when your a kid and then you make it to the nfl and play against the guy…..bitter sweet to beat an idol….

  40. realdealsteel says: Jan 29, 2016 11:05 AM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jan 29, 2016 12:53 AM
    I just don’t see how the Panthers move the ball against Denver. If Cam and Co. are not easily scoring like they have been doing all season, how will they react? Will they make mistakes since it is such an unfamiliar territory for them?
    ——————————————————————-

    Your drunk. The question is how is Peyton going to move the ball on the Panthers?? Panthers have faced the top defenses all season long. They just beat two top 5 defenses in a row.

    But the Broncos will have so many 3 and outs, it will wear down the Broncos defense. Easy Panther win.

  41. mmack66 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:26 AM

    Seattle’s defense is ranked second, and the gap between them and Denver’s defense is negligible, and Carolina dropped 31 on them before Seattle knew what hit them.

    It’s either going to be a blowout in favor of Carolina, or a 10-6 sort of game, still in favor of Carolina.

  42. swineflooo says: Jan 29, 2016 11:31 AM

    Panthers 67 broncos 6

  43. swineflooo says: Jan 29, 2016 11:36 AM

    Maybe it’s because of Brady’s 1 – 3 record vs Manning in championship games.:)

    Super Bowl 50 no revenge, sorry
    Thump!
    TB12 loses again

    Haha compare their playoff records. Manning is the master of one and done. How many times has he pooped himself in big games.
    We will see this again against the panthers. And the broncos won despite manning. If it wasnt for osweiller and their d, the broncos wouldnt be going to the superbowl

  44. realityonetwo says: Jan 29, 2016 11:36 AM

    “P freaking M”

    That’s what Broncos fans are gonna be saying after the game.

  45. thebirdofprey says: Jan 29, 2016 11:40 AM

    That Bronco fan said he doesn’t see how the Panthers will move the ball. They said the same thing versus Seahawk in their Super Bowl.

    Panthers can run the ball unlike NE. They have a stud running back that ran for over 100 yards at Seattle who hadn’t given up a 100 yard rusher in 2 years.

    Newton also needs another player to account for him due to his running ability. So that’s one less pass rusher or one less in coverage. Denver will have to play great on both sides of the ball to keep it a contest.

  46. ninerfan81 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:59 AM

    better be ready, if that old man has a bag of tricks he will use every single one of them…I’d bet my paycheck that his arm will look like it did when he was a rookie lol…this is just a hunch

  47. sundog05 says: Jan 29, 2016 12:04 PM

    I understand why the Panthers are favoured but what is overlooked is that the heart and soul of the Panthers defence has a broken arm he foolishly thinks he can play through. If Smith is ineffective and/or is benched or can’t play, it will have an impact on the game. Omaha!!

  48. bullcharger says: Jan 29, 2016 12:09 PM

    thebirdofprey says:
    Jan 29, 2016 11:40 AM

    That Bronco fan said he doesn’t see how the Panthers will move the ball. They said the same thing versus Seahawk in their Super Bowl.

    Panthers can run the ball unlike NE. They have a stud running back that ran for over 100 yards at Seattle who hadn’t given up a 100 yard rusher in 2 years.

    Newton also needs another player to account for him due to his running ability. So that’s one less pass rusher or one less in coverage. Denver will have to play great on both sides of the ball to keep it a contest.

    ———————

    Couldn’t agree more.

    The whole game comes down to if Denver’s defense can stop the run. That was never going to be an issue against NE.

    If they somehow stop the run then all their other defensive schemes will work fine. They will rush Cam and cover receivers.

    I just don’t see that happening. They will have to do something else to stop the run and it will slow down the pass rush and open up the passing game.

    If Peyton could go down the field and get a 7 on his first drive like he did against the Patriots that would help the Denver D to stay aggressive, but I don’t see that happening against Carolina.

    Seattle and Arizona had pretty good defenses. Denver may be better, but not astronomically.

  49. bullcharger says: Jan 29, 2016 12:12 PM

    TeeHeeLOLatPatssHaters says:
    Jan 29, 2016 10:29 AM

    mzew233 says:
    Jan 29, 2016 5:10 AM
    Anyone actually heard the newscaster from Vegas taking about how Ed Hocculi was assigned by Roger for the game. And how Godell’s nieces are talking at soccer games how Tom Brady is the devil…. at age 8.
    ****
    Patriot fan just can’t help himself, has to make excuses for why they lost. He has to puff his chest because deep down inside he feels inferior.

    Maybe it’s because of Brady’s 1 – 3 record vs Manning in championship games.:)

    Super Bowl 50 no revenge, sorry
    Thump!
    TB12 loses again

    ————————–

    1-3 is what Manning will be in Super Bowls if he loses. The Patriots game is over. Manning has to worry about this game now.

    Patriots fans got our Super Bowl last year. We’ll live.

  50. mmack66 says: Jan 29, 2016 12:58 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Jan 29, 2016 12:09 PM

    Seattle and Arizona had pretty good defenses. Denver may be better, but not astronomically.
    —————————

    Seattle’s defense and Denver’s defense are statistically virtually the same.

    Carolina is averaging 35 points a game in the playoffs, and Denver is averaging 21 points, against lesser opponents.

  51. taeh324 says: Jan 29, 2016 1:02 PM

    sundog05 umm Thomas Davis is the one with a broken arm not whoever this Smith guy is. Also Luke Kuechly is the heart and soul of the defense.

  52. alohakyle says: Jan 29, 2016 1:10 PM

    P Freaking M, Sheriff… those are good. But Captain America (Kuechly) may be the nest nickname.

  53. mmack66 says: Jan 29, 2016 2:50 PM

    ninerfan81 says:
    Jan 29, 2016 11:59 AM

    better be ready, if that old man has a bag of tricks he will use every single one of them…I’d bet my paycheck that his arm will look like it did when he was a rookie lol…this is just a hunch
    ————————

    It already does, if not slightly worse.

  54. snowdood163 says: Jan 29, 2016 9:32 PM

    Mmack66, it just KILLS you that the Broncos beat the Pats, doesn’t it?

  55. breadmeatcheese says: Feb 1, 2016 8:39 AM

    Josn Norman is a Bigot .

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