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DeAngelo Williams stands by claim that Peyton was “garbage” in 2015

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Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams took some criticism on Monday for breaking up the near-unanimous praise for the retiring Peyton Manning by tweeting that Manning stunk last year. A day later, Williams sees no reason to back off his claims.

“He was garbage last year,” Williams said on Mike & Mike.

Williams claimed that some people have taken his tweets out of context, but he said his tweets about Manning being terrible last year were 100 percent true.

“I stand behind all my tweets. If I tweeted it and I said it, I am not apologizing for it,” Williams said.

There are two issues with Williams’ criticism of Manning. The first is whether it was accurate. The second is whether the day of Manning’s retirement was the right time for it.

On the first, Williams is right: Manning stunk last year. It was by far the worst season of Manning’s career, and he was one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the league.

But on the second, Williams’ timing was odd: On a day when everyone was celebrating one of the all-time great NFL careers (and perhaps the greatest retirement speech since Lou Gehrig’s), it just felt like the wrong time to unleash a barrage of tweets criticizing Manning. Williams, however, seems to be enjoying the social media attention.

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157 Responses to “DeAngelo Williams stands by claim that Peyton was “garbage” in 2015”
  1. jjackwagon says: Mar 8, 2016 9:01 AM

    Look at Mannings numbers for 2015, Williams is right.

  2. wjmoffatt says: Mar 8, 2016 9:02 AM

    And why should he? The Broncos wouldn’t even allow him to throw the ball on third down in the fourth quarter of the super bowl. Peyton was a terrible QB this past season but excellent for his career.
    If you think different I challenge you to go rewatch some of those games and see how fortunate he was.

  3. rollotomasi14 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:03 AM

    He was garbage this season.

  4. jakeman21co says: Mar 8, 2016 9:04 AM

    Dude wishes he had won a ring and could ride off in the sunset. Sore loser.

  5. nhpats says: Mar 8, 2016 9:05 AM

    Williams’ numbers have been garbage every year he has been in the league. He should know.

  6. infectorman says: Mar 8, 2016 9:06 AM

    so classy, this guy.

    He makes it so easy to get behind him and his stances on things…

    These NFL players should really take a long hard look at how idiotic they are to the world in general. This league is getting harder and harder to root for. Losing interest fast

    #cantfixstupid

  7. shackdelrio says: Mar 8, 2016 9:06 AM

    The media and fans get mad when players talk in cliches.

    The media and fans get mad when players speak their minds.

    They can’t win.

  8. stealthjunk says: Mar 8, 2016 9:07 AM

    When Williams hangs up his cleats, will anyone even notice or care? I guess we’ll find out in another year or two — stay tuned!

  9. TB12RALLYCRY says: Mar 8, 2016 9:07 AM

    He spoke the truth …….just the wrong time and dont think Manning deserved that after such a stellar career….poor taste by Williams

  10. collectordude says: Mar 8, 2016 9:07 AM

    Only thing that matters is the RING!

  11. Frum Slum says: Mar 8, 2016 9:08 AM

    What’s the point in being THAT guy? Does he think people will think he’s a better running back if he can convince people that Peyton isn’t a good QB?

    That’s weak. That’s the kind of catty BS females on reality shows do. Real corny.

  12. 700levelvet says: Mar 8, 2016 9:08 AM

    “I stand behind all my tweets”…Wow, that’s some strong words… Lol.. Nothing says your a man more …

  13. metrocritical says: Mar 8, 2016 9:08 AM

    Deangelo Williams is garbage. Have a little sense of respect and perspective, you who will have a career 1/3 as long and without 2 Super Bowl rings.

  14. quickbooks12 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:09 AM

    I’d rather have this:

    “I stand behind all my tweets. If I tweeted it and I said it, I am not apologizing for it,” Williams said.

    than these guys deleted tweets and posts after they get backlash. Have a backbone for me.

  15. elyasm says: Mar 8, 2016 9:10 AM

    Not one of the worst, THE worst. 34th out of 34 starting QBs last year. Now, it might be a bit tasteless to point that out during his retirement party, but no one has ever accused the Steelers (outside of ownership, whom I respect greatly) of having an overabundance of class.

  16. pmp300300 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:11 AM

    And the sky is blue.

    This is nothing but an attention grabber. “Look at me!!” I had respect for DeAngelo with his fight to where pink honoring his mother all season long, but I lost a little respect here. There’s a more classy way of saying Manning was ‘garbage’ in 2015. We all know he didn’t play well. Thanks for pointing that out DeAngelo. Stay classy.

  17. fritz96 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:12 AM

    Manning had a poor regular season when he was hurt, but he was decent in the playoffs. NE and Carolina have good defenses but Manning still had more TDs than INTs.

  18. hbudgess says: Mar 8, 2016 9:14 AM

    Very classless comments by Williams! Payton’s skills did deline in 2015 but I certainly will miss him on Sports Center!

  19. metalman5150 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:14 AM

    While we all can agree that Manning didn’t exactly light it up, last year…..

    Manning ad crew walked away with a SB ring and D Williams did not so…. there is always that.

  20. conormacleod says: Mar 8, 2016 9:14 AM

    And I stand by my statement that he is a DB. Some people need to tear others down to feel better about themselves. They will always be losers.

  21. Kapodaco says: Mar 8, 2016 9:14 AM

    It’s not so much that what he said was wrong, it’s that the timing in which he said it was incredibly disgraceful. The day one of the greatest players of all time retires and he decides he wants to smear his legacy by pointing out the bad instead of the good. Kind of like, for example, talking about a momma’s alcoholism during her funeral.

    Y’know?

  22. suhmonster90 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:16 AM

    Is there evidence to suggest he’s enjoying the social media attention?

  23. jagsfanugh says: Mar 8, 2016 9:16 AM

    Water is wet also. Anyone with 2 eyes could see that.

  24. In Teddy We Trust says: Mar 8, 2016 9:16 AM

    If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

    Unless it’s about the Packers.

  25. 74life says: Mar 8, 2016 9:17 AM

    Yes Manning had 1 bad season. His career is remarkable. Williams is a classless moron who will never be in any Hall of Fame conversation and won’t even have a retirement ceremony. No one will miss him when he’s gone. Back to the bench when Bell returns this season.

  26. xilikemenx says: Mar 8, 2016 9:17 AM

    Typical Steelers’ class. Hey Williams, stick to your Iron City beer and barfights. It’s all you know.

  27. terripet says: Mar 8, 2016 9:17 AM

    Williams look at your career and look at Manning’s enough said you will be just another player who people will forget about a year after your done playing.

  28. blessedunliketherest says: Mar 8, 2016 9:17 AM

    Used to be a fan of Deangelo Williams. He played hard, had humility, and was sincere in his outreach/awareness of breast cancer, having lost his mother.

    Now, he just seems bitter. Not sure why – his career was resurrected with Bell going down. He should be happy people are even talking about him. Making negative comments about the best coach of all time and third best QB of all time within a month is not a good look.

  29. r8rstacey30 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:18 AM

    Never a bad time to tell the truth. Good for Williams. So tired of suck-ups and those claiming comments were taken out of context or their account was hacked.

  30. rhamrhoddy says: Mar 8, 2016 9:19 AM

    Marshawn kinda stepped on some toes when he tweeted his retirement within minutes of Peyton winning the Super Bowl in what was most likely his final game.

    Great tweet but the timing was off.

  31. ebr362 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:19 AM

    Says the man that only played because the starter was hurt for the season………

  32. shogunassasin30 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:20 AM

    Yeah because real men use social media and tweet. Lol, you’re a real man DeAngelo congrats. Was he wrong, no. Time and a place guy. Learn about it

  33. johnnybbaseball says: Mar 8, 2016 9:20 AM

    Williams hits the nail on the head IRT Manning but his timing is way off.

  34. pats74 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:21 AM

    He’s not wrong, but why say it?? It does nothing but reflect badly on him…

  35. bitw44 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:22 AM

    DeAngelo is right. However DeAngelo was garbage from 2010-2014. SO I don’t think he has any right to criticize Peyton

  36. blackstrat says: Mar 8, 2016 9:23 AM

    So Manning gets excoriated as an underachieving choke artist when he leads an undermanned Colts team to defeat in The Super Bowl and now having just retired post Super Bowl victory gets criticized by this no more than average running back (who has had his own issues with injuries robbing him of his skill set) for winning the ultimate prize on a clearly to see diminished skill set.
    So what that he is pointing out the obvious, This loser himself, criticizes one of the premier players in NFL history.

  37. accipiterq says: Mar 8, 2016 9:24 AM

    Good, I’m glad he stuck by his word. So tired of these morons and their instant outrage. Find something better to do with your time. Good on De for standing up.

  38. steelcurtainn says: Mar 8, 2016 9:25 AM

    Deangelo Williams is right but the timing is terrible. Manning stunk during the steeler game and throughout the playoffs but the defense did just enough to carry him out on top.

  39. nflequalswwe says: Mar 8, 2016 9:26 AM

    He’s not wrong!

  40. armorgan67 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:26 AM

    He did it yesterday for 1 reason and 1 reason only, to bring attention to himself and he definitely succeeded. We all know Peyton had a bad year but I didn’t hear or see any other player past or present say what he said yesterday. Maybe he’s jealous of Peyton or doesn’t like him personally or thought he was getting too much attention on the day he retired and had to rain on his parade.

  41. joetoronto says: Mar 8, 2016 9:26 AM

    He really did stink, he was the single worst QB in the whole league.

  42. randygnyc says: Mar 8, 2016 9:27 AM

    Williams- your comments on the day Manning announces his retirement say much more about you and your lack of class than I think you realize. Your lack of self control and your need for attention is a reflection on how poorly a job your mother did in raising you.

  43. rcampore says: Mar 8, 2016 9:29 AM

    Peyton played 18 years , had a bunch of neck surgeries, foot injury, broke every record a qb could break, had a hall of fame career and this loser talks about the one season he wasn’t great? In 10 years most people will have to google Deangelo Williams to find out who he is and realize based on his tweets that he was a jealous nobody.

  44. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 8, 2016 9:35 AM

    Peyton had 3 TDs and 7 INTs in the 2006-07 playoffs….

  45. miamibeak says: Mar 8, 2016 9:37 AM

    DeAngelo Williams= turd in the punch bowl

  46. ravforlife says: Mar 8, 2016 9:37 AM

    Look at Peyton’s full body of work. Shut up and let it go, you lost.

  47. bradygirl12 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:37 AM

    He’s right. Manning did stink. On the other hand, I think that athletes should not be allowed to have a Twitter account. All they do is cause trouble.

  48. claymus1 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:37 AM

    Since when is it even remotely OK to call another man garbage?….Boy, we have really become something….and I read about “class ” on here all the time…..and we wonder as a society why things are going downhill….You all talk about “respect”? He DID play poorly, but playing poorly is no indicator of being garbage…..common decency….not so common these days….sad.

  49. bullogne says: Mar 8, 2016 9:38 AM

    Peyton Manning can’t hear you because he has two Super Bowl rings plugged in his ears.

  50. beachsidejames says: Mar 8, 2016 9:39 AM

    Could you not have picked a better day to say the guy sucked. My guess is Deangelo won’t be asked to speak at Manning’s funeral.

  51. sb44champs says: Mar 8, 2016 9:39 AM

    Williams has been garbage since before the Panthers cut him… Comparing Peyton and Williams is like comparing apples to garbage..

  52. jagsfan1 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:39 AM

    No need to take a shot at Manning now that he is retiring.

    Now if he said he still wanted to play and was going to play somewhere else next season?

    Gloves come off and call him out for the noodle armed immobile fossil that he had become…

  53. littlescuppernong says: Mar 8, 2016 9:40 AM

    The subtext here is that he’s implying that it was insane that so many people criticized Cam over the season even though he played great, yet they have rewritten the script of last year to imply that Manning was great, which he was not.

  54. keylimelight says: Mar 8, 2016 9:40 AM

    The media’s coverage of this lout’s comments are equally as bad, content-wise, as DeMarco’s original boorish remarks.

  55. dsh97 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:45 AM

    I love the fact that D-Will is unwilling to polish a turd, just to save face for the general public. Tell it like it is, even if it hurts. Lying gets you nowhere.

  56. beachsidejames says: Mar 8, 2016 9:46 AM

    BTW Deangelo, how does your playoff record compare to that guy you say sucked last year?

  57. jgo304 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:46 AM

    Nice to see someone call it as it is!!!

  58. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 8, 2016 9:46 AM

    Either all that coal dust has gotten to his brain or he’s signed up for classes at Porter and Munchak University. Either way, I’m loving that this is the new face of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Six rings baby! We got 6 rings!!! LOL.

  59. r8erjay42 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:47 AM

    He’s right! Williams calling Manning garbage is actually being nice. He could of said worse…

  60. thraiderskin says: Mar 8, 2016 9:47 AM

    This is a hack reporting job… Why would you intentionally not talk about the entirety of the situation and context of his tweet in this story, where you even brought up the Mike and Mike interview? Shame on you, this is why we need to hold those who claim to be part of the Media accountable for their published works.

  61. fwippel says: Mar 8, 2016 9:48 AM

    Says the guy who’s team Manning defeated to advance to the AFC Championship game.

    Yeah, Manning had a down year in 2015. Yet he still walked away with a Super Bowl ring, and made enough plays down the stretch to help contribute to that championship. If Manning doesn’t replace Osweiler, that championship doesn’t happen.

    As for Williams, it’s too bad he didn’t learn what it means to behave with some class. On top of that, I’d rather have a QB who had a down year and still walks away with the SB ring, than be on the outside looking in.

  62. tajuara says: Mar 8, 2016 9:53 AM

    We all know that Manning had a terrible season, that’s hardly news, but the craving attention that Williams is portraying is sad and dumb at the same time. I really respected this guy when he took a stand to the NFL to support cancer fight, but then he has been showing how dumb he is, first with his BB comment and now this.

  63. rollotomasi14 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:00 AM

    It’s funny that some of you are taking shots at Williams because he’s taking shots at someone. Irony.

  64. yorkmustgo says: Mar 8, 2016 10:00 AM

    Jeez. Totally classless guy right there. At least Manning was 39 years old. What’s DeAngelo Williams excuse for the years he was garbage in Carolina BUT he was in his prime.

  65. ohand16 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:00 AM

    Compare Antonio Browns classy tweet re: Peyton to Williams comments and it’s easy to determine who is garbage, as a human being.

  66. mikeremmersisvonsturnstile says: Mar 8, 2016 10:01 AM

    Really DeAngelo? I hadn’t noticed that Peyton played poorly this year. Thank you for pointing that out. Without you, I NEVER would have know how Peyton’s year turned out.

    Signed

    No one.

  67. annes22 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:02 AM

    It’s classless that he would do that when Peyton was retiring.
    Of course he had to get himself on Mike and Mike to try to explain. Just keep quiet, you should be so lucky to ever be as successful as Peyton was. It’s too bad the media even wasted time talking about it, learn some manners looser.

  68. thetooloftools says: Mar 8, 2016 10:04 AM

    Social media is social cancer.

  69. CowboyErik says: Mar 8, 2016 10:05 AM

    Manning limped thru the season but got it done, Brock is the immeadiate future

  70. dtroxallday says: Mar 8, 2016 10:08 AM

    …says a back-up RB…

  71. footballboozer says: Mar 8, 2016 10:09 AM

    I’m so not going to his mothers funeral when she dies again.

  72. rollotomasi14 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:09 AM

    fwippel says:
    Mar 8, 2016 9:48 AM

    Says the guy who’s team Manning defeated to advance to the AFC Championship game.

    Yeah, Manning had a down year in 2015. Yet he still walked away with a Super Bowl ring, and made enough plays down the stretch to help contribute to that championship. If Manning doesn’t replace Osweiler, that championship doesn’t happen.
    ——————————–
    What? They would have won that championship with Osweiler.

  73. noteamforlosangeles says: Mar 8, 2016 10:10 AM

    Well, MeAngelo, at least he was there for his team in the playoffs…were you?

  74. sportfan2 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:12 AM

    I’m a Manning fan but would have benched him even sooner. But late in the year it was obvious Brock Osweiler was not going to lead them into the playoffs and they had to trust Manning. Even disabled as Manning was he helped his team win Superbowl.

  75. crindal3000 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:13 AM

    History will remember 1 of these 2 NFL players.

  76. myspaceyourface says: Mar 8, 2016 10:14 AM

    Williams may be right, but is it really necessary to disrespect another player like this. I’m a life long Steelers fan and just don’t think this is needed.

  77. senatorblutarsky says: Mar 8, 2016 10:14 AM

    manning was indeed garbage in 2015. But little did we know that he’s been garbage ever since he was in college.

  78. jasonculhane says: Mar 8, 2016 10:15 AM

    Whether it was right isn’t the issue. It was inappropriate and I hope someone tweets out, when Williams retires, “who cares” because no one will be at his press conference

  79. ost2020 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:17 AM

    Yes, he’s correct but the same could be said for all but 2-3 of the seasons that DeAngelo has played.

    Yesterday was about Peyton’s career, which was one of the best.

  80. bensux says: Mar 8, 2016 10:18 AM

    Oh I forgot when you’re injured you’re supposed to still be great…DW knows better

  81. danm1978 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:18 AM

    Yeah, Peyton didn’t have a good year. Peyton never said he had a good year, he said he didn’t play well.
    However, my mind is set firmly on the fact he said it yesterday because the two of the three teams Denver eliminated in the playoffs are
    1. His current team.
    2. His former team.
    And, maybe the Patriots are his kids favourite team too lol.

  82. patsrule59 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:18 AM

    Williams is 100% correct, although I don’t know why he felt compelled to take a shot at the guy on his way out the door. Still, he is right.

    It’s actually been kind of amusing to see all the Manning jock sniffers in the media doing a complete 180 compared to what they’ve said in the past about about Manning.

    For example, in the past, whenever they touted Manning as supposedly being the GOAT they would justify the opinion by saying “look at his stats”. Well, this year Manning had the WORST stats of any QB in the league, and so now these same people are saying “stats don’t tell the whole story”.

    Likewise, in the past, whenever Manning would go one-and-done in the playoffs, these rump swabs would say things like, “you can’t blame Manning. Football is a team game”. But now that Denver won the Super Bowl they’re saying how that cements Manning’s legacy. Really? What happened to football being a “team game”?

    We all know what happened this past year. Manning was terrible, but was able to ride a historically great defense to a championship. The Broncos know this as well, which is why they didn’t want him back.

  83. jvw1982 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:20 AM

    Not sure we are getting the full statement by Williams….he is telling us something that everyone already knew, Manning was benched last yr but bounced back to win his 2nd SB, he made enough plays with his arm to get it done…..on the day a person retires we celebrate his career and not the last yr he played……I’m no Manning fan, but now that he is retired I can say I enjoyed watching one the truly great QB to ever play the game…..and I will feel the same about Brady when his time comes, until then I hope he losses every game going forward…..

  84. isphet71 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:20 AM

    Manning wasn’t good, obviously.

    But to say what Manning did was garbage? That’s just not true. The word “garbage” implies that what Manning did was worthless. Manning did enough to win a ring. People really underestimate how important it is that Manning did enough to win. Especially considering what he had left in the tank when he did it. Most QBs in the league would have found a way to lose one of those games – a bad INT, or fumble, at a bad time, and poof game over.

    I bet almost EVERY player in the NFL wishes they had a “garbage” year like Manning’s. You know – one where he plays the single most important position on the field and the team wins the Super Bowl?

  85. realityonetwo says: Mar 8, 2016 10:21 AM

    The notion that Manning was “garbage” made his winning the Super Bowl all that more impressive.

  86. bullcharger says: Mar 8, 2016 10:22 AM

    First of all, how can a tweet be taken out of context if you have the poo emoji in it.

    Second, he got what he wanted. Publicity. What ever money that notoriety brings him was earned by Peyton.

    Third, the truth isn’t always the classy thing to say. Sometimes, the saying our parents taught us is true. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

    When one of the greatest players of all time retires, negatively commenting on his performance in the 18th year of his hall of fame career is definitely not classy regardless of if it is true or not.

    I am sure Williams won’t want someone standing up at his retirement party saying how he rode the bench in his last year and he sucked. Although that may be just what he can look forward to now.

  87. dx2nc says: Mar 8, 2016 10:23 AM

    Williams was right but seriously how desperate are you for a little attention?

  88. a1b24312 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:23 AM

    That’s not spaghetti, it’s linguini…

    Now it’s garbage!

  89. ickky says: Mar 8, 2016 10:24 AM

    It’s true. He was terrible last year. Still had a great carier.

  90. randomguy9999 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:25 AM

    Manning won the SB, so his stats just plain don’t matter

    Williams didn’t get it done and was watching from home

    there’s really nothing more to say

  91. gojags says: Mar 8, 2016 10:25 AM

    DeAngelo is Garbage all the time. Overdrafted, overhyped , less production, under achieved …. player DeAngelo Williams.

    You and your pink hair, get lost buddy.

  92. bullcharger says: Mar 8, 2016 10:29 AM

    danm1978 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 10:18 AM

    Yeah, Peyton didn’t have a good year. Peyton never said he had a good year, he said he didn’t play well.
    However, my mind is set firmly on the fact he said it yesterday because the two of the three teams Denver eliminated in the playoffs are
    1. His current team.
    2. His former team.
    And, maybe the Patriots are his kids favourite team too lol.

    ————————

    Peyton didn’t have a good year statistically, but he still had a great year. He won the freakin’ Super Bowl! That’s the goal. Not to get great stats. They weren’t likely going to win it with Brock. They might have actually lost that SD game and played in the WC round and would have had to go to Foxboro at a minimum. Peyton saved the day.

    By default, this was one of his two best seasons ever because the team achieved the ultimate goal.

    Ask him if it was better when he was personally dominating in 2009 and lost in the Super Bowl. Ask him if it was better in 2013 when he had his greatest statistical season ever and was blown out by Seattle. Ask him if it was nice when the Patriots beat him in the 2004 AFCCG when he was absolutely at his peak. I am sure the answer would be that this year was better.

  93. fritz96 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:29 AM

    Sure, but he did quite well in 2016…

  94. usedjock says: Mar 8, 2016 10:31 AM

    So Williams has had that great of a career so far that he can criticize one of the best to ever to play in the NFL? Ummm ok.

    I actually agree that he was pretty bad his last year but over his whole body of work he is one of the best ever.

  95. senatorblutarsky says: Mar 8, 2016 10:32 AM

    metrocritical says:
    Mar 8, 2016 9:08 AM

    Deangelo Williams is garbage. Have a little sense of respect and perspective …
    _________________________

    Sense of respect and perspective? Did manning have a sense of respect and perspective for Jamie Naughright? manning is the real garbage.

  96. thejuddstir says: Mar 8, 2016 10:32 AM

    No doubt Manning had the worst statistical year of his career but for someone who has forever been an under-achiever and irrelevant, this is laughable. No media should’ve even commented on Williams claim, it wasn’t newsworthy considering who it came from.

  97. charliecharger says: Mar 8, 2016 10:34 AM

    I wonderlic why someone would say something like that.

  98. ukcatsfan says: Mar 8, 2016 10:40 AM

    These quotes coming from a guy who was a back up in 2015 and wouldn’t have even played if not for an injury. Classy!

  99. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 8, 2016 10:40 AM

    If Manning played for New England and Belichick, he wins at least 5 SBs.

  100. reddzen says: Mar 8, 2016 10:40 AM

    D’Angelo Williams is a punk. Sure, Manning didn’t have his best athletic year, but his brains made the most of that offense when it counted. So what if the win was defense minded. He has a ring. You don’t.

    Williams needs to go back into his hole. He hasn’t had a 1000 yard season since ’09 and only had two of those in any case. So while he might not be terrible, he also isn’t very good when compared to elite backs. Wit the RB position in decline, he may want to watch what he says before it comes back to roost.

  101. weepingjebus says: Mar 8, 2016 10:42 AM

    My favorite was when he broke the all time passing record during a 4 INT game that got him benched. Without the defense he would have bookended his career with another 3-13.

  102. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 8, 2016 10:46 AM

    Maybe Steelers’ fans will stop looking through those gold-colored glasses and quit pretending their team walks on water. The only reason they went anywhere in the playoffs is because the Jets choked and the Steelers’ coaches turned the Cincy game into an uncontrollable melee. You guys have a lot of rebuilding to do so step aside and watch the grownups show you how it’s done.

  103. theavengerthatparties says: Mar 8, 2016 10:51 AM

    Says the guy who has under achieved.

  104. rcali says: Mar 8, 2016 10:52 AM

    Hmmmm, have to wonder if there is something more behind this. Media asleep at the wheel maybe or afraid to point out the obvious?

  105. anarchopurplism says: Mar 8, 2016 10:52 AM

    Factually correct & ethically unsound.

    Pretty odd though. DW is getting long in the tooth. Wonder if he realizes he might have to take his social media medicine sooner than he probably thinks?

  106. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:52 AM

    No question he played poorly.

    His playing career was awesome and that is what yesterday was all about. There is really no need to point out any ineptitude in his final season.

    The simple fact he is retiring is acknowledgment enough that his play was poor. If he had competed on any level of competence he would be returning for another season.

  107. junkmtb says: Mar 8, 2016 10:58 AM

    Williams spoke the truth just like the league pretty much gave him a SB title!!!! Wanted to make sure all of that happened for Manning!

  108. icup89 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:59 AM

    Wonder what kinda football player DeAngelo Williams will be at 39.

  109. grogantomorgan says: Mar 8, 2016 11:05 AM

    Dee Williams

    Still classless and irrelevant.

  110. hahalolrofl says: Mar 8, 2016 11:06 AM

    Thanks captain obvious.

    Small man syndrome in terms of height and career achievements.

  111. oscarxray says: Mar 8, 2016 11:09 AM

    Stand behind your tweets. No wonder everyone hates us.

  112. mullman76 says: Mar 8, 2016 11:17 AM

    Tweeter, Instabate and Facegram are the bane of society.

    It’s the ultimate, “Hey, check me out!” ploy.

    I do not subscribe to such time wasters, as PFT is my unfortunate vice.

    Williams is a punk and Peyton is going to the HOF.

    Who cares what the RB of a team owned by gamblers has to say?

  113. bryceharpersmojo says: Mar 8, 2016 11:17 AM

    Not that it would ever happen, but it would be hilarious if when Williams retires, Manning Tweets out “Williams was garbage this year, look at those pedestrian numbers”

  114. sidepull says: Mar 8, 2016 11:18 AM

    Truth hurts.
    Sympathy Lombardi. No more no less.

  115. denver1983 says: Mar 8, 2016 11:36 AM

    But DeAngelo was garbage the last few seasons in Carolina

  116. triggerdawg says: Mar 8, 2016 11:40 AM

    Sit back and show them how it’s done huh tebow? What go five and eleven? What a joke of a franchise!

  117. vicnocal says: Mar 8, 2016 11:41 AM

    Look at all these guys who obviously play too much FANTASY FOOTBALL thinking that the only thing that matters is stats. Peyton was banged up for a good chunk of the year, but when he came back he did enough things for his team to win the Super Bowl.

    Somebody above wrote: “Not one of the worst, THE worst. 34th out of 34 QBs this year.”

    Yeah? Well, if he was worse than the legendary Brock Osweiler, why did Coach Kubiak choose to play Peyton for the stretch run of the season instead of Brock? After all, stats are the only thing that matters, right?

  118. male101 says: Mar 8, 2016 11:41 AM

    Had a white player said the same thing about say Calvin Johnson or maybe an Adrian Peterson should he have a bad year, people would be calling him a racists and bigot. People like Wilbon an Stephen A would be all over him. Media double standard.

  119. jgammell34 says: Mar 8, 2016 11:42 AM

    TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Mar 8, 2016 10:46 AM
    Maybe Steelers’ fans will stop looking through those gold-colored glasses and quit pretending their team walks on water. The only reason they went anywhere in the playoffs is because the Jets choked and the Steelers’ coaches turned the Cincy game into an uncontrollable melee. You guys have a lot of rebuilding to do so step aside and watch the grownups show you how it’s done.

    A lot of rebuilding to do???????? are you freaking serious ?? you really don’t know football or you or so jealous of Pittsburgh that you have literally turned into a SSL lol

    Every smart fan on here regardless of their team affiliation would agree that Pittsburgh will compete for the super bowl next year and the only thing they need to shore up is their secondary

  120. kemp13 says: Mar 8, 2016 11:44 AM

    Greatest retirement speech since Gherig? Man, today’s sportswriters lean on hyperbole like a freaking crutch!

  121. meximyke says: Mar 8, 2016 11:46 AM

    Who listens to anyone, especially a so called man with PINK hair! I would like to be garbage and walk away with a ring!!! Something Deangela will never see!!!

  122. John Harbaugh Is A Sad, Whiney Middle Aged Woman says: Mar 8, 2016 11:48 AM

    Moron. Keep your piehole shut, every knows that Manning had a terrible year – there was absolutely no need to tweet that garbage. Manning went out with class and style, why try to crap all over it? Tomlin needs to get his players in line.

  123. bunkmcnulty says: Mar 8, 2016 11:48 AM

    Williams is entitled to think whatever he thinks, but it is classless to say what he did. At this point, he couldn’t carry Peyton Manning’s jockstrap.

    I get Manning had a terrible year. But his impact on a team, with dedication and leadership goes way beyond stats. Those who understand football and leadership get this.

    Those who don’t…tweet!

  124. abninf says: Mar 8, 2016 11:56 AM

    The day after Williams plays his last game, no one will remember him.

  125. slice60 says: Mar 8, 2016 11:57 AM

    The press conference & media attention was to celebrate Manning’s career, not what he did or didn’t do last season. Kobe is getting nothing but love even though his playing ability has fallen way off too.

    I find it funny that the haters criticized Manning for the first 16 years for being all about stats & couldn’t get the big wins in the playoffs. So winning the championship is the only thing that matters to the haters, right???

    Then he finishes his career with a terrible final season statistically (2014 wasn’t great either) but his team wins the Super Bowl. And now those same haters do a complete 180 & point to the stats instead of the wins.

    Manning went to 4 SB’s with 4 different coaches. Manning is the only QB to win a SB for 2 different teams.

    March 7 was to celebrate Peyton Manning’s entire career, not just 1 season. But Deangelo Williams acted like a little baby & decided he wanted attention.

  126. steelersnowand4ever says: Mar 8, 2016 12:01 PM

    Yeah, but he was garbage enough to beat us in the playoffs……..

  127. bringmemysoiledfool says: Mar 8, 2016 12:02 PM

    Doubling down on dumb. Good looks Deangelo.

  128. bringmemysoiledfool says: Mar 8, 2016 12:04 PM

    LOL Almost forgot the #SWEPT. Close one.

  129. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 8, 2016 12:10 PM

    I see a lot of Steelers’ cheerleaders on here, apparently proud of Williams and his classless remarks. They’ll be eating those pom poms for dinner when they get swept again. Mark it. 3-13 if Bell stays healthy. LOL. Oh wait. Let me add a bunch of unnecessary exclamation marks because I’m so inarticulate. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  130. ceraser45 says: Mar 8, 2016 12:14 PM

    Then he comes out and praises Calvin on Twitter. Thought DeAngelo was classier than this. Why the hate on Manning, but the love for Calvin……

  131. ratsfoiledagain says: Mar 8, 2016 12:16 PM

    shackdelrio says:Mar 8, 2016 9:06 AM

    The media and fans get mad when players talk in cliches.

    The media and fans get mad when players speak their minds.

    They can’t win.
    ******
    No issue of him stating what he did. However, he could have waited a day or two. Makes Williams look a bit shallow.

  132. baltimoresnativeson says: Mar 8, 2016 12:21 PM

    Correct but bad timing. Let Peyton enjoy his moment.

  133. steelcurtainn says: Mar 8, 2016 12:23 PM

    I love the hate some you keep give the steelers every year(esp the ravens fans). Jealousy is quite obvious. Keep it coming, us Steeler fans love it! Meanwhile, the ravens will keep celebrating their 3rd place finishes every year. One Step up above the Browns and watching the playoffs at home. lol

  134. firedog784 says: Mar 8, 2016 12:23 PM

    Critiquing a player’s season is fair game no matter who they are. But anyone with a shred of common sense would not pick a day like yesterday to do it. If you can’t see why then no explanation is necessary.

    Willy Mays was just a shell of himself when he hung up his cleats. I don’t recall other players in the league coming out and saying it though on the day he retired. And there’s a reason for that.

    D’Angelo Williams is an idiot.

  135. motsuret06 says: Mar 8, 2016 12:24 PM

    Right or wrong, it showed no class to rain on a future Hall of Famers parade. Stats aside, who walked away with the Lombardi at the end of the day. It was certainly not Williams and the Steelers. I am a Carolina fan and I wished the Panthers had won but the team that scores the most points usually wins. Carolina was throttled in the Super Bowl. Hat tip to the Broncos and future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning who found a way to get the job done. End of story regardless of the comments by Williams. It has changed my opinion of him.

  136. steelers4385 says: Mar 8, 2016 12:27 PM

    Truth hurts. Doesnt take away from what Manning did rest of his career.

  137. triggerdawg says: Mar 8, 2016 12:31 PM

    And the buzzards ,0and16 if jump ball stays healthy,oh and let me add some exclamation marks for good measure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  138. theuglitruth says: Mar 8, 2016 12:33 PM

    Who is DeAngelo Williams? – what will be said a year from now.

  139. afcnorth54 says: Mar 8, 2016 12:40 PM

    Problem is everyone is giving Williams attention. Just ignore his tweet, he will go away into the trash heap real quick.

  140. elvoid says: Mar 8, 2016 12:52 PM

    50 years from now, if you ask a NFL fan “who was Peyton Manning,” they’ll be able to tell you.

    50 years from now, if you ask an NFL fand “who was DeAngelo Williams,” they’ll give you a blank stare.

    Enjoy your 15 minutes, DeAngelo.

  141. markszyl11 says: Mar 8, 2016 12:52 PM

    ha! coming from the guy who has broke a 1000 yards twice in ten years

  142. oldcracker says: Mar 8, 2016 12:56 PM

    No wonder DW wound up on the Steelers.

  143. notmanning says: Mar 8, 2016 1:02 PM

    Garbage is a strong word. Started out 7-0 I believe. Injury must have affected his play. No denying he comes in in the most important game of the year (V. SAN DIEGO). Winning the game is the difference between a 1 and a 5 seed. They don’t go to SBOWL if they go TO NEW ENGLAND.

    I think Brock could have had a better stat line in SBOWL, but would have found a way to lose the game, same with the other playoff games. And PM was money against NE. 3-1 in CHAMPIONSHIPS against tommy boy.

  144. jedimasterbates says: Mar 8, 2016 1:05 PM

    Didn’t he beat your team on the way to a Super Bowl Championship?

  145. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 8, 2016 1:07 PM

    He reflects the team and its fans. Lots of mouthing off but nothing coherent to say.

  146. randygnyc says: Mar 8, 2016 1:21 PM

    Ok. I’ll say it. Williams comments are steeped in racial hatred. His support for cam and today Johnson is proof that his attack on Peyton is race based.

  147. boogerhut says: Mar 8, 2016 1:25 PM

    It won’t even make the news when you retire Williams. But I’m sure that you’ll tweet about it.

  148. denrec says: Mar 8, 2016 1:32 PM

    MEangelo is only interested in what MEangelo has to say.

    Now I understand why this idiot had to be removed from the Panthers organization.

  149. karlpilkington says: Mar 8, 2016 1:35 PM

    Somebody swole

  150. lionfish57 says: Mar 8, 2016 3:04 PM

    Williams is a tool. He has no self or social awareness. As a Packer fan I know what it’s like to have a quarterback like Peyton Manning, One of the greatest of all time. To make a statement like that the day of his retirement is shallow, stupid and I don’t even know why I’m wasting my time on this

  151. nflgtcfl says: Mar 8, 2016 4:38 PM

    His statement was absolutely correct, his timing was abhorrent.

  152. triggerdawg says: Mar 9, 2016 7:21 AM

    Lots of mouthing off but nothing coherent to say, this coming from someone whose pathetic finished with a whopping 5 and 11 record.thats how you get it done! Commence to rioting.

  153. triggerdawg says: Mar 9, 2016 7:22 AM

    Pathetic franchise

  154. rafterman1957 says: Mar 9, 2016 9:30 AM

    Peyton Manning’s ass will be unavailable for kissing anymore! He was the best REGULAR season QB in history. Come playoff time it was a whole other story. Williams timing was bad, his statements were true.

  155. nflrule says: Mar 9, 2016 4:22 PM

    Just as garbage as Newton was in the Super Bowl…

  156. Mo Pro Babble says: Mar 11, 2016 9:41 AM

    Wow,

    Struck a nerve with Manning’s Minions there D’A, but you are correct. Not that anyone outside Denver didn’t notice.

  157. Mo Pro Babble says: Mar 11, 2016 9:44 AM

    notmanning says:
    Mar 8, 2016 1:02 PM
    Garbage is a strong word. Started out 7-0 I believe. Injury must have affected his play. No denying he comes in in the most important game of the year (V. SAN DIEGO). Winning the game is the difference between a 1 and a 5 seed. They don’t go to SBOWL if they go TO NEW ENGLAND.

    I think Brock could have had a better stat line in SBOWL, but would have found a way to lose the game, same with the other playoff games. And PM was money against NE. 3-1 in CHAMPIONSHIPS against tommy boy.

    Paymeaton was never on the filed against Brady. He won not because he was soooo great but because the Pats blew it on 4th &2 in 2 AFCCGs. That’s not winning, that’s your defense bailing you out.

    I’ll take 4-2 in SB vs 2-2 any day.

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