Retiring ref recalls a gesture of sportsmanship from Peyton Manning

AP

Longtime NFL official Butch Hannah has announced his retirement, and in an interview with his hometown paper he’s recalled one player whose sportsmanship stood out: Peyton Manning.

Hannah told the Chattanooga Times-Free Press about an on-field run-in he had with Manning, which had an unusual conclusion.

“Peyton’s next-to-last year, the Broncos were facing the Dolphins in Denver and the whole game was a struggle for them,” Hannah said. “I called back two Denver touchdowns. But they pulled it out by two or three points (39-36). But late in the game, the clock about to run out, Peyton mistimed a snap and they had to run one more play. Peyton said something off-color to me, which was not at all like him.

“I told him, ‘Peyton, you’re better than that.'”

Weeks later, Hannah received a letter in the mail from Manning.

“He said he wanted to apologize for his reaction to me that day against the Dolphins,” Hannah said. “Would I please accept his apology? That’s the only time that’s happened to me in all my years of officiating.”

The next year, Hannah worked a Broncos preseason game and Manning approached him beforehand.

“He asks me, ‘Did you get my card?’ I said, ‘Peyton, you’ve got to let this go.’ He says, ‘You have no idea how upset I was with myself.’ That’s the kind of son Archie and Olivia raised. Pretty impressive.”

44 responses to “Retiring ref recalls a gesture of sportsmanship from Peyton Manning

  1. It is a shame that there are not more players, with the integrity of Peyton Manning! He is missed….

  2. Shows a lot of class, that somebody saying ‘you are better than that’ affected them so much. These baby boomer kids running around these days, would laugh in your face with that type of comment. Parenting is a lost art.

  3. hgamatt says:
    May 23, 2017 9:18 AM
    I bet Cam would have gotten 15 yards for saying whatever Peyton said.

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    Yeah but Peyton would have at least tried to recover the fumble

  4. weepingjebus says:
    May 23, 2017 9:42 AM
    The card was delivered to Butch’s parents by two guys in trench coats.

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    LOL!!!!

  5. If I sat down to write a card apologizing for every time I’ve referred to someone with an off-color remark, I’d destroy my hand before I was even halfway done.

  6. nhpats says:
    May 23, 2017 9:23 AM

    hgamatt says:
    May 23, 2017 9:18 AM
    I bet Cam would have gotten 15 yards for saying whatever Peyton said.

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    Yeah but Peyton would have at least tried to recover the fumble
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    Did you ever see Manning after an interception? He hustled to that sideline. He even sacked himself a few times. No hate to him, but he was the master of self-preservation. There are 21 replaceable parts on a football team. QBs should not be diving into piles with Von Millers.

  7. So maybe if he didn’t mouth off to the official in the first place he wouldn’t have had to apologize? Just sayin’…

  8. The next year…“He asks me, ‘Did you get my card?’ I said, ‘Peyton, you’ve got to let this go.’
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    So you’re saying he was man enough to personally write an apology over a minor thing but that you didn’t reply in the year that followed? I gues that does make him someone for you to look up to.

  9. hgamatt says:
    May 23, 2017 10:00 AM
    nhpats says:
    May 23, 2017 9:23 AM

    hgamatt says:
    May 23, 2017 9:18 AM
    I bet Cam would have gotten 15 yards for saying whatever Peyton said.

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    Yeah but Peyton would have at least tried to recover the fumble
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    Did you ever see Manning after an interception? He hustled to that sideline. He even sacked himself a few times. No hate to him, but he was the master of self-preservation. There are 21 replaceable parts on a football team. QBs should not be diving into piles with Von Millers.

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    Your attitude is what separates winning teams from losers. Tom Brady would have gone for the ball…

  10. Did you ever see Manning after an interception? He hustled to that sideline. He even sacked himself a few times. No hate to him, but he was the master of self-preservation. There are 21 replaceable parts on a football team. QBs should not be diving into piles with Von Millers.
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    4 preseason games, 16 regular season games, even 2-3 playoff games I agree with you. But in the Super Bowl? I have no doubt Peyton dives for that ball. That’s the one game where a QB should be diving into the pile with Von Miller to recover a fumble in a close game…

  11. Well, with the officials under direct orders from Park Ave to make sure that #18 and the #12s from Boston and Wisconsin are never touched, it’s seems the only surprise is that Peyton didn’t have to use a cuss word more often than he did whenever an official went against orders and called a penalty on him.

  12. Of course if he never swore at the ref he wouldn’t have felt a need to apologize. The card may have been an honest gesture or a contrived. One thing everyone can agree on, let it never be said Peyton Manning doesn’t know how to work a room.

  13. oh please with the manning squeaky clean BS

    they are so carefully handled and marketed it is sickening

    in fact this story was probably timed to try to counter the eli fake game used equipment story so the manning name doesn’t take too much of a hit

  14. Yeah, and showed great sportsmanship when he lost to the Saints in the Super Bowl and walked off without shaking hands, with a team that he grew up with and allowed him on the field when he was a kid…

  15. I seriously doubt that Brady has ever apologized for any of his hissy fits. Manning = GOAT

  16. After an interception, PManning used to throw up his hands for the camera and look at the WR as if it was his fault because he ran the wrong route. Even when he threw it straight to TLaw and ASamuel all those times. Even his wife gets credit for an INT.

  17. Your attitude is what separates winning teams from losers. Tom Brady would have gone for the ball…
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    No he would not!! He would run for the sideline just as quick as Manning did if not quicker!

  18. I like Peyton a lot; he’s a mighty fine quarterback and a pretty good ‘wannabe’ country singer, and I love his sense of humor, but c’mon:

    “That’s the kind of son Archie and Olivia raised. Pretty impressive.”

    Impressive? This is hardly a ringing endorsement unless your goal as a parent is to have your kids grow up to become Emotionally Suppressed, Obsessive-Compulsive, Control Freaks who second-guess every move they make.

    The fact that Peyton was still obsessing about the incident a year later only serves to underline my point.

    Can you imagine wanting your kid to be that miserable and upset with himself as an adult?

  19. bigbluefan56 says:
    May 23, 2017 11:07 AM

    Does Peyton have a rule named for him? Aka, the “Tuck Rule”? Thats one ring that Brady shouldn’t have!!!!
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    Only an idiot thinks that Tom Brady had anything to do with the tuck rule. Especially since it was enforced against them earlier in that season.

  20. I seriously doubt that Brady has ever apologized for any of his hissy fits. Manning = GOAT
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    So Manning is the GOAT because he threw a hissy fit then sent a nice letter afterwards? Manning is a lot of things….GOAT is not one of them. The book has been closed on the GOAT conversation for a while.

    One thing Brady has never done is throw a teammate under the bus. Never. Not once. He always takes responsibility for poor play and has nothing by praise for his opponents as well. To me, that is more admirable then writing an apology letter.

  21. No he would not!! He would run for the sideline just as quick as Manning did if not quicker!
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    Last season, at the age of 39, Brady was out there blocking for runners against the Jets (although pretty awkwardly) and diving to make a tackle after throwing an interception against the Falcons. Please don’t try and say he would run for the sidelines. Brady plays with more heart then anyone I have ever seen……which is one of the main reasons why he is the GOAT.

  22. Does Peyton have a rule named for him? Aka, the “Tuck Rule”? Thats one ring that Brady shouldn’t have!!!!
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    Do fans of teams not named the Patriots have the slightest clue or no? The Tuck Rule was a rule well before the Raiders playoff game. In fact, it was called against the Patriots earlier in the year when they played the Jets with a similar outcome. Time to get a clue.

    By the way, Manning did have his GM cry and complain to the league in the early 2000s about the aggressive defense the Pats were playing. This prompted the Competition Committee to enact more stringent rules for defenses against WRs (like you complain about today). That is Manning’s legacy.

  23. tedmurph says:
    May 23, 2017 11:01 AM
    After an interception, PManning used to throw up his hands for the camera and look at the WR as if it was his fault because he ran the wrong route. Even when he threw it straight to TLaw and ASamuel all those times. Even his wife gets credit for an

    Yep, Brady never that i suppose, but that’s because he did that every play that there wasn’t a penalty called and it wasn’t positive play for NE.
    Instead of trolling just enjoy watching Brady and likenthe rest of us, think about how fast all these years went and how the league misses Manning

  24. bigbluefan56 says:
    May 23, 2017 11:04 AM

    No he would not!! He would run for the sideline just as quick as Manning did if not quicker!

    bigbluefan56 says:
    May 23, 2017 11:07 AM
    Does Peyton have a rule named for him? Aka, the “Tuck Rule”? Thats one ring that Brady shouldn’t have!!!!
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    The tuck rule doesn’t exist anymore and the rule fanboys say is named for Brady is actually the Carson Palmer rule. Tuck and Strahan both are on record saying how tough and competitive Brady is, they found it hard to believe he kept coming with the beatings they laid on him.
    Any Giants fan could tell you that, what team are you really a fan of?

  25. bigbluefan56 says:
    May 23, 2017 11:07 AM
    Does Peyton have a rule named for him? Aka, the “Tuck Rule”? Thats one ring that Brady shouldn’t have!!!!

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    Yeah he does…..it’s the one that crippled DBs from being able to actually defend against WRs. Peyton and Polian petitioned the league to modify the rules because Peyton could not find a way to beat the Pats

  26. Brady, Manning, Rodgers, or Brees would definitely have dived for the fumble, but likely without success. The funny part about Cam is he’s one of the few QBs who are physically strong enough to forcefully recover that fumble, yet he shied away.

  27. bigbluefan56 says:
    May 23, 2017 11:04 AM
    Your attitude is what separates winning teams from losers. Tom Brady would have gone for the ball…
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    No he would not!! He would run for the sideline just as quick as Manning did if not quicker!
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    If Brady and Manning had a 100 yard race, the networks could break for a couple commercials, come back and still film the finish between those two.

  28. bigbluefan56 says:
    May 23, 2017 11:07 AM

    Does Peyton have a rule named for him? Aka, the “Tuck Rule”? Thats one ring that Brady shouldn’t have!!!!
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    The tuck rule was in place before Brady entered the NFL and in the 15 years it was in place I never heard it referred to as anything other than the tuck rule. The result of that play ave NE the ball at Oakland’s 48 down by 3 with just under 2 minutes left. The tuck rule didn’t prevent the Raiders from keeping the Pats out of field goal range to tie it or making a stop in OT. It also wasn’t called in the AFCCG or SB.

    Brady and Belichick never had a direct hand in a rule change for their benefit. On the other hand the Peyton and Polian great wussification changes of ’06 neutered the D’s that defeated them and directly placed the Lombardi in their hands while forcing the Pats to reinvent themselves. Those rule changes did more to prevent the Pats from winning more rings in the 2000’s than Manning ever did on the field.

  29. Brady and Belichick never had a direct hand in a rule change for their benefit. On the other hand the Peyton and Polian great wussification changes of ’06 neutered the D’s that defeated them and directly placed the Lombardi in their hands while forcing the Pats to reinvent themselves. Those rule changes did more to prevent the Pats from winning more rings in the 2000’s than Manning ever did on the field.

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    I think this is the most damning thing about Manning’s legacy, outside of his sexual assault, cover up, marital affairs, cover ups and of course his PED cheating that was covered up by Goodell:

    Bill Polian literally threatened Goodell to change the rules in 2006 when Goodell took over to favor how the Colts were built.

    That is why it happened and why all of this funny business started in the NFL under Goodell.

    It was clear NE was a target and Goodell could be bought and paid for.

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