Hall of Famer Peyton Manning has spoken of when he once cursed a referee so badly that he wanted to write him a letter of apology, but the NFL refused to give the legendary quarterback the address of the ‘arbitrator.
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Manning told the story on the show with his brother, Eli, during the first simulcast of “Monday Night Football” on ESPN2. The Las Vegas Raiders managed to secure a 33-27 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, which closed the Week 1 game list.
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“I remember a time when I just ran into a referee,” Manning recalled on the show. “I knew the guy. He was a good guy. He called the worst call on hold. I let him have him. I felt so bad I asked for his address in the NFL after the game . I was going to write him a letter of apology. “
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Manning continued, “They didn’t want to give me his address, like I was going to go look for his house or something. I was like, ‘I’m just going to write him a letter of apology!’ No one writes a letter of apology to the referees. “
Manning said the referee thinks he’s a “jerk to this day” because of the restraint appeal he challenged in a game against the Miami Dolphins.