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Peyton Manning's walk off

Posted by Adam Kilgore, Globe Staff  February 8, 2010 01:06 AM

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While the Saints celebrated their Super Bowl, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning walked off the field before shaking hands. He explained he was trying to be deferential, not unsportsmanlike and vowed he will reach out to the Saints.

"I’ll certainly talk to Drew," Manning said. "I certainly know how it was three years ago when we won. There’s not much consolation for the guys who didn’t win. There’s the stage getting set up and there’s the celebration. That’s the time for the Saints to celebrate. It’s their field. They deserve the moment. I certainly congratulate all their players, their organization. I will speak to Drew Brees, speak to Sean Payton. They deserve all the credit."

Manning handled himself like a pro after the handshake incident (if you even want to call that an incident). He ran into Darren Sharper on the way out of his postgame press conference and congrulated him profusely, shaking his hand and giving a little half hug.

If you want to get on Manning for something, do it for the interception he threw in the fourth quarter.   

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