Peyton Manning Grew Up a Saints Fan but Knew the Night He Needed to Cut His Ties

Peyton Manning is a well-known NFL quarterback who has achieved an impressive level of success in his career. However, he had to make one decision that would help him move on from the past and grow as a person. He decided to cut ties with Saints fans by signing with Vikings before the 2018 season began.

Peyton Manning grew up a Saints fan but knew the night he needed to cut his ties. He told ESPN that he could not tolerate the behavior of some fans.

Peyton Manning Grew Up a Saints Fan but Knew the Night He Needed to Cut His Ties

Highlights of the article:

  • Peyton Manning is a quarterback who has won many Super Bowls, who grew up a New Orleans Saints supporter, has said that he no longer supports the team.
  • Archie Peyton, Peyton’s father, was the Saints’ starting quarterback for nearly a decade.
  • In Super Bowl 44, the five-time NFL MVP memorably battled with the Saints, and he’s still bitter about it.

In a parallel world, Peyton Manning, the legendary Indianapolis Colts quarterback, may have spent his post-Thanksgiving feast rooting for the New Orleans Saints. We don’t believe we’re a part of that universe, at least not yet.

Manning grew up cheering for the Saints before becoming a five-time NFL MVP and two-time Super Bowl winner. If his choice of club seems odd, keep in mind that his father, Archie, was the starting quarterback for the hapless Saints for 11 seasons and earned two Pro Bowls.

So, what caused Manning to sever his ties? It all began with a single night in Miami…

Peyton Manning understood when it was time to lay his New Orleans Saints fanaticism to rest.

Indianapolis Colts legend Peyton Manning interacts with New Orleans Saints fans in 2011.

Indianapolis Colts legend Peyton Manning interacts with New Orleans Saints fans in 2011. Peyton Manning, the legendary Indianapolis Colts quarterback, grew up a New Orleans Saints fan | Stacy Revere/Getty Images

When ESPN revealed that Eli and Peyton Manning would join up on Monday Night Football, fans were ecstatic. Even the Worldwide Leader wouldn’t have anticipated it would become so popular so fast with Peyton and Eli. When it comes to exposing some intriguing personal information and exchanging jabs over head size, the brothers’ natural connection shows through every time they’re on.

The issue of Peyton’s old Saints love came up in discussion during the Nov. 22 show. We say “former” because, according to Eli, his elder brother no longer supports the 2009 NFC champs.

“You grew up a Saints fan and then turned your back on them,” Eli added.

Peyton, who went 3-2 against the Saints in five regular-season games and tossed 14 touchdowns against four interceptions, didn’t refute the report.

“You tend to forsake them after you lose in the Super Bowl to them.”

Peyton Manning

We feel safe stating the older Manning’s choice is fair since we haven’t played in the Super Bowl and will never participate in one.

We can’t say we blame Manning for being a little sore after Super Bowl 44.

Manning finished his career with a 3-3 record against the Saints. As you may have guessed, the additional defeat occurred in Super Bowl 44 on February 7, 2010. In the Colts’ 31-17 defeat, Manning completed 68.8% of his throws for 333 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. 

With 3:24 remaining and the Saints on their 31-yard line, the famed gunslinger planned to strike Pro Bowl receiver Reggie Wayne for a first down. The pass was intercepted by Saints cornerback Tracy Porter, who returned it 74 yards for a score, ensuring that the Lombardi Trophy would not be returned to Indianapolis for the second time in four years.

Again, it’s difficult to blame Manning if he stopped cheering for the Saints after that night. As much as he admired star quarterback Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton, they were the ones who made sure he didn’t win a second championship in a Colts outfit.

Don’t forget that Manning, the No. 1 overall choice in 1998, needed almost a decade to lead the Colts to the Super Bowl. Despite defeating the Chicago Bears in February 2007, he was just one play away from losing the Lombardi Trophy for the second time.

Manning, at the very least, received some retribution less than three years later. The 14-time Pro Bowler then destroyed the Saints’ defense for 305 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions in a 34-14 win on Oct. 28, 2012, in his first season with the Denver Broncos. 

Over the previous decade and a half, Manning and the Saints have at least acted professionally.

Peyton Manning has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame!

It was a pleasure to observe how he represented his hometown, family, and teams during his illustrious career as a local son! pic.twitter.com/4VXBkujCzi

— February 7, 2021, New Orleans Saints (@Saints)

Manning may no longer be a fan of the Saints, and he may not even like them. He has, however, maintained a cordial relationship with the brand and its supporters.

Despite missing the 2011 season due to a neck ailment, he went with the Colts to a road game against the Saints in October of that year. He signed signatures and interacted with the New Orleans fans before his Colts were humiliated, 62-7, on Sunday Night Football, on way to a 2-14 season.

Manning spent a day to the Saints’ training camp for a guest a few months after retiring in 2016. In a statement released by the Saints, neither he nor the club mentioned Super Bowl 44, which may have been a good choice.

The Saints applauded Manning on his Hall of Fame induction earlier this year. He was described by the club as a “native son” with a “great career.” What a touching story. Maybe there’s still hope for this romance.

By the way, there’s still time in the 2021 season for Peyton to wear a Saints jersey on the ManningCast. Perhaps that’s what Eli has in mind for an early Christmas present.

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Ryan Leaf recently thanked Peyton Manning and his family for the ‘Great Love’ they’ve shown him throughout the years.

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