Orlovsky detailed how he was in his hotel room watching film during the preseason to get ready for a game. After a knock on the door from Manning, the ESPN analyst thought he’d be watching film with one of the greats.
Manning had a different idea in store.
“It’s a preseason game, I’m going to play a bunch,” Orlovsky started. “Peyton Manning had already thrown that morning – this is when the neck [injury] is happening. He had thrown that morning, but didn’t want anyone to see it or know about it.”
“So, I’m watching film getting ready by myself in the room and the door gets knocked on. It’s Peyton and he sneaks his head in and says, ‘hey man.’ And I’m like, ‘what’s up?” He says, “you mind if I watch some film?” I’m like, ‘yeah dude, you’re Peyton Freaking Manning, come on.’ So I gather my stuff and I go sit in a different chair and he sits in the chair I was in watching it with the teleprompter. Then he looks around and goes, ‘ALONE!”
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) August 17, 2021
Everyone thinks of Peyton as the nice guy, but it’s clear he could be the bad guy when he needed to be.
That work ethic worked out for him in the end.