Editor’s note: WISH-TV Sports Reporter Chris Widlic shares his thoughts on a surprise phone call from former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.
By Chris Widlic
Peyton Manning’s departure from Indianapolis changes the dynamic for the Colts, but it hasn’t changed Peyton Manning.
I received an interesting phone call late Thursday afternoon. When I picked up, the voice on the other end said, “Chris, this is Peyton Manning.” It was a bit startling.
All eight years I covered his games with the Colts, and all the hundreds of pre and postgame interviews we did with him, it never really got so personal as exchanging phone numbers. But Manning and the local media never had a chance to say thanks, or even goodbye. This was it.
Peyton said it’s been such a whirlwind, he’s been very busy, but wanted to say how much he appreciated our relationship and how much he enjoyed our professionalism and working with us. I told him it was my pleasure. Seeing him and his team make that great run over the past decade was a thrill, coming from the football fan in me.
He said he’ll miss the relationships he made with us here, but I told him he wasn’t finished with us yet — we’ll still be around to cover some of his games. I also told him I was happy to see him continue his career with my home team in Denver, and he laughed.
Manning has and always will handle himself with class.