Peyton Manning’s a coach these days — a flag football coach.
Manning has been coaching his son, Marshall, and four other kids — and their team is undefeated, of course.
Manning went into the Denver Broncos’ Ring of Fame last week and he told a funny story during his media availability about former teammate Brandon Stokley coaching one of the team’s games when Manning was out of town.
“Ashley and I went to Israel on a bucket list trip two weeks ago, and I had to miss the game,” Peyton said. “So, one of the dads said, ‘Hey, I’ll fill in at coach for you.’ [I] said ‘I’m sorry, Rod. It’s a very sophisticated offense. I don’t think you’re qualified. I’m bringing in my own coach.’
“Brandon Stokley comes in and beats this team like 66-6 and like is still throwing [the ball]. I mean, if we get up, I have a little bit of respect. I kind of, you know, back it down a little bit. Stokley is like, ‘Nope.’ I’m pretty sure I’m going to get a letter from the league.”
Stokley showed no remorse in running up the score, and he even gloated on Twitter about scoring more points than Manning-led teams ever have.
. We had fun. I texted Peyton that morning to see what was the most points he ever scored as a coach. I can now hold that over him and it feels so good https://t.co/MNi6BbIFMe
— Brandon Stokley (@bstokley14) November 1, 2021
It’s a funny story for Manning and Stokley — and a memorable game for Marshall and his teammates — but maybe not so much for the other team.