When you’ve accomplished as much as Peyton Manning has as an NFL quarterback, you’re naturally going to be wanted by some NFL teams.
And that was nearly the case last season, according to Manning’s father Archie.
Gase, who was Manning’s offensive coordinator for two seasons in Denver, sent Manning a text asking what he should tell the media if it inquired about Manning’s availability
“It started with Gase,” Archie told Katzenstein at the Manning Passing Academy. “He said, ‘Hey 18, Tannehill went down.’ He said, ‘I think he’s going to miss some time. The first question I’m going to get at the press conference in the morning is if I’m going to try to bring you to Miami. What do you want me to tell them?’ ”
Naturally, Manning had the perfect response.
“The text message came back from Peyton, ‘You tell them I could probably come play, but there’s no way I can miss carpool the next two weeks.’ So, he was done.”
Manning won a Super Bowl in his final season despite battling injuries and throwing a number of interceptions. The Dolphins ultimately turned to Matt Moore to replace Tannehill and lost in the first round of the AFC playoffs.