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Peyton Manning tried writing an apology letter to a referee after cursing him out during a game

Hall of Famer Peyton Manning talked about when he once cursed out a referee so bad that he wanted to write an apology letter to him, but the NFL refused to give the legendary quarterback the referee’s address.

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Manning told the story during the broadcast with his brother, Eli, on the inaugural “Monday Night Football” simulcast on ESPN2. The Las Vegas Raiders managed to pull out a 33-27 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, which wrapped up the Week 1 slate of games.

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“I remember one time I just laid into a referee,” Manning recalled on the broadcast. “I knew the guy. He was a good guy. He called the worst holding call. I let him have it. I felt so bad I asked the NFL for his address after the game. I was going to write him an apology letter.”

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Manning continued: “They wouldn’t give me his address, as if I was going to go and like, egg his house or something. I was like, ‘I’m just going to write him an apology letter!’ Nobody writes the referees an apology letter.”

Manning said that the referee thinks he’s a “jerk to this day” because of the holding call that he disputed during a game against the Miami Dolphins.


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