Peyton Manning shows his respect for the Terrible Towel
January 13, 2016 8:13 PM
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By Gerry Dulac / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Because he was injured and didn’t play when the Denver Broncos were at Heinz Field last month, Peyton Manning signed autographs for nearly 100 Steelers fans behind the Broncos bench before the game. He signed everything — hats, shirts, tickets, programs, even a wedding invitation.
There was one item he refused to sign — a Terrible Towel.
Manning, though, said Wednesday he didn’t sign any towels because he didn’t think it was right for a non-Steelers player to sign their famous trademark.
“I think it’s wrong for me to be signing their towel,” Manning told Denver area reporters. “That’s their towel. I don’t sign Giants hats. I see people that have an Eli [Manning] signature on Giants hat and I’ve said, ‘Hey, that’s his team.’ That’s what he should be signing for.
“I’ll sign a towel, but that’s the Pittsburgh Steeler towel. That’s reserved for [Terry] Bradshaw, Ben [Roethlisberger], [Lynn] Swann, Franco [Harris] and [John] Stallworth. That’s their towel. I think the Terrible Towel is for Pittsburgh Steelers.”
Manning said he enjoyed talking and interacting with the Steelers fans at Heinz Field.
“Look, I actually did kind of enjoy that time because, when you are playing, there really isn’t an opportunity to interact with the fans, especially on the road. You’re always on a schedule and you’re warming up. I got the chance to do that four years ago when I was injured and go to a lot of the stadiums that I played a lot in and had a chance to interact with the fans.
“The Pittsburgh Steelers fans were great. They were very respectful and so I enjoyed some of those conversations.”
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