Washington governor tried to give Peyton Manning a pep talk after Super Bowl loss

Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) walks off the field after Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had one of the most disappointing games of his life when the Seattle Seahawks dominated them form start to finish. Fortunately for Manning, Washington governor Jay Inslee was there to console him.

“He’s all alone. There was no entourage around him,” Inslee said, via the Seattle Times. “I wish I had a camera. It was like the picture of defeat — head down, slow. I felt bad for the guy.

“He gave it his all and he’s obviously a tremendous competitor, and I’ve lost a few in my life, too,” said Inslee. “So I just went up to him and introduced myself as the governor of the state of Washington and I shook his hand. And I said ‘I know this is a really tough game for you, but there will be others and hang in there’ because I kind of wanted to console him.

“He looked down at me like he was going to break me in half,” Inslee said. “It was sort of like ‘whatever, dude’ and he walked away. My therapy didn’t work too well.”

Topics: Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks

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  • Billy The Man

    It’s a betrayal to engage someone in a “private” conversation then go public with the details.

    I guess we should realize that you can’t talk to a Politician and expect them to not betray us in that way if they believe they can gain from releasing the details of the talk.

    • RegisHawk

      It says he approached him when no-one was around. It doesn’t say he specifically intended to speak to him privately. Looks more to me like Peyton isn’t exactly the good sport he portrays when he knows the cameras are around and you’re looking for reasons to feel offended.

  • Caldonia

    Why would he want an encouraging word? He did not give it his best. And if he did he needs to work on his “best”

  • Kravn

    Well intentioned, perhaps, but ill-advised. We just got done with seeing how passionate Sherman was after a close game – I can only imagine what it was like for Manning to be so thoroughly schooled on the national stage. Within an hour or two of the loss is not the time to approach a professional athlete who is a stranger to you and wax philosophic with them. According to Sherman, Manning had enough class to check up on him after the game and seemed genuinely concerned. But they are peers – Inslee and Manning are not.

  • claudiob72

    “I wish i had a camera.” For what? So you had a photo to take to your luncheon corroborating your story that you tried to console a 5 time league MVP, minutes after losing the Super Bowl, with your stories of high school football losses?? –

    Glory Days. Well they’ll pass you by Glory Days. In the wink of a young girl’s eye Glory
    Days, Glory Days…

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