VIDEO: Peyton Manning Explains 'Omaha' Play Call on LETTERMAN
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July 07, 2016
What's the deal with Peyton Manning's "Omaha" play call? And what does NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have to do with it? The Denver Broncos quarterback and 2014 NFL MVP breaks it down for David Letterman when he visits the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Monday, May 5 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
In Manning's first talk show interview since Super Bowl XLVIII in Feb. 2014, Letterman brought up Manning's "Omaha" play call, which garnered attention and became a rallying cry for Broncos fans last season.
Letterman: "And the 'Omaha'...Now, people tell me that other teams use the word 'Omaha.'"
Manning: "Yeah, 'Omaha' is kind of out there. You know, these TV mics just pick up everything. They pick up everything, and I don't like it. I'm not a fan of it, Dave, because it reveals terminology that the other opponent that you're going to play the next week can use, and I don't like Bill Belichick hearing our plays that we're using. I think I know how to fix it, Dave. I think you've got to get up there and just say some really negative things about the commissioner, Roger Goodell." (audience laughs) "You know, just, 'Blue 20, Blue 20, Roger Goodell is a no-good, you-know-what,' you know, and I think they'll just kind of turn that volume down a little bit..."
Letterman: "But, as we know about Bill Belichick, he brings his own microphones, so you don't have to worry about that." (Manning, audience laugh) "But a lot of people come to me and they say, 'What is Peyton doing?' And nobody - nobody did this in The League before - nobody works the play clock the way you do, and it's breathtaking to see it just almost begin to flash to zero, and the play is launched. It's a remarkable dance, if you'll excuse the expression, that you do there behind the center. And they say, 'What is he doing?' And I say, 'He's doing absolutely nothing. He just wants people to think, "Oh my God, oh my God, how complicated can this play be? ...Look out...What is he going to do?"' (audience laughs)
Manning's entire interview, including he and Letterman facing off in the "LATE SHOW Quarterback Challenge," taking turns throwing footballs into windows of passing taxis on Broadway, can be seen on the LATE SHOW tonight.
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