Peyton Manning is just as strong off of the field as he was on the field, and an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night proved it.
The legendary quarterback went on Kimmel’s show to discuss varying topics, but one exchange in particular is worth noting as it involved Manning golfing with our President recently. Manning said he was in Washington when he received a call from the White House inviting him to play 18, which he accepted, but not without opposition from various people, including Kimmel himself.
However, Kimmel had already forgotten about giving Manning a hard time about accepting the invitation, so Manning reminded him in spectacular fashion. In fact, by the time Manning was done, Kimmel looked like a bloody fool for ever questioning him about golfing with the President of the United States of America.
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“They knew I was in town,” Manning said. “The White House called and said, ‘Hey, the president would like to play golf with you on Sunday, are you available?’”
“I got to tell you, Jimmy, I had a lot of people tell me not to do it,” he added.
Kimmel then asked him who it was that suggested he reject the offer.
“You did,” Manning replied.
“I heard Arnold Palmer say one time if the president of the United States ever asks you to play golf, you do it, it’s a no-brainer. And it was a fantastic experience. Rode in the motorcade over there and I’ve never felt safer playing golf. We had 30 golf carts behind us. Felt safe, but he was a great host. He loves sports. And we passed through a number of groups. He was very gracious. He took a picture with groups that we passed through.”
Manning then made it clear to Kimmel that not accepting the offer would be “un-American,” and that he would have accepted no matter who the president was, even if Hillary Clinton had won.
However, Kimmel still tried to sneak in one last barb at the President when he asked, “Did he cheat? Did he cheat when you played?”
“No,” shot back Manning. “I counted his strokes…he played it honest.”
And that’s why so many people love Manning – he’s a man of principle instead of ideology.