Peyton Manning Reflects on the One Play He Missed
But while Manning has missed lots of plays because his coaches removed him from games, he's only missed one play in his NFL career because of an injury. On Wednesday at his Super Bowl press conference, Manning reflected on that one play.
"It is certainly not my fondest memory," Manning said. "I never really had to come out of a game for an injury at any point. The only time I have ever come out of a game would be if we were beating a team really badly or getting beaten badly."
The one exception came in a 2001 game against Miami, when Dolphins defensive end Lorenzo Bromell leveled him with a brutal helmet-to-chin shot. Manning still remembers all the particulars.
"It was in the middle of the game, a close game against the Dolphins," Manning said. "I remember I took the hit, got up and there is a 15-yard penalty for the blow to the face, which didn't make my jaw feel any better, but at least we got the 15 yards out of it."
Manning was in pain, but he wanted to stay in the game, until a teammate told him to get off the field.
"I remember my right tackle Adam Meadows just saying, 'Dude, you just don't look right. Your mouth doesn't look right.' I said, 'What do you mean?' He said, 'You better come out,'" Manning recalled on Wednesday. "I am kind of mad that I even listened to him, but I went out of the game for one play."
That didn't go well: On the one play Manning missed, backup quarterback Mark Rypien and running back Dominic Rhodes lost a fumble on a botched handoff. Manning was determined not to miss any more plays after that.
"The backup quarterback came in and we fumbled the handoff and the Dolphins got it and we went on to lose the game," Manning said. "So I have kind of held it against myself since then for coming out for that one play."