Broncos QB Jay Cutler was welcomed to the Pro Bowl this week in much the same manner that many first-timers are — by being thrown into a pool.
Prank organizer Peyton Manning was even thoughtful enough to have Cutler’s cell phone removed beforehand. But, according to the Denver Post, the Ashton Kutcher wannabes forgot one small detail.
- The gang of Pro Bowl football players had been gathered around the tables, swapping stories, when suddenly the Broncos’ quarterback had 300-pound Nick Mangold pushing from one side, 310-pound Kris Dielman holding the other and his cellphone swindled into the hands of a coy Peyton Manning.
- Cutler’s radar had gone up, but he never had a chance.
- “We gave him a Pro Bowl baptism,” said Dielman, the star offensive guard of the rival San Diego Chargers.
- Great fun. Big laughs. There was just one problem. Cutler is a Type 1 diabetic, and in his pocket was his blood-sugar monitor.
- “That was a prank where I thought we were smart enough to get the cellphone out of his pocket,” Dielman said. “But then, ‘Oops.’ “
- “It was a bad audible on our part,” Manning said. “I think we were thinking right, trying to get the cellphone. Then we realize, the guy gets insulin shots. We missed that.”
With a Charger (Dielman) involved, there could be some thoughts of something sinister. Maybe Philip Rivers was somehow laughing from the mainland. But don’t worry, Dielman and Cutler have been getting along all week. Imagine that, Broncos and Chargers working together.
- “He’s like a lot of us, (we) play it up a little bit,” Cutler said. “I wasn’t sure how he was going to be because he’s Philip’s boy, but he’s been great.”
- “We’re all out here in Hawaii having a good time,” Dielman said. “We’ll deal with that during the season. Jay’s a good dude. Philip’s a good dude. They’re two competitors. That’s what happens when you have two competitors going at each other.”