The relationship between Colts QB Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday always seemed remarkably similar to the relationship shared by Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in the movie “Step Brothers.” If you have seen Saturday mic’d up, you can see where one can draw that conclusion of bickering brothers.
Though, married couple might be a better description.
“Our relationship is like a wife and a husband, and he’s the wife,” Saturday said before quickly explaining that … “And not for the reason that you think, but because he runs the show. He calls the shots. I completely understand what my role is.”
Anybody who is married can certainly commiserate. And if that truly is the case, then Manning is probably right all of the time, too. Though that won’t keep Saturday from challenging him here and there.
Manning seems above reproach from just about everybody in the league. Even his own coach at times. But that won’t stop Saturday from calling out the quarterback when he needs to. The history between the two, gives Saturday that right. The two have logged so many games together, they seem inseparable. And sometimes irritable.
“If he and I disagree on something, we’ll fight in practice. We’ll fight on the field. It doesn’t matter,” Saturday said. “And the great part about it is that it doesn’t matter. When we walk off, it’s done. We’ll shake hands and hug it out.”
We rarely see that Manning, however. We tend to be locked into Manning’s singular focus on the football field. That does not paint the whole picture. We rarely see the light-hearted Manning who is fun to be around, engaging teammates with his adept storytelling. The guy who took Georgia-native Saturday to Augusta National, or sprung for tickets to the NBA Finals for Saturday and Tarik Glenn. The guy who takes care of his backup quarterbacks.
But does that mean that everybody can do an impression of Manning’s gyrations from the field?
“Absolutely,” Saturday said. “Everybody does an impression. He loves that. I can assure you, I give him jokes all of the time. Some he laughs at, some he [says], ‘Ah man.’ He takes his lumps the same as the rest of us.”
Man, you almost get the impression that he would find me amusing. But probably not.