Peyton Manning was always known as a gracious pro. Even on the road, he would give fans souvenirs on his way out of the game. Prior to hosting the ESPYs this week, Manning went on Jimmy Kimmel to promote the event and a Buffalo Bills fan played a prominent role.
"We were playing Buffalo in the middle of my career and we beat them on the last drive of the game, right?" Manning told Kimmel, via NewYorkUpstate.com. "So I'm going into the locker room and I've always thrown my hat and my sweatbands up into the crowd. You find a kid, right? Even a kid who's a Buffalo fan is probably gonna want a sweatband or hat or something. So I throw it to one kid and he's like, 'Oh my gosh, thanks.' I threw my hat to a dad and he was happy. I take my other sweatband and throw it to this kid. He was in this big Buffalo Bills jersey, and he throws it right back in my face. And I'm like, 'You know what? I like that kid. He likes his team.' I like the diehards."
With the Bills and Manning’s Indianapolis Colts in the same division for part of his Hall of Fame career, Manning played in Buffalo six times. The Colts were 3-3 in those games and it’s unclear which of those wins was the one in question. Manning led game-winning drives in Orchard Park twice; an 18-16 win in 2000 and a 17-14 win in 2003.