While the Saints celebrated their Super Bowl, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning walked off the field before shaking hands. He explained he was trying to be deferential, not unsportsmanlike and vowed he will reach out to the Saints.
"Iíll certainly talk to Drew," Manning said. "I certainly know how it was three years ago when we won. Thereís not much consolation for the guys who didnít win. Thereís the stage getting set up and thereís the celebration. Thatís the time for the Saints to celebrate. Itís their field. They deserve the moment. I certainly congratulate all their players, their organization. I will speak to Drew Brees, speak to Sean Payton. They deserve all the credit."
Manning handled himself like a pro after the handshake incident (if you even want to call that an incident). He ran into Darren Sharper on the way out of his postgame press conference and congrulated him profusely, shaking his hand and giving a little half hug.
If you want to get on Manning for something, do it for the interception he threw in the fourth quarter.