Ted Johnson will not be rooting for Peyton Manning in Super Bowl 50 — even if it is the prolific quarterback’s swan song.
On 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Felger and Mazz’’ show Monday, Johnson said he isn’t a Manning fan, noting that he’d never lost to the 39-year-old quarterback during his career. And the retired Patriots linebacker knocked Manning for wanting to assert his place in football history with statistical records, rather than with championship victories.
“He’s one way on the camera and he’s different off the camera,’’ Johnson said of Manning.
Johnson pointed at the manner Tom Brady has taken pay cuts to allow the Patriots to spend money on talent at other positions, and criticized Manning for not doing the same.
“He comes across as a little selfish, yeah, that’s kind of what I’m saying. A lot of people don’t see that, a lot of people might not notice that. But that’s just my take from him is that I feel like he’s a guy who, at times, could have taken less money to help the structure of his team. And he hasn’t done that.
“So I look at him as more of a selfish player, who’s big in the history of the game of football, and wants to have his place in the history of football, and that’s more important than winning Championships, and so there’s a disconnect there.’’
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