Peyton Manning and the Broncos beat the Chiefs, 17-9 Sunday, despite a sub-par effort from the future Hall of Famer. Then Manning walked out of the tunnel toward the team bus to get to the airport and was stopped by … Jamaal Charles of the Chiefs. Beef? Nope. Charles wasn’t looking for a fight, but rather an autograph. It starts at the 1:08 mark in the above video. Charles claims his mom wanted the autograph.
Neal Jones of KCTV 5 in Kansas City has video of Manning giving Charles his autograph, and the Denver QB posing for a photo with Dwayne Bowe of the Chiefs. I’m sure Charles and Bowe will get grilled about this today in Kansas City, and it’ll be radio fodder nationally until something else happens (arrest, another Adderall suspension, the Lakers trading Gasol, NHL lockout ending, etc).
I’m not sure what would compel ridiculously wealthy athletes in their prime time to get the autograph of one of their opponents, but hey, my Dad’s a fan of Mike Wilbon and the first thing he asked me after I told him about sitting next to Wilbon on a flight to Indianapolis about five years ago was, “did you get his autograph?”
I can’t fault Bowe for wanting a photo – this is a guy who got a photo with Jessica Alba after interviewing her on a boat to the Statue of Liberty.
Charles and Bowe will have another chance to defeat Manning – Dec. 30th in the regular season finale.