Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has avoided any potential controversy following comments from his current coach and former owner.
The future hall-of-famer is back in Indianapolis to face the Colts on Sunday night, and unsurprisingly the 37-year-old finds himself in the spotlight after a stunning start to the season at Mile High Stadium.
Manning has led the Broncos to a perfect 6-0 start, and pundits have already mooted the possibility of a perfect season under the veteran play-caller.
His focus remains on the next game however, and it’s been heightened by comments from Irsay, who said his club ‘changed their model’ because they wanted more than one ring – which Manning had won during his 14-years with the Colts.
John Fox retaliated on his QB’s behalf, claiming the remarks were a ‘cheap shot’ ahead of their meeting. Manning opted against getting involved when speaking to members of the media from both Indy and Denver.
"I don't have anything to say about either one of those,” he told reporters when asked about the duo’s remarks.
And, on his release from the franchise 18 months ago, he added: "I've learned that in life you have to be at peace with other people's decisions that affect you that you have no control over."
The former number one draft pick is the master of avoiding controversy off the pitch, and is more likely to do his damage on the field than in the newspapers.