Peyton Manning likely deals with requests for autographs and photographs in just about every situation that he finds himself in. However, those requests aren't usually coming from people who are themselves accustomed to fending off fans. But that's exactly what happened after the Broncos' 17-9 win over the Chiefs in Week 12.
Local Kansas City news station KCTV-5 caught a candid moment on Sunday when Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and star wideout Dwayne Bowe were spotted outside the Broncos' locker room following the loss. Both athletes had been patiently waiting for Manning to emerge from the facility with the hopes of taking home a souvenir from the four-time MVP.
"My momma wanted this autograph," Charles insisted with a smile.
Bowe was presumably a bit more honest.
"It's a legend, I guess. It's Peyton Manning," he admitted after snapping a photo with the superstar. "Who wouldn't want a picture with him?"
While the exchange may have seemed like an innocuous sign of respect from two young players, some took issue with the display -- namely former Chiefs lineman Rich Baldinger.
"I don't understand it at that moment. They were smiling and laughing after the loss like that today," Baldinger said during a segment on KCTV's "Off The Bench," alluding to Kansas City's league-worst 1-10 record. "I just think it just goes to show what this team's about."
Meanwhile, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster seemed to have no problem with the interaction. On Tuesday, Foster came to the defense of both players by tweeting out his support, even referring to his habitual post-game jersey swapping that has previously demonstrated his own football fandom.
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