Russell Wilson has great response to dig from Eli Manning originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
"You talking about Chad Powers? Yeah, you know, I'm 3-0 against Chad Powers," Wilson said, referencing Manning's viral undercover Penn State walk-on character.
"Listen, I think it's part of the game, man," Wilson added. "Those guys are having fun. I have a lot of respect for Peyton and Eli. I've always looked up to those guys. So I'm not stressed about it."
During ESPN's "ManningCast" of Monday night's Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game, Eli said the Broncos should have paid their punter "$235 million instead of Russell." The comment came one day after Denver's Corliss Waitman punted 10 times in an ugly 11-10 Broncos win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football.
"They should've paid that punter $235 million instead of Russell [Wilson]."
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— PFF (@PFF) September 27, 2022
Manning walked back the comment the next day, saying he wasn't trying to take a shot at Wilson and that it was "obviously a very outrageous joke."
“I don’t think we’re trying to be critical,” Manning told Michael McCarthy of FrontOfficeSports.com. “I think we always try to support the guys that are in the game. I think sometimes, ‘Hey, it’s live TV.’ I never try to take a real shot at somebody. I think that was obviously a very outrageous joke -- because a punter had 10 punts. Nothing against Russell. He’s going to do great.”
But even Manning admitted that Wilson's comeback was good.
Well played Russellâ¦Well played https://t.co/o5eAWlNiJB
— Eli Manning (@EliManning) September 29, 2022
While the Broncos are 2-1 after winning two straight, it's been a rough start offensively for Wilson and Co. They'll look to get on track when they visit the AFC West rival Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.