Manning refuses to fuel controversy

Aaron Wilson

Denver Broncos star quarterback Peyton Manning has no interest in being drawn into a war of words with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, his former employer.

And Manning doesn't intend to fuel any lingering controversies sparked by Irsay's poorly-constructed statements that suggested he didn't appreciate the one Vince Lombardi trophy Manning brought to Indianapolis.

"I don't have any answer for you on that or any comment on any of that," Manning told Denver reporters when asked about Irsay's recent comments that Broncos coach John Fox called inappropriate and insulting.

"It's no question it's unique,'' Manning said. "Somebody asked me earlier, is this kind of like playing against Eli, and I said I know Robert Mathis hits harder than Eli, I can guarantee you that.''

Manning is undefeated in Denver and leads the most prolific offense in the NFL.

"I've learned in life you need to be at peace with other people's decisions that affect you but you have no control over,'' Manning said. "I think that's been good advice I've had over the years, and it's certainly served me well in this particular scenario."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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