Peyton Manning Didn’t Tell Offense He Was Running Naked Bootleg


Peyton Manning tricked just about everyone when he ran into the endzone for a touchdown at the end of the first half on Sunday against the Cowboys.

He fooled Dallas, he fooled the cameraman and he even fooled his very own team.


Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said, in order to get everyone else on offense to sell it as a business-as-usual run play, he didn’t tell anyone, either in the huddle or on the sideline, that he planned to run the naked bootleg for a 1-yard touchdown just before halftime. He made the decision as soon the Dallas defender covering tight end Julius Thomas went in motion with the tight end. “If you do it every five years, it’s a good tendency-breaker.”

He ran the play as a member of the Colts back in 2006. He didn’t tell his offense that time, either.

“So I didn’t tell anybody else,” Manning said, according to USA Today. “See, the only way to run a naked bootleg is if you don’t tell anyone else, because everyone else runs the play and runs full speed.”

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