Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning should not be remembered for his devastating Super Bowl loss to the Seattle Seahawks, former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy says.
"I really felt for him. I wanted him to go out there and get that second Super Bowl," Dungy told "The Steve Malzberg Show on Newsmax TV.
"Everyone's talking about, can he perform . . . and I know how hard he prepares, what kind of year they had, but that's the thing about the Super Bowl. It's not like the NBA playoffs or NHL hockey, where it's four games out of seven.
"It's a one-game knockout, and you've got to do it that day. Seattle played great, they kind of steamrolled them, and you have to give them all the credit," Dungy said Tuesday.
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Manning, who played for the Colts from 1998 to 2011 and helped the team beat the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI, saw the Broncos go down in flames in an embarrassing 43-8 loss on Sunday.
Dungy, the first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl when the Colts beat the Bears, discounted claims by Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman that his team had cracked Manning's hand signals early in the game.
"Peyton and the Broncos do a lot with hand signals . . . I don't know that you could pick them up and crack that code in a half or in the course of a game. I kind of dispute that," Dungy said.
"Seattle just had very good players, they played great. They watched a lot of film and they were prepared, but to say you had the hand signals and that's what did it, I would doubt that.'
Dungy and his wife, Lauren, are the authors of a new book, "Uncommon Marriage: Learning About Lasting Love and Overcoming Life's Obstacles Together."
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