TEMPE, Ariz. -- During Peyton Manning's speech from Friday in Indianapolis, when the Colts announced they’ll be building a statue of him outside Lucas Oil Stadium, he told two funny stories about Bruce Arians and Tom Moore.
Arians, now the Arizona Cardinals' coach, was his quarterback coach and Moore, an assistant with the Cardinals, was his offensive coordinator. Arians coached Manning from 1998-2000, while Moore was with Manning in Indy for 13 years.
The funniest story was about Arians and Moore violating the collective bargaining agreement to help a young Manning prepare for his first rookie minicamp.
“Rookie camp started on Friday. I ended up reporting on Tuesday and spending three nights at the Signature Inn on 38th Street (which isn’t there anymore) with Tom Moore and Bruce Arians going over the Colts offense,” Manning said with a chuckle. “[Colts owner] Jim [Irsay], I hope the NFL can't penalize you after 18 years -- they should really penalize the Cardinals.
“It was Tom Moore and Bruce Arians' idea. So go after the Cardinals.”
Manning spent more time with Moore than he did with Arians, and shared a few of Moore’s favorite expressions, which Manning said some players made into a T-shirt that read “Late Night from Terre Haute with Tom Moore” and had Moore’s top 10 sayings.
Those included: “If you keep throwing that ball high across the middle, they’re going to be carrying that guy out boots first.”
“He used to love that expression,” Manning said.
But Manning’s favorite Moore saying always came at the end of minicamp, when it was time to turn in the playbooks until training camp began.
“He’d say: ‘This is our stuff. These are our plays. Don’t be going back to your colleges and high schools and giving them our playbook and giving them our plays. Tell them to get their butts up earlier in the morning, work a little harder and come up with their own plays.’”