"...former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had said that the team hoped to apply "remember me" hits to the New Orleans native — no evidence had pointed to a pointed effort to target Peyton.
The 22-page written ruling from former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue implies otherwise.
Here’s a partial quote from Tagliabue’s ruling, with emphasis added:
“The record includes PowerPoint slide presentations made by the Saints’ coaching staff to Saints’ players . . . . ...(a) slide set from after the NFC Championship game again includes photos of Kurt Warner lying on the field with a caption of ‘ MISSION ACCOMPLISHED VS. WARNER AND FAVRE’; and the next slide includes photos of Brett Favre being helped off the field and of his bruised and bandaged ankle and leg, with a caption of ‘ONE MORE QB TO GO!!!!‘”
The “ONE MORE QB TO GO” was Peyton Manning. And though the Saints never injured Peyton Manning via the application of legal or illegal hits, he surely was a target. The slides to which Tagliabue refers prove it."
Edited by Nadine, 12 December 2012 - 05:57 AM.
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