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Fisher defends wearing Manning jersey after Titans fans object

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Titans coach Jeff Fisher's attempt at humor by donning Peyton Manning's No. 18 jersey at a charity fundraiser isn't being received well by fans upset over Tennessee's 0-6 start to the season.

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But the coach isn't backing down after his Tuesday appearance at the Rally for Rocketown in Nashville, where Fisher jokingly said, "I just wanted to feel like a winner,” after revealing the Indianapolis Colts quarterback's jersey underneath his button-down shirt and jacket.

Fisher said Wednesday that he wanted to bring some levity to his introduction of former Colts coach Tony Dungy at a fundraiser for a Christian teen center. And he'd do it again.

"If anybody was offended by it, I can’t help that," Fisher said. "I’m not going to walk around here 0-6 with my tail between my legs. That’s just not my nature. It’s OK to have a sense of humor and have fun. That’s what I did."

The Titans, who are AFC South rivals with the Colts, are coming off a 59-0 rout by the New England Patriots, matching the biggest NFL loss since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 (the then-Los Angeles Rams defeated the Atlanta Falcons 59-0 on Dec. 4, 1976).

Manning said it would be ridiculous for Fisher to catch any heat for trying to have fun with a speech.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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