People left the Indianapolis Colts for dead.
"Peyton obviously is the staple of Indianapolis and this organization for years," Freeney told Dameshek and his co-host, Adam Rank. "I went after him in practice year in and year out and never got a chance to hit him. So yeah, I would love to hit him."
Dameshek (sitting four feet to my left, banging out his iconic "Shame Report") emphasized Freeney's mirth level on the subject of Manning's destruction. Still, the defensive behemoth remains intrigued by the prospect of facing Denver for all the marbles: "If you think about it, that'll be strange, but I'll be excited."
It's a long shot, but can't a man dream?
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