SNL Rewind: Peyton Manning doesn't want to throw footballs at your child's face

Peyton Manning talks about his classic United Way SNL skit and his exposure to the disturbing field of child acting.

This skit is an SNL classic, so it isn't hard to give me a reason to revisit it and ultimately post it. But these quotes from Peyton Manning about the skit are priceless.

Manning was the keynote speaker at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's inaugural All Arkansas Prep Awards in Little Rock over the past weekend, and the emcee asked him a number of soft-ball questions, such as the hardest hits of his career and how he's forcing his younger teammates to watch classic comedies.

He also asked Peyton about his experience on SNL, which brought up this gem. Via The Sports Seer --

"The one that people always talk about is the United Way skit, where I’m throwing the football at the kids. A lot of people have asked “Peyton, please tell me you weren’t really hurting those kids.” And I promise you folks, that was a Nerf football … and all these kids, they were all child actors which is a kind of disturbing field in its own way. And all the parents were there the entire time when we were doing that skit and the director said ‘You gotta hit them in the face, you gotta do it.’ And I had to have a little talk with myself before I could do it.

"But I felt a little more comfortable when I heard one of the parents yelling at the director ‘I want him to hit my kid in the face!’"

The only thing more disturbing than Manning's persona in that skit? The parents of child actors. Terrifying.

Peyton Manning on Ray Lewis' Crushing Blows & Bret Bielema [The Sports Seer]

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Mile High Report

You must be a member of Mile High Report to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mile High Report. You should read them.

Join Mile High Report

You must be a member of Mile High Report to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mile High Report. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker