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    INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL denied a request from Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to wear black hightop shoes for Sunday's home game against the Miami Dolphins.


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    Manning made the request to honor former Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas, who died of a heart attack Wednesday in Baltimore at the age of 69. Unitas wore trademark hightop black shoes throughout his NFL career.

    The league said in a statement Friday that no team other than the Baltimore Ravens will be allowed to wear a patch or armband on their uniforms during Sunday's games to honor Unitas.

    Teams throughout the league will hold a moment of silence prior to the kickoff of all games Sunday, according to a statement from commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

    League spokesman Steve Alic said a similar situation arose in 1999, when former Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton died of a liver ailment.

    Several players, including St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk, wanted to change jersey numbers to Payton's familiar 34 to honor the NFL's career rushing leader. But only the Chicago Bears, Payton's former team, were allowed to wear patches or armbands in remembrance.

    Both Manning, who already ordered four pairs of the black hightops, and team president Bill Polian said they understand the league's decision. But that didn't change their feelings.

    "Somebody's passed away. I don't want to create a controversy over it,'' Manning said. "I did talk to one of (Unitas') sons, Joe, last night. He said he thought that it would be great, he'd love it.

    "But the league called Bill this morning and said absolutely not. It would result in a horrendous fine, so Bill just said that he would recommend that I don't do it.''

    Polian agreed with Manning, although he was disappointed in the league's decision.

    "It was Peyton's intention to do the right thing for a man who's done magnificent things for the NFL,'' Polian said. "How that squares with not being allowed to do it is beyond me, but I don't make those decisions.''

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    It would be cool if Manning said, "fuck the rules, I'm going OG Tops Sunday!"

    I can understand the theory behind this rule for obvious reasons, but it would be very cool if he did wear the tops. Out.
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    Yeah fuck the rules, Manning better be wearing those high tops Sunday! Unless it's a bannable offense I couldn't see him not wearing the damn shoes. A hefty fine is all he would endure no?
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    F*ck Tagliabue! Wear 'em Peyton!! How much could the fine be anyway - no doubt a drop in the bucket for him.
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    That sucks! Whats the harm in letting Peyton wear the black hightops to honor one of the greatest QB's to ever play the game?

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    Originally posted by JMJ:
    The league said in a statement Friday that no team other than the Baltimore Ravens will be allowed to wear a patch or armband on their uniforms during Sunday's games to honor Unitas.

    - SNIP -

    "But the league called Bill this morning and said absolutely not. It would result in a horrendous fine, so Bill just said that he would recommend that I don't do it.''

    Polian agreed with Manning, although he was disappointed in the league's decision.

    "It was Peyton's intention to do the right thing for a man who's done magnificent things for the NFL,'' Polian said. "How that squares with not being allowed to do it is beyond me, but I don't make those decisions.''
    Screw the moment of silence, this is how the NFL pays 'tribute' to Johnny U...

    How unbelievably lame. Hopefully, Peyton wears the black high-tops anyway and says after the game, "Fine me all you want; give the money to charity." He'd not only score some new fans, but he'd also shame the NFL into doing something worthwhile... While it's busy playing fashion police.

    At a time when this generation's players should be celebrating and embracing players like Johhny U, the league is nitpicking uniforms?
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    Is it illegal to wear black high tops????


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    yeah, i'm curious as to the dress code in the NFL any other given day.

    great post DIF, by the way.

    i think tagliabue has his head up his ass.

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    ya, the nfl really dropped the ball on this one.
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    Originally posted by Crown Royal:
    Is it illegal to wear black high tops????

    Apparently a team before the beginning of the season has their choice of uniform gear to wear throughout the year, and if they deviate from that anytime during the season the player(s) will get fined. The Colts could've chosen to wear black tops (they had picked white instead) and it wouldn't have been illegal, but of course, there was no way of knowing that Johnny U was going to pass away...
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    Thanks Scott, I didn't know that!

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    In a related topic, the league also denied Kordell Stewart's request to wear a black nightie as well.
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    Originally posted by Eddymon:
    In a related topic, the league also denied Kordell Stewart's request to wear a black nightie as well.
    Jesus Christ Eddymon, that's the best thing you ever posted. I didn't know you were funny. [img]tongue.gif[/img] LMAO here man. Out.
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    The NFL was wrong for denying him. Peyton Manning is one of the most standup guys in the league who just wanted to give props to one of the best ever. Even though the Colts are in Indy, they're still the Colts. The team in Baltimore were the old Browns. Yet, the league had no problem with the Ravens QB wearing the high-tops.

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