Peyton Manning likes to yell the word “Omaha” A LOT. Last week, the Internet was alight with news stories about the Broncos player shouting the word at the line of scrimmage during the Broncos vs. Chargers game on January 12th. In total, Manning shouted the word 44 times during the playoff game.
But what does the Nebraska city have to do with the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers? The world may never know. In an interview last week, Manning was asked what he loved about the city of Omaha, since it got so much free press during the game.
“I know a lot of people ask what Omaha means,” he said, “and it’s—Omaha is a run pay, but it could be a pass play or a play-action pass depending on a couple things: the wind, which way we’re going, the quarter and the jerseys we’re wearing. So it varies, really, play to play, so that’s—there’s your answer to that one.”
Cryptic seems to be the best descriptor word for that answer. Regardless, though, Omaha appreciated the attention:
— Official Omaha Info (@VisitOmaha) January 12, 2014
Some businesses capitalized on the shouts by making snarky jokes:
In fact, the city of Omaha appreciated the shout outs so much that five local corporations promised to donate $500 to the Peyton Manning Foundation for each time Manning shouted “Omaha” during its game on January 19th vs. the Patriots.
The final tally was a whopping 31 shout-outs—that’s a lot of money donated! Broncos fan or not, that’s a great way to raise money for charity. Omaha, your combined total of 65 shout-outs were well deserved.
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) January 19, 2014