Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles asked for Peyton Manning’s autograph after Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos.
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe took a picture with the future NFL Hall of Famer.
Former Chiefs player Rich Baldinger was on KCTV’s Off the Bench when these offensive clips were aired and was asked by host Michael Coleman whether he’d ever asked for an autograph during his playing days.
“No,” he replied. “I don’t understand it at that moment. They were smiling and laughing after the loss like that today. I just think it just goes to show what this team’s about. I don’t know if winning’s really that important.”
Before we pile on Baldinger, let’s acknowledge that there’s validity in his comments about losing teams smiling and laughing immediately after defeats. Show me a player who doesn’t mind losing and I’ll show you a loser.
But how is asking for an autograph an hour after the game the same thing as not valuing winning? Jamaal Charles ran for over 100 yards in the game. He appeared to give full effort. The team lost to go 1-10. What’s he supposed to do, dress in black for three days, delete everything except Morrissey off his iPod and sit shiva?
Charles wanted an autograph for his mom. Bowe was looking for a picture with a legend. (Putting in face time before his impending free agency couldn’t hurt either.)
To some, it would have been far preferable if Charles and Bowe had spit on Manning while talking about how much they hate Papa John’s, Buick Veranos and older brothers named Cooper. And Manning’s ex-Colts teammate Ryan Lilja should have ignored his old quarterback. Instead he amicably chatted with him and then talked about it with KCTV.
“Obviously I didn’t want to see him come in here and beat us like that, but it’s good to see him.”