Peyton Manning is notorious for the gags he pulls on other players. One of these involved tossing a diabetic Jay Cutler into a pool promptly destroying his blood sugar monitor.
The 2008 Pro Bowl was an interesting time in the NFL. The NFL used to play the game back in Hawaii at the time, and now ex-Broncos and ex-Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was playing in his first ever (and only) Pro Bowl.
As a part of the festivities, Peyton Manning decided to have a little fun with a couple of Pro Bowl linemen. The trio decided to dunk Cutler in the pool as part of a gag.
Peyton Manning Shoves Jay Cutler Into A Pool Forcing Him To Drive To A Drugstore To Get A New One
300-pound Nick Mangold and 310-pound Kris Dielman pushed Cutler from either side while Peyton Manning slyly took Cutler’s phone away from his pocket. That was a good save by Manning, but he forgot about one thing.
Cutler is a Type 1 diabetic which means he has his blood sugar monitor on him at all times. The water fried his monitor rendering it completely useless.
At the 2008 Pro Bowl, Peyton Manning and linemen Nick Mangold and Kris Dielman teamed up to throw Jay Cutler in a swimming pool. However, Cutler was a Type 1 diabetic, and the water destroyed the blood-sugar monitor in his pocket, forcing him to dash to a nearby store and bu… pic.twitter.com/Gxrn4nzP0I
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Dielman and Manning were excited about the prank, but they also admitted they failed to take into consideration Cutler’s diabetes and how the ‘harmless’ gag might have impacted him.
Dielman would say:
“We gave him a Pro Bowl baptism. That was a prank where I thought we were smart enough to get the cellphone out of his pocket,” Dielman said. “But then, ‘Oops.’”
Manning would also comment:
“It was a bad audible on our part. I think we were thinking right, trying to get the cellphone. Then we realize, the guy gets insulin shots. We missed that.”
At the end of the day, things worked out and everyone was able to laugh about it. After reaching out to a number of drugstores in Hawaii, Cutler was able to find a replacement by lunchtime, so no harm, no foul.
Overall, the experience was very enriching for the Broncos quarterback. It was just his second year as a starter, and he had put up some very impressing numbers, throwing for 4,526 yards and 25 touchdowns.
For him being in that environment was incredible. Cutler would say:
“It’s been great. All the guys have been good. Working with Peyton has been fun. Just to see what he does day to day, how he goes about it. He’s such a professional.”