Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts were unstoppable when they entered the AFC South and matched up against the Jacksonville Jaguars — and Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders thinks he knows why.
They cheated. They stole other teams’ signals.
“Those same critics, did they say anything about the wins that the Indianapolis Colts had? You want to talk about that too? Because they were getting everybody’s signals,” Sanders said on NFL Network, according to ProFootballTalk.com. “Come on, you don’t walk up to the line and look over here and the man on the sideline giving you the defense that they’ve stolen the plays of. We all knew. L.T. knew. Everybody in the NFL knew. We just didn’t let the fans know. That was real and that was happening in Indy.”
Sanders made the comments after future Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson said some critics will put an asterisk next to the New England Patriots’ success because of Spygate.
There was no indication of what time period Sanders was talking about, but you have to imagine he’s referring to their run of dominance while Manning was with the team — from 2002 to 2010, when the Colts and Manning finished with nine straight winning seasons and never missed out on the playoffs.