“I wanted to be treated fairly and with some type of a respect,” Manning said. “That was the respect Chicago wanted to give me. I saw myself differently, and I found a team that agreed with me.”
The move to Houston has worked out well for Manning, who has started all eight games this season and has a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown. He will be part of a Texans secondary that will try to shut down Bears receiver Brandon Marshall, the NFL's fourth-leading receiver.
“He's way taller than the DBs we have on this team, and that right there might pose a threat,” Manning said of Marshall. “I really believe we have the personnel to play him one-on-one.”
Manning is unsure what type of reception he will receive Sunday from the Soldier Field fans. He still keeps in contact with some of his former teammates and coaches and even asked Tim Jennings for tickets. He spoke with Smith before the season.
“The way both teams are playing now, (a Super Bowl matchup) wouldn't be surprising,” Manning said. “Both teams are playing good ball. We both have strong defenses, strong offenses and good special teams. Sunday could tell what the near future might bring.”
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