DeAngelo Williams Got Murdered On Twitter For Dissing Peyton Manning
From Tom Brady to your best friend's mom, 99 percent of folks on Facebook and Twitter are coming out of the woodwork to wish Peyton Manning well on his retirement from the NFL.
That other 1 percent, though, is headlined by Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams. This morning, in the hours leading up to Manning's planned retirement press conference, Williams tweeted, saying while number 18 is a Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, Manning's last season, in which he won Super Bowl 50, was sh*t.
Look Peyton is a hall of fame qb who couldn't play dead in a western last year but career over all is astonishing but last year was — DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) March 7, 2016
Regardless of whether Williams is right or not -- spoiler, he's right -- today might not have been the day to voice that opinion. The responses on Williams' Twitter timeline ranged from outraged to delusional, and, Lord bless him, Williams continued to respond to many of them.
Here's a look at the fire DeAngelo Williams tried to extinguish.
Some folks got upset with Williams for taking a shot at the two-time Super Bowl champ.
@DeAngeloRB yeah but he won a ring...so that's irrelevant man — Cody Randolph (@CodyRandolph2) March 7, 2016
Oh it's team when they win and individual when they lose got it https://t.co/szwoOBe0sM — DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) March 7, 2016
Williams tried to justify his tweet by throwing out the actual talking points from Super Bowl 50.
@DeAngeloRB Super Bowl Champ?!?!?!? Hear your lousy team..1st game refs gave you the win..site sport — Greg Adams (@GregAdamsGolf) March 7, 2016
Facts: Super Bowl Peyton main ing last game talk and all defense https://t.co/ecQM8m45ep — DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) March 7, 2016
But, the more Williams tried to explain his position, the angrier the Twitter mob grew.
@DeAngeloRB he beat y'all tho... — Trey McKenzie (@TreyMcKenzie12) March 7, 2016
Hahahaha u could have at qb for that team the defense was great but hey u just wanted me to comment u knew that https://t.co/5YVM0dfr4n — DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) March 7, 2016
Some fans tried to defend Peyton Manning's sub-par season...
@DeAngeloRB you know he was injured right....it happens to you quite a bit as well but no hate just respect #FantasyProblems — Paul Ranahan (@ranahanp) March 7, 2016
ok you right so is he injury prone then? Or does he also get that pass too because I don't I'll wait?? https://t.co/vfGn7mbdKd — DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) March 7, 2016
...other fans started coming at Williams for being paid more than he's worth.
@DeAngeloRB @Sports4CashIQ yeah, Hurney overpaid you and then you got complacent. You put yourself and that bank account ahead of the team. — Raylan Givens (@UNeedAHelmet) March 7, 2016
So u are paid for past play and when u play bad u get these comments unless u have a hall of fame career! Point made https://t.co/XqgweCFlQt — DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) March 7, 2016
Some savages came after his physical well-being.
@DeAngeloRB Break a leg next year! Literally. Overrated trash ass — Thank You Peyton (@ChewyBaca55) March 7, 2016
Wow come on man trash talk is one thing health is another but Ishoukdnt expect u to care for humanity #wow https://t.co/gZUuXOgRNU — DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) March 7, 2016
At some point in the exchanges, Williams tried to articulate his position on his initial tweet...
It bothersme whenkey playersget a pass fora terrible season because of greatcareers while others are judgedin the momentwith less accolades — DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) March 7, 2016
...but this is Twitter, DeAngelo.
.@DeAngeloRB I'm sorry? pic.twitter.com/vjOT6ewyTW — Caleß (@c_hall15) March 7, 2016
That's not a picture of the Denver defense nor is it Von Miller so I will wait https://t.co/oPhCR9S6wU — DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) March 7, 2016
Finally, DeAngelo called it quits so he could go hang out with his family.
I love all the tweets today guys really but I'm spending time with the family at the moment so my petty spell has come and gone lol — DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) March 7, 2016
That might've been the move all along.