Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams caused a bit of a stir on Monday when he took to Twitter to talk about Peyton Manning’s poor season.
On Tuesday, he defended his comments during an appearance on Mike & Mike.
While Manning’s performance in 2015 was arguably the worst of his career and below average for an NFL starter, the fact that Williams decided to criticize Manning after he announced his retirement drew the ire of many.
Williams acknowledged that Manning’s career as a whole was Hall of Fame worthy, but was quick to tell many that the 39-year-old stunk last season.
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
Tuesday, Williams said that some of his comments were taken out of context, but that he was standing by them.
“I stand behind all my tweets. If I tweeted it and I said it, I am not apologizing for it,” Williams said.
Manning sat out of six games last season with a torn ligament in his foot, the first time in his 18-year career he did not start all 16 games of the season—with the exception of 2011 when he missed the entire season with a neck injury. He threw for 2,249 yards with nine touchdowns, both career lows.