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Russell Wilson Claps Back at Eli Manning Jab: 'Not Stressed About It'

A response from Russ.

An instance of quarterback-on-quarterback violence occurred Monday night when former Giants legend Eli Manning quipped the Denver Broncos "should've paid [their] punter $235 million instead of Russell [Wilson]."

The jab was uttered during ESPN's ManningCast featuring Eli and Peyton Manning. Although meant to be playful, it derogatorily made the rounds on social media, prompting a matter-of-fact retort from Wilson.

“Come on, Chad Powers? I’m 3-0 against Chad Powers,” he said Wednesday. “It’s part of the game, those guys are having fun. I have a lot of respect for Peyton and Eli. I’ve always looked up to those guys, so I’m not stressed about it.”

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For clarity's sake, "Chad Powers" is the alter ego that Manning adopted for his new show in which he went undercover as a walk-on QB at Penn State. The 3-0 was a reference to Wilson's career record against Eli — not Chad.

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Manning later affirmed that he wasn't intending to criticize Wilson, who threw for 184 scoreless yards amid Sunday's 11-10 victory over the 49ers.

“No, I don’t think we’re trying to be critical. I think we always try to support the guys that are in the game,” he told Front Office Sports. “I think sometimes, ‘Hey, it’s live TV.’ I never try to take a real shot at somebody. I think that was obviously a very outrageous joke — because a punter had 10 punts. Nothing against Russell. He’s going to do great.”

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