DeAngelo Williams: Steelers Running Back Criticizes Peyton Manning’s Performance in Final Season

March 7, 2016 Updated: March 7, 2016

Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams spoke his mind about Peyton Manning’s lukewarm 2015 performance in a series of brutally honest tweets Monday—the same day the five-time NFL MVP Manning announced his retirement from the NFL.

Williams then gets into a Twitter disagreement with football columnist Pete Prisco.

The 39-year-old Manning statistically had his worst season in 2015. The normally-healthy Manning suffered through a foot injury before finally shutting it down for a few weeks during the middle of the season. He never seemed to recover to his old self.

In nine starts last season, he accumulated 2,249 passing yards while completing 59.8 percent of his passes and throwing 9 TDs—versus 17 interceptions—good for a career-low quarterback rating of 67.9. Nonetheless, the Broncos won seven of his nine starts thanks to a defense that ranked first in the NFL in fewest yards allowed per game.

The defense also shut down the favored Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl as Von Miller recorded a pair of forced fumbles on Cam Newton that were the difference in the 24–10 win.

Meanwhile, other NFL players chimed in to congratulate Manning on his remarkable career.