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Off the Turf with Scurf: Danieal Manning

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 10, 2012 – 10:07 am

Episode 16 of “Off the Turf with Scurf,” my semi-weekly podcast here on HoustonTexans.com, features Texans strong safety Danieal Manning.

Manning, in his second season with the Texans and seventh in the NFL, has 32 tackles, an interception returned for a touchdown and three passes defensed. In the podcast, he discusses being nicknamed “Superman” in high school in Corsicana, Texas, where he was a highly-touted defensive back and track star; being recruited by Texas, Oklahoma, Penn State, Purdue, Arkansas and Alabama and almost ending up at Texas A&M before signing with Nebraska in 2001; transferring to Division II Abilene Christian; playing for Gary Gaines, the former coach at Odessa Permian who was chronicled in the movie “Friday Night Lights”; his own experience of Texas high school football; playing scout team his first  year at ACU and ruining the team’s offense in practice; being named to the all-century team at ACU as an active player; getting drafted in the second round by the Chicago Bears; going to the Super Bowl as a rookie in 2006; his disappointment over not receiving a long-term contract from Chicago after his rookie deal expired; leaving the Bears and joining the Texans as a free agent in 2011; playing for Wade Phillips and Vance Joseph; his increased comfort level in his second year in the defense; attending practice voluntarily during mini-camp this offseason just so he could watch; having 20-30 relatives in the Houston area and being able to have his family come to practices and games; his wife and kids; his faith; why Texans coach Gary Kubiak is a “players’ coach”; going back to Soldier Field to face the Bears; and whether Sunday night is a chance for the Texans defense to make a statement.

Thanks for listening. Link

OTWS archive
Episode 1 (6/2): J.J. Watt, Wade Phillips
Episode 2 (6/9): Duane Brown, Paul Kuharsky
Episode 3 (6/18): Whitney Mercilus, Keith Gilmore
Episode 4 (6/23): Case Keenum, Jerrry Rhome
Episode 5 (6/30): Matt Schaub, Geoff Kaplan
Episode 6 (7/24): James Casey
Episode 7 (8/4): Connor Barwin, Marc Vandermeer
Episode 8 (8/10): Justin Forsett, Chick Harris
Episode 9 (8/17): Bradie James
Episode 10 (9/8): Andre Johnson
Episode 11 (9/15): T.J. Yates
Episode 12 (9/22): Derek Newton
Episode 13 (9/29): Antonio Smith (Video: Smith on start of career)
Episode 14 (10/20): Bryan Braman (Video: Braman on special teams)
Episode 15 (11/3): Owen Daniels (Video: Daniels on TD celebration)
Episode 16 (11/10): Danieal Manning


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