Back in January 2014, Peyton Manning was asked by the media to explain what Omaha went. Not the most intelligent question really, the Bronco quarterback was never going to reveal what the signal call meant while he was still playing but none the less he offered a witty response at the time.
It has been one of the great mysteries of pro football in recent times. Several players have tried explaining the mysterious audible but now the man himself has talked about the meaning of his favourite word.
While making an appearance at the Adobe Summit in late March, Manning was asked what “Omaha” meant and he provided the answer.
“Omaha was just a indicator word, It was a trigger word that meant we had changed the play, there was low time on the clock and the ball needed to be snapped right now to kind of let my offensive lineman know that ‘Hey, we’d gone to Plan B, there’s low time on the clock.’ It’s a rhythmic three-syllable word, ‘O-ma-ha, set hut.”
Mystery solved, when the audible play call was getting big people were actually offering Manning money to use different words. “I can’t tell you how many solicitations I used to get for alternate words,” Manning said at the Adobe event. “People would write me letters.”