Here's why Peyton Manning's hilarious 'SNL' skit nearly didn't happen

Peyton Manning says he really DIDN'T want to fire footballs at kids' faces during his famous 2007 "Saturday Night Live" skit - but changed his mind when a parent begged him to peg his kid.

Manning was known for his competitiveness, so this made for a fun skit as he lost his temper and chucked the ball at the kids, who had no chance to grab it. I'll go up to the edge, this feels over the edge.

Although the skit ended up being hilarious, it nearly never happened. Peyton's classic United Way spoof has stood the test of time as the most memorable segment from that show, but he recently explained that he could have turned out differently.

"We did this one skit that people ask me a lot about".

Manning did reveal that the footballs used to hit the kids were actually Nerf footballs with the Nerf logo cut out.

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In the above video posted on Twitter, Manning said he originally told the directors that he couldn't be in the skit. I remember the director said, 'Peyton, you're a charitable guy, this a spoof of the United Way, that's why it's going to be amusing.

How did Manning find it in his heart to throw something at child actors? I will knock your kid out. "You have to whack these kids right in the head, '" Manning recounted.

"I kept saying, 'My mother is going to be so disappointed when she sees this, '" Manning said.

One other secret Manning spilled is that he didn't use normal footballs in the skit: He was nailing the kids with Nerf footballs.

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