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Rob Lowe tweets that Peyton Manning is retiring

Posted on: January 18, 2012 4:02 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2012 4:47 pm
Yeah, this seems about right. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Someone is finally reporting that Peyton Manning is retiring. Only it's probably not the NFL "insider" you would expect. Instead, it's Parks and Rec actor Rob Lowe, who reported the news on Twitter Wednesday.

No. Really. This happened.

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"Hearing my fave, #18 Peyton Manning will not return to #NFL. Wow. #Colts," Lowe tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.

Lowe then tweeted at Rich Eisen, inquiring if the news was accurate and noting that "my people are saying Manning will retire today." (Emphasis mine.)

So, yes, this would be a huge deal. A tremendously huge, ridiculous, insane deal, particularly if Rob Lowe broke the news of Peyton Manning's retirement on Twitter, even though he didn't want to.

"#Colts fans, let's hope my info is wrong," Lowe tweeted. "Don't like being wrong, but this time... I'm hoping #NFL #Manning"

Lowe and his family are Colts fans -- he attended the Super Bowl in Miami when Indy lost to the Saints and he's been known to interact with Colts owner Jim Irsay. Irsay even claims the two are "buddies," so there's that.

Those close to Peyton had a slightly different reaction to the news.

According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network talked to Manning's agent Tom Condon and if Manning was retiring it "was news to him." Chris Mortensen of ESPN contacted Archie Manning, who laughed at the notion.

"Noooo ... he ain't retiring," Archie said. "I think he would've told me."

So it's probably not true. But if it is, then it is LIT-TRA-LEY the craziest NFL story of all time.

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Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:02 pm

Rob Lowe tweets that Peyton Manning is retiring

Does Rob Lowe know where Dwight Howard will end up?

Since: Jan 1, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 2:02 pm

Rob Lowe tweets that Peyton Manning is retiring

Archie Manning said his middle son, Peyton Manning, prefers to stay in Indianapolis to continue his career with the Colts, but before any decision is made he has to recover from neck surgery that sidelined him for the entire 2011 season.

“Peyton kind of likes his roots in Indy,” Archie Manning said yesterday after watching his youngest son, Eli Manning, lead the Giants to a 37-20 Divisional victory over the Packers at Lambeau Field. “We’ll see what happens there. If that doesn’t work and he can get healthy we’ll see. That’ll all work out. He’s just trying to get healthy.”

The Colts have the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft and speculation is they will select quarterback Andrew Luck of Stanford. It’s possible the Colts could trade Manning, and the Jets are among the teams who could be interested in acquiring the future Hall of Fame quarterback.

Asked specifically whether he would like to see Peyton with the Jets, the elder Manning said, “I’m not going to get into that.”

Archie said Peyton is focused solely on his rehab.

“He’s got a great attitude,” Manning said. “He’s just fighting and scratching, trying to get healthy. We’ll see what happens.”

The Manning family patriarch took time to credit Peyton for helping Eli achieve success in the NFL. Eli will play in his second NFC Championship Game on Sunday when the Giants travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers for a trip to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

“Peyton’s been a great mentor to Eli,” Manning said. “People think I am. But Peyton’s been Eli’s best mentor.”

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:42 pm

Rob Lowe tweets that Peyton Manning is retiring

Rob Lowe's connections > John Clayton's

Hollywood circles > NFL circles 

No one gives a sh*t about John Clayton or Adam Shefter. For people to think this is "unbelievable" is funny. Not saying it's true, that's beside the point, but no one should be shocked if it was.  

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:33 pm

Rob Lowe tweets that Peyton Manning is retiring

Must be pillow talk. The worst kept secret in Hollywood is that Lowe and Manning have been in a relationship for some time. Let's hope my info is wrong.

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:51 pm

Rob Lowe tweets that Peyton Manning is retiring

Perhaps Rob Lowe should stick to making b-rate movies and TV shows nobody watches.  What an idiot.

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:47 pm

Rob Lowe tweets that Peyton Manning is retiring

Are you kidding me? This is "news"? Come on, you must have beena ble to come up with something else to fill your "article quota" for the week!

Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:27 pm

Rob Lowe tweets that Peyton Manning is retiring


Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:22 pm

Rob Lowe tweets that Peyton Manning is retiring

According to my people, this will be Will Brinsons last article.  Fortunately for him, its not injury related.  He is just a really bad writer who has no clue how to report news. 

Since: Nov 20, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:25 am

Rob Lowe tweets that Peyton Manning is retiring

Funny, I didn't know that a washed up Hollywood actor was now the palyer rep for Peyton Manning. What a freakin' joke. All these twitter bandits are getting out of control. If Peyton is retiring it sure as hell isn't going to be leaked through twitter. Secondly isn't going ot be from that of a guy who hasn't been relavent since Tommy Boy came out over 10 years ago.

As for Peyton retiring. I'm for it if the mans health for the future is in danger. He has small children and it would be a shame if ( God forbid ) was to happen that would lessen the quality of life for that of himself and especially his young children. He's been fun to watch all these years BUT I would hate to see him carted off and never walk again or worse ... I guess only time will tell.

Since: Jun 21, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:32 am

Rob Lowe tweets that Peyton Manning is retiring

Rob Lowe AND his wife are extremely well connected, and both know a lot of people.  As a result, they are in positions to hear things that most of us do not.  In the age of social media, stories can get broken by any different means.  Major stories do not get broken by the older sports writer, musty jacket, balding, cigar smoking, guy in a fedora.  Rushes his " breaking news " in to the editor.  Stop the presses! Let's not discount the story, but let's not take it as gospel either.  Peyton needs to say SOMETHING, anything.  He is a public figure, and even if what he says is noncommital, at least his silence is broken. 

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