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Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:00 am
No matter what Chris Traeger might tweet, Manning plans on playing football again. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

While one Manning prepares for a Super Bowl, another is just trying to get healthy. Eli is headed to Indianapolis for a Giants-Patriots rematch (even if in name only). Peyton, meanwhile, continues to recover from neck surgery that kept him sidelined for the 2011 season, played no small part in the Colts' 2-14 record, owner Jim Irsay's subsequent housecleaning, and the team's plans to take a quarterback with its well-earned first-overall pick.

Thanks to Rob Lowe, fictional Indiana native, Manning was supposedly retiring. This literally is not true.

Manning spoke Monday with the Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz about what lies ahead and it most certainly involves playing football.

“I never thought `Sodapop Curtis’ would announce my retirement,’’ Manning said, referring to Lowe’s character in the 1983 movie “The Outsiders.’’ “I always thought I would be the one to announce it. I’m a huge fan of the movie, but that caught me way off guard. I can’t explain it. I know (Lowe) is a friend of Jim’s (Irsay), and Jim sounded surprised.’’

Manning said he finally met with new general manager Ryan Grigson, who hinted that his future in Indianapolis will be determined by the owner.

"One thing he (Grigson) kind-of, sort-of told me, without really wanting to tell me, was that Irsay will be the guy I'm going to sit down and talk with. That's going to happen at some point, but we haven't had that conversation yet because we really don't need to have that conversation yet."

Manning is due a $28 million roster bonus the first week of March and whether the Colts decide to give it to him will largely be determined by his health.

"You know I don't like to say something like, 'There’s no way I can play Sunday,' then come out and play Sunday and everybody in the media is writing 'I can’t believe he’s playing,'" Manning told Kravitz. "I'm not into the drama. And I'm not into saying, 'Well, this is it, I sure have enjoyed it.' I'm not into saying goodbye. All I know is I'm still under contract to the Colts. I'm still the quarterback of the Colts That's why I'm in the building every day trying to get healthy."

Manning also lamented that the upheaval in the front office and on the coaching staff has "Everybody walking around on eggshells. I don't recognize our building right now. There's such complete and total change. … I mean, it's 20 degrees, it's snowing, the building is absolutely empty except when you see coaches cleaning out their offices," he said.

"I guess it's the reality of the football world, just not something I've had to deal with very often. But I'm in there every day, so I have to sit there and see it. Everybody's being evaluated and I'm no different. It's not the best environment."

Whatever happens in coming weeks, this much is certain: if the Colts are ready to move on from Manning, there will be plenty of teams interested in his services.

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Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:25 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

So this is the new world we live in, where any idiotic person (Rob Lowe) can post some nonsense on Twitter and the media snap it up as being REAL NEWS, without any checking, investigating  etc. The modern news media totally blows. Freedom of the press comes with the resonsibility that the news reported in the press is factual or at least has been investigated. But no, no more. Apparently I can say right now on Twitter that Aaron Rodges has fleas and voila, it's a news story. Now the media reports the gossip as news, investigates afer the fact, and has no accountability for spreading lies. Just ask Bernie Fine after the media ruined his career. The modern media asssssumes too much and is not held accountable and is flat out destructive.

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:23 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

gotta love this guy and i am not an indy fan ... sodapop curtis! that is too frickin hilarious!!!!!!!

throughout this entire process i have always went back to Israys' comments and the one that resonated with me "peyton is more than a football player he is part of the family" has always stuck. At no time did i ever think Isray would let peyton go(unless of course peyton requested it)and i always just felt he would be  a perfect fit to tutor Luck(who contrary to belief is not ready to step in and win) and eventually become part of the coaching staff.

now i question that. I firmly believe this will be a business decision and all israys' commnets are bs. neck operations aside, there would be no way peyton would return if there was a risk to any permanent damage. Lets face it, every player who suits up takes a chance of serious injury, but there is no way peyton risks his health with a new young family... he is way too intelligent!

one posted mentioned a sign and trade, and the closer the deadline comes, with no disclosure from isray and peytons comments about the facility being empty leads me to believe he wont be there in 2012.

i hope he finds a home to finish his career where there is strong ownership and a cast that he can quickly teach HIS offense to.

All the best PM!        

Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:22 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

I am one of those Pats' fans who loves Peyton Manning as a player. I LOVE the rivalry. This season's matchup SUCKED without Peyton. I'd never want to see him leave the game in this manner, so suddenly.

I am also one of those people who believe he WILL retire, but he's not stupid enough to walk away from at least a piece of the $35 million (roster bonus PLUS salary) he stands to get before he is absolutely sure he cannot play. Who would? He wasn't expecting this to happen and that's an awfully big chunk of change to walk away from before you've exhausted every option.

Manning is a competitor and he's going to play his hand down to the wire before walking away from a sport he loves and a lotteryesque paycheck.

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:17 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

yeap all the signs of a football player about to announce his retirement.....

Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:14 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Maybe Oakland can give up their first, third and fourth picks in 2013... everyone else has their picks, why not the Colts.  maybe Manning could teach Palmer how to be a QB...

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:13 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring


I'm sure Ray Lewis would kill to have manning on his team this upcoming year...

Since: May 27, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:05 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Sodapop Curtis...LOL

Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:02 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Actually if Peyton really does say he thinks Jim Irsay is a close friend and part of the family I hope that Jim can sit in front of Peyton and tell him look I wouldlove you to come back and play QB but as your friend I would never forgive myself if you get hit and paraziled for life. So this is what I wouldlike to do I'll pay you the bonus but we are going to draft Mr. Luck I want you to join our coaching staff as the QB Coach I'm asking you as a friend.

I'm not a Peyton Manning fan but it's really time for him to step away three kneck operations aren't something to mess around with one blind side hit or even a stander knock down could leave him in a wheel chair for life and as much as allot of us don't like Peyton the player I don't think any of us would like to see him ending up in a wheel chair. Also I think the NFLPA should also try to talk some smarts into Peyton.

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:54 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

The colts are going to pay the bonus , which activates a 4 year deal then trade him ,Arizona is one team already that is willing to give up alot to get him and their will be others , indy should go that route easily !! Because you don't pass up the best qb to come out of the draft since Elway for a qb (36 years old) who at best only has 2 or 3 years left even if it is Peyton manning

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:46 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Even though my team wasn't really mentioned, I think he would work out really well with Pete Carroll in the Pacific Northwest with the Seahawks, otherwise for my wife's sake, the Jet's should go after him, and it would be awesome for the Manning brothers to face each other in Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey!!!

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