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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 26, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:40 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

I love Peyton's Sodapop Curtis remark! That made me laugh this morning and I needed that. It will surprise me if he remains an Indianapolis Colt because everything points to the team starting over from scratch. Look at the moves owner Jim Irsay has made since the end of the season and it's an easy thing to see. Why do you think it's been made clear that Irsay and Irsay only will make the decision regarding Manning's future?  It takes everyone off the hotseat and puts it on him because of fan's who will blame the new GM for getting rid of a legend.

There's a lot of money at stake as well when it comes to keeping Manning, but Irsay is putting a buffer around the new regime and will take all the heat that will come when the decision is announced. I'd actually be stunned if they keep Manning now and I didn't think this way until recently, but the writing on the wall is clear. I think if healthy and in the right situation Manning can play for a few more years at a high level, but his age and health are the keys to why the Colts will be starting over with Andrew Luck.

The team got lucky to suck so bad without Manning and will have the #1 pick to start the climb back up the NFL mountain. 

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:37 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

It doesn't matter where Peyton Manning plays, he'll be successful.  Next year, even if his little brother wins the super bowl, Eli will become "the other Manning" again. 

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:32 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

The Irsay's have always been a family full of idiots. They are shady people. I just hope when they release Peyton prior to the March bonus, it comes back and bites them in the butt.

Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:23 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Whatever the future holds for him, there are at least two things we all have to expect: 1) that he will be fully recovered soon and 2) he keeps himself involved with football at any level, either playing or coaching. Get well, Peyton!

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:21 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

One, if not the best qb off all time, is feeling uncomfortable at his own stadium brilliant idea. Mannining has a t least 3-4 good years left in him. At least 10 teams would kill for his services

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