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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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Comments

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:37 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Everyone going to be shocked when Luck refuses to sing with Indy, they trade 1st overall and Manning plays another 4 seasons and retires a Colt



Since: Jul 17, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:26 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

eli will never be half the qb peyton is.Give peyton that receiving corps and he would win super bowl every year.eli is most ovverated qb in league.I would take guys like romo,rivers over him any day.



Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:25 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

This is very ironic.  I am dating myself but I was a Colt fan and season ticketholder with Unitas, Mackey, Donovan , Marchetti, Berry, Moore, Matte on and on.  They had first modern dynasty.  They were one of greatest teams ever.  Along came this guy Irsaywho took the team and ran it into ground.  So bad Elway would not play for them.  Only no. 1 to totally reject team.  Also there was no respect for history by deceased Irsay.

Now Irsay Junior comes along.  He stays in background while Manning is in control.  What could he do.  1st opportunity to go another way for less money and he totally cleans house.  Coach not sure about.  However Polian is one of greatest GMs ever.  He did it in Buffalo and took a Colt team which was pathetic and selected Manning over Leaf and it was Katy bar the Door.  They will be back to that bottom rung position that Irsay deserves.  (He will save salary money.  Pathetic.  WOnder where he will take the moving vans to next.



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:03 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

You can give him a year or two for Luck to catch the hang of it.



Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:59 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Dear Peyton

I understand you want to play again but I think it's more important long term for you to retire so you can marry, have kids and actually be able to play with them. And I'd like for you to also be able to walk when your in your 80's. It's time that you embrace your
legacy and understand that you will never catch Tom Brady in Super Bowl victories. And you will never catch Eli either. Life isn't fair. You can ask the Paterno family that if you need confirmation.

You speak well and I"m sure that you have a future in the Indianapolis front office or in commercials. It's time to hang'em up my
friend. 



Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:36 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

DearPeyton,  You had major neck surgery and you're considering playing football again?  Are you crazy dude!  What do you have left to prove?  Take you millions, your multiple MVP's and Super Bowl and retire!  You have 40+ years of life left to live.  You can't buy your way out of a wheel chair.  You'll have enough neck problems when your 50 years old without playing another down.  Ask someone else that had neck surgery if they would like getting in a car wreck for money (that's what playing fb is lik). Anyone in their right mind would say no and so should you! 



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:23 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

It seems pretty clear that the colts have cleaned house and is rebuilding. I can't see irsay pay Peyton 28 mil to teach luck how to play. I would also expect to see Reggie Wayne released and maybe some of the d line traded. Jeff Saturday is retiring. It is time for the colts to regroup and paying Peyton that kind of money is a waste. Here's to Peyton going to the fins!!



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:20 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

I think my Colts are done. By the time the season starts Wayne, Freeney, Mathis and Manning will all be gone. Im hoping for a Dungey/Manning reunion here in Tampa and bring Wayne with you!


tomebrady08
Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:16 pm
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Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:15 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

remember the vols didn't win a championship until the legendary tee martin took over at QB. peyton got lucky in that his super bowl victory came against rex grossman. i agree with some posts, peyton has racked up meaningless regular season stats vs. weak divisional foes. in the playoffs, his record isn't even equal to donovan mcnabb or kurt warner. the colts are dummies if they fork over $28 MIL to a broke neck, 36 yr. old QB. good "Luck" to the colts next year, time to rebuild & reload with fresh young talent. if peyton can't pass a physical in march, cut him loose. no loyalty in the NFL, that's the way it go. good luck to peyton and whatever team archie decides he can play for next year.


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