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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 23, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:31 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Poor coaching?  Maybe, I'm not sure about that.  Poor front office management?  Absolutely!


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Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:43 pm
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Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:40 pm
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Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:37 pm
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Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:26 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

You greedy SOB.  You are exactly what is wrong with this country.  Your salary destroyed the whole team.  You collected and now you will put another franchise in salary hell.  How much is enough?  How much better can you eat at 10 million versus 20 million? I use to admire you and I was not a Colts fan nor did I dislike them. You got bigger than the team and look what you left in your wake and the lives you destroyed.




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:26 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

do you really think luck will fill mannings shoes? maybe in 3 or 4 years maybe. 
remember a guy named flynn, yes, hes still in the league, still a back up, and when rodgers is done, flynn will take over,
exactly whats going to happen in indy. peyton has a few more years left. he will retire and take over as OC, and will coach luck to great sucess.

and i am a cowboys fan, this is what will happen. if not, im sure jones will spend the money on peyton.

go boys go. ( next year )

for now! why not, go GiANTS.
 



Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:24 pm
 

Peyton loyal and selfless

Peyton Manning has worn one uniform throughout his career and has restructred his contract to help the team win. The only other player I can think of off the top of my head that has done this is Chipper Jones in baseball. If Indy chooses not to keep Peyton they should at least have the dignity to help with a trade to a team of his choosing. I honestly miss the old days when guys played for and retired for one team for their entire career. It almost taints their legacy for them to put on a different uniform. The problem is this is not Peyton's choice.



Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:21 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

you're a damned idiot



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:10 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Under the cover of darkness on the night of February 29, 2012,the Indianapolis Colts packed up the Mayflower (don't even know if they exist anymore) ok u-haul trucks and leave the city of Indianapolis and head for LA, leaving Peyton Manning behind wondering where his 28 million is going to come from.
Fast forward to November 2012, Peyton Manning with a team recruited from the local Indy bars leads the Colts to a 45-2 win over LA Nomads to improve their record 8-3 and sending the Nomads to 11th consecutive defeat. 



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:09 pm
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