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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, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:02 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

28mil ,lots of dough.....but the Colts without Manning are as much fun to watch as a Rob Lowe movie. Hopefully Peyton retires as a Colt,anything else would be a travesty

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:57 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

If Manning goes elsewhere I predict it will be to either another dome team or a warm weather Southern team.  Manning has been one of the best QB's in the history of the league, but it would hurt his stats and effectivness if he had to play in the kinds of conditions Brady and Rogers play in in the latter parts of their seasons where wind, cold and snow/rain make the QB position and wins much more difficult than the perfect conditions found in a dome or a place like San Diego.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:51 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Peyton Manning would look very dashing in midnight green!! Fly, Eagles Fly, on the road to Manningville!

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:40 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Peyton has strong roots in the South. He will be traded to a team in the South.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:18 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Would hate to see Manning play on a bad team and gets seriously injured.  Maybe it's time that he should go into coaching. "Hey Peyton, Cleveland nees a OC."

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:16 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Hey Indy fans thank your owner if he fks over one of the greats and a great model citizen.  Your franchise has been exploited for the pieces of zhit they are and the team was exploited for what they were last season w/o Peyton.  Good luck winning 5 games every season for the next decade.  INDY= irrelevant for  long time to come.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:12 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Well we'll have local support in Indy for Eli.

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:07 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Luck will have some pretty big shoes to fill.  

Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:04 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

@Byte Me

Flacco isnt the reason you guys cant get to the SB.  And nobody gives a sh!t about the Ravens upcoming schedule.  This article is about Peyton Manning.  

I don't see quit in Manning's eyes yet.  He looks/sounds as determined as ever.  The Colts though need to do what is best for their franchise and that is to trade Peyton away.  I would think that Peyton fetches a pretty penny and having Andrew Luck combined with what they could get/save by trading Peytwon away seems like the only option to me.        

Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:56 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Peyton should retire with his health and reputation intact and take over as coach.  He's got years of experience unofficially coaching IND already, and it would be hard to find someone with more passion, knowledge, and ability to lead that team.

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