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Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:02 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 10:11 pm
Manning says he doesn't want things to get 'personal' with Jim Irsay. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

It's been an odd week for the Colts leading up to everyone and their brother arriving for the Super Bowl. First, there were Peyton Manning's comments on Monday night about how weird a place Lucas Oil Stadium had become with the changes to the Colts organization, among other things. Jim Irsay didn't like what Manning said, and called the quarterback a "politician" who was "campaigning" in his interview.

Manning has responded, via comments to Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star, and he's taking the high road.

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"At this point, Mr. Irsay and I owe it to each other and to the fans of the organization to handle this appropriately and professionally, and I think we will," Manning told Kravitz on Thursday night. "I've already reached out to Mr. Irsay. I wasn't trying to paint the Colts in a bad light, but it's tough when so many people you've known for so long are suddenly leaving. I feel very close to a lot of these guys and we've done great things together.

"It's hard to watch an old friend clean out his office. That's all I was trying to say."

Manning likely knows his time is done in Indy. He has to. But as with his comments on Monday, he's not stirring up his dirt when it comes to what he thinks the Colts will do with his contract.

"I just want to keep rehabbing and working hard, and when the time is right for Mr. Irsay and I to sit down, I look forward to a healthy conversation about my future," Manning said. "I've worked too hard and have such great respect and have so many great relationships inside the building and out, and it's incredibly important that those remain."

Manning also knows how different his legacy in Indy could be depending on how he exits stage right. Which is why he doesn't want things to get personal.

"I want to separate the personal and the business," Manning told Kravitz. "I've seen it get personal in other situations, and I don't want that to happen here."

A perfect example of this is the Brett Favre saga that went down in Green Bay. Things got personal. Things got ugly. And fans in Green Bay hated Favre after he left.

Manning is a smart dude, and he obviously has a ton of love in his heart for Indianapolis and the Colts organization. But he's also smart. Even if his comments on Monday were "campaigning," they weren't part of any type of negative campaign.

Irsay fired the first salvo and now Manning's walking away. If the Colts owner chooses not to do the same things won't get heated, but they will get awkward.

And it's already gotten personal.

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Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:38 am

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

couldnt have put it better |Dog - not sure but guessing the idiot errr i mean genius just wanted to be the only opposing view on the thread .... cause as far i can see that is the case!

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:37 am

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

Maybe I have been a little to involved with the upcoming Super Bowl and haven't heard all of Peyton's comments, but from what I have heard I don't think anything he has said has been unproffesional.  He has been the center and the leader of the Indianapolis Colts for so many years that it is hard to imagine him being in any other uniform!  I hate to say this, because I like Indy, as long as they are not playing New England, but it is obvious they can't do crap without Peyton.  He is a superstar and a future Hall of Famer and I think Irsay is stupid for the way he is treating his star Quarterback.  Peyton deserves better than this.  He deserves to be treated like New England treated Tom when he went down for a whole season and had two surgeries.  They didn't try to bring in some rookie quarterback that plays great college ball.  Or try to get Tom to train a future quarterback to take his place.  I believe the Indy organization owes Peyton a huge apology and if Peyton decides to Honor the Colts by coming back and putting on his uniform and play ball, the organization should be thankful and roll out the red carpet for him.  #1 Pats fan living in Colorado 

Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:33 am

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

This is such a sad time to be a Colts fan.. Manning is such a professional and Irsay is just a piece of trash.  He is going to completely ruin an orginazation that I have been following for 15 years.  Looks like it's time to go shopping for a new team to follow.

Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:28 am

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

Manning is one of the greatest QB's in the history of the game, and a great guy. Irsay is a nobody; just a guy with a bunch of money. The situation in the locker room is Irsay fault. He has some gull saying keep it in the "family" (not talk to the press) when he just fired a good portion of his family after one bad season. Irsay, why don't we talking about loyalty to the team instead? That's what Manning has, and you lack. Manning get out of Indi! I for one, will be rooting for you whereever you end up.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:21 am

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

Manning IS bigger than the owner, and therein lies the problem here...Irsay is a media-whore who tweets everytime he takes a dump practically, and he realizes there is no way he keeps Peyton and gets Andrew Luck. Peyton will take the high road because he is not an ego-maniac like Irsay and this will force the owner to use twitter to plead his case in public to try and save face. Manning will be treated as a demi-god in Indy for decades, and this will absolutely kill Irsay. The Colts will suck for many years and that's not good for business, and that's where it will sting the most for the owner. 

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:15 am

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

wow your and imbecile, manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game. for you to call him a have been wanna be superstar is ludacris. any team that needs a QB is licking their chops to get him! he will improve a teams offense ten fold. 
you final line should read; Ftballgenius, shut up! you have been wanna be superstar back in your intermural sports days!!!

go cowboys!!!! 

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:51 am

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

Manning doesn't get it!  He really doesn't get it and thinks he is bigger than the owner.  He is digging his grave for sure.  His comments were unprofessional and his follow-up was more unprofessional to suggest the ownership do anything.  He is gone for sure...just a mtter of time.  Te writings all over the wall and he is ruing his image with every comment to the public.  Peyton, shut up you have been wanna be superstar.

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:39 am

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

This is just cover for Irsay...he's paving the way to cut Manning, and portraying Manning as a "politician" is his attempt to preemptively spin the move.

Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:06 am

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

It's not personal - it's business.  Manning understands that if Irsay does not.  Manning is in a good position - Irsay is not.  Manning has all the money he needs - Irsay does not have a quarterback to lead the 'horseshoe.'  By taking the high road, Manning has increased his stature.  He needs to walk away from the game while he can and not risk injury.  He takes one hit, or lands wrong, he's paralyzed.  Walk away Peyton!

Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:06 am

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

How about Manning becoming a Cowboy?

Trade Romo to the teams looking for a QB and maybe get a DB who can cover.  Trade for Manning and with Dez, Miles and Witten what a fireworks show!!!

Jerry would like the attention of pulling that off!!!!

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