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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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Comments

Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:04 am
 

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

Irsay,like his drunken father ,is NOT a football man.  Let the football people do the talking then you wont have to backstep your talk.



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:03 am
 

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

indy fans can make a big statement to irsay - simply dont buy tickets... he will get the message load and clear



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:01 am
 

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

hey alf - anybody with that stupid logo would know about being done!



Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:50 am
 

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

Irsay is such an idiot.  I sure hope things work out and Manning stays in Indy.  I'm an Indy fan and enjoy going to games every year, but it's looking like Manning won't be around next year.  If that is the case good LUCK Irsay, your top pick is not ready for the NFL and you will definitely be looking at another dismal year like you had this year.  I hope Manning is fully recovered and ready to play and if he doesn't stay in Indy I hope he goes somewhere that plays Indy so he can put an ass whoopin on them, not that it would be personal!


ALFIwantsout
Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:49 am
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Since: Aug 15, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:46 am
 

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

I was hoping Manning would retire as a Colt. It looks like this might not happen now. I wanted change after this season, but Irsay took it to a ridiculous level. If Peyton does leave, I will pull for his new team as if it were the Colts. Peyton has done so much for the city of Indianapolis that us locals will never turn against him.



Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:26 am
 

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

I would rather have Manning as my QB than any other player in the league.  Granted, this may not be true for the 2011 season, but even after the surgery, he is the smartest most accurate QB in the game....if not of all time.  Whoever "lucks out" and gets him next year will make a run.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:24 am
 

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

Peyton, if you don't want it to get personal, then stop making it! You too Irsay! Im waiting for Archie to stick his foot in his mouth like he always does!



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:06 am
 

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

Irsay thinks he's the star.




Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 8:54 am
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