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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: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:50 pm
 

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

"Sorry, Peyton, opening up your big pie-whole against an organization that just paid you $26M to watch football from the sidelines made it personal with, you know, the guy who signed that big fat check.  Oh, well, you got enough money to show him now don't ya?"


Uhh, yeah..And you know why Irsay signed that big fat check? Because every time he goes to that nice new stadium (that will host some small event known as the Superbowl), even he knows Peyton Manning built it. If Irsay doesnt want to pay him, then don't. Nobody in the world would fault him. But its funny to read about him telling Manning to put the horseshoe first (or some stupid thing he said) while tweeting away for the world to see.



Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:47 pm
 

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

Guess we'll see if this leads to Peyton Manning getting cut or traded.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:47 pm
 

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

If Peyton was smart he would have known Mr. Irsay was in fact going to take his comments personally.  He had to know Mr. Irsay would respond.  Obviously, Peyton was frustrated and mouthed off frustration. No crime there.  The lesson learned is please know your time is up and leave with dignitiy and class.




Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:41 pm
 

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

pluv he is talking about last season when manning got paid full salary to do next to nothing.



Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:37 pm
 

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

uhhhh NOMANS the 26 mil due March 15... hence the Irsay B.S. and the inevitable release of Manning to go be within one hit of the end somewhere else.



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:29 pm
 

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

anyone who loves football has GOT to respect Peyton Manning......please media people to NOT turn what is going on with Peyton into the next "Peyton Watch"





Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:18 pm
 

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

Sorry, Peyton, opening up your big pie-whole against an organization that just paid you $26M to watch football from the sidelines made it personal with, you know, the guy who signed that big fat check.  Oh, well, you got enough money to show him now don't ya?
 


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