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Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning: 'I love him'

Posted on: January 30, 2012 4:14 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 4:14 pm
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By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- The relationship between Colts owner Jim Irsay and quarterback Peyton Manning seemingly has broken down in the past two weeks after Irsay fired Jim Caldwell. Not knowing whether Manning’s fused neck will heal enough to allow him to play again and not knowing whether the Colts will want to bring him back, the two have had an ugly spat that’s played out in the media.

In fact, the two felt compelled to release a dual statement in which they proclaimed, “We would like to dispel any misperception that there might be any hard feelings between us. … We have always been able to talk and address matters we’ve faced over the years, not just as owner and player, but as friends.”

But as’s Pete Prisco wrote, Irsay shouldn’t forget that the play of Manning in elevating the franchise allowed this city to earn a Super Bowl bid.

Irsay hasn’t.

“To look at Peyton as an owner, it’s what you dream about having a player like that,” Irsay said Monday. “You’re so blessed to have someone come in and to be such a part of the community and to be part of the golden era. Eventually, there will be the statue and all those things. We’ve been through a lot of battles together, but we’re very close. Some of the things that get out there, there’s probably a misconception because we’re family. We’ve given each other flak. He’s competitive and so am I. But I love him.”

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After the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee presser was over Monday afternoon, a horde of media trailed Irsay for more sound, but he didn’t want to comment on Manning’s future with the organization, preferring instead to focus on the actual game this week.

“What he’s meant to the franchise and what we’ve done, he played a huge role in that,” Irsay said. “That’s obvious.”

Indiana governor Mitch Daniels also recognized the importance of Manning and Irsay.

“Peyton Manning and Jim Irsay are two of the most important figures in the world of professional football,” Daniels said. “What everyone needs to know is they are equally great citizens. They have been role models for other citizen and leaders. Our job has been made a whole lot easier by the exemplary leadership each of them has provided. We couldn’t be luckier.”

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Since: Jan 30, 2012
Posted on: January 30, 2012 5:29 pm

Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning: 'I love him'

grammatically, 'has meant' is correct because it encompasses both past and present. Now if he had said just 'meant' that would have been a different story.........

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2012 5:24 pm

Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning: 'I love him'

Jim "I need to learn to shut my mouth" Irsay is killing himself this week. Everytime i turn on the computer or TV all i see is this clown saying something else stupid.

Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2012 4:35 pm

Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning: 'I love him'

“What he’s MEANT to the franchise and what we’ve done, he played a huge role in that,” Irsay said. “That’s obvious.”

Shouldn't that say "What he MEANS to the franchise...."

Apparently Irsay HAS made his decision.

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