Thursday, January 19, 2012

Colts Peyton Manning Calling It Quits?!

Hey there.  The NFL has been good to me.  It has brought me many great times with my brother and I'm happy to see that those great times are now including my son.  His love for the game is increasing with each year and I'm thankful that we all got to experience our first NFL game together.  Throughout the years, I have seen great players come and go.  Barry Sanders, Joe Montana, John Elway.  At the same time, I've seen perennial busts.  Ryan Leaf, JaMarcus Russell, Akili Smith.  But you know what?  That's why I love the game.  You just never know who will emerge a star and which ones will fall like no other.  So when word gets out that one of the greats is thinking retirement, the sports world listens.  Peyton Manning has been plagued by neck injuries.  He's had like 3 or so neck surgeries in a little over a year.  It doesn't take a doctor to say that playing in the NFL after so many surgeries on the neck may not be the best of ideas.  Recently, the Indianapolis Colts have cleaned house.  They have fired couches and executives and there is speculation that Manning might be next to go.  With the Colts holding that #1 pick, Andrew Luck could very well be on his way to Indy.  And if that's the case, what's to happen to Manning?  If we are to believe Rob Lowe, yes... that Rob Lowe, Peyton is planning on retiring.

Yesterday, Rob Lowe provided some Twitter fuel to the masses and said that Peyton Manning will be retiring.  It's a known fact that Lowe is a avid Colts fan so there could be some weight behind those words.  I doubt that he'll proclaim something like that BEFORE Manning would have a chance to tell the world first.  I think that Lowe realized this quickly since he sent out a few more tweets shortly after trying to discredit himself and tried to play it off as rumors.  Check out the tweets and let me know what you think.
If he is correct, the NFL is truly losing one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.  Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will forever be linked as one of the greatest QB rivalries in the NFL and the argument will live on forever as to who is the best QB.  Brady may have the rings, but Peyton did more with less.  I won't get into it here since I know that NFL analysts everywhere will beat this for years to come once their playing days are over.

The NFL has been good to me.  My son knows who Peyton Manning is.  He knows the significance of Peyton's neck injury.  It became apparent to me when he noticed that the Colts sucked and instantly claimed that Peyton made that team work.  If Peyton decides to retire, I'll feel bad for the boy.  He won't get to see the mastermind of Peyton Manning in NFL action again.  Later!

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