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Manning’s Days in Indy are numbered

While all eyes are on Indianapolis for this weekends Super Bowl rematch between the NY Giants and the New England Patriots, a dominating topic during the week of super hype has nothing to do with the game. Rather, it has to do with the immediate future of Peyton Manning and the Colts. Things reached a boiling point last week as some of the uneasiness played out in the media. How do you say goodbye to an all time great? How do you say goodbye to a guy, who was a model citizen, who gave his heart and soul to a franchise and basically became the face of it for more than a decade? Not an easy thing to do. We have seen it done before, the great ones at some point in thier careers have to move on. It is never pleasant. Who could forget the great Jerry Rice ending his career in Bronco and Seahawk uniforms, OJ Simpson’s battered knees trying to hang on for just one more run in San Francisco. Emmit Smith a Cardinal? Joe Montana in a Chiefs uniform even though he enjoyed moderate success. There are so many examples, even in other sports and there is always that familiar sour taste. So the impending divorce between Peyton Manning and the Colts will be just the latest in a long line of historical break ups between great, hall of fame type athletes and the teams or cities they once called home. What makes this particular case even more tragic is the Peyton dilemma is taking place in his city, as his brother Eli is about to play the sport’s biggest game against a great rival in Tom Brady. We should be talking about Eli-Tom Terrific 2, instead we’re talking about big brother Peyton who has not taken a snap this season. Furthermore, and even more troubling is Peyton may not take another snap, ever again in an NFL game. The final verdict is not in, but the speculation is rampant that we may have seen the last of Peyton Manning in an NFL game as his injury is simply not getting any better. While teams are lining up with hopes of obtaining his services in Miami, San Francisco, Tennessee, Arizona and others. The writing may be on the wall, we will all know soon enough. Regardless of how it all pans out one thing is certain,Peyton Manning is without a doubt a first ballot hall of famer. Whenever the conversations are had in relation to the best that ever did it, Manning’s name will be mentioned several times during that discussion

About Ed

Ed is one half of the Sports Brothers. He has been in the radio industry for 14 years working in several formats including urban and talk. Upon returning to Miami in 2006 and working at WTPS, he and Jeff Fox were paired up and started The Sports Brothers.