I’ve always said that I love when a player stays with the same team for the duration of their career. It was hard to see Jordan, Rice, Montana, (Emmitt) Smith, Farve and others bounce around to team after team. There are some athletes that you think it could never happen to. Even in today’s salary cap- free agency world or sports, I still thought that some were untouchable. With the Colts set to officially release Peyton Manning today with a noon press conference, that thought process in my mind just got a little more smaller.
14 years in the same uniform. A four time league MVP. A Super Bowl ring (almost two). A new stadium. A future Hall of Famer. And now, a free agent. The list of accolades past, present and future are long for Manning, and I don’t doubt that he will add to it at his new home. Where and when he will move we won’t know until Manning and the teams interested in him o a thorough investigation into his health and his fit into that team.
If you thought Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin were overkill in the media, sit back and watch this circus over the next few weeks.
Finally, I thought that this video of the Manning and colts owner Jim Irsay arriving together at the airport after a plane ride from Florida was surreal and almost creepy. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a team owner and a soon to be former player hang out like this roughly 12 hours before that player is about to be released from the team.
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.