You read that right.
While Super Bowl XLVI is coming to Indianapolis, Peyton Manning, one of the city’s beloved heroes, could be leaving town soon, judging by the comments the quarterback made a few days ago.
Comments that were able to reach Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, the guy who engineered a huge revamp of the Colts front office which Manning didn’t like one bit.
After introducing new head coach Chuck Pagano, Irsay met with reporters and took some subtle but clear shots at Peyton Manning, the NFL’s only four-time MVP, who said earlier in the week that the Colts complex with so many getting fired wasn’t a healthy environment for his rehab from neck surgery.
”Look, I have so much affection and appreciation for Peyton,” Irsay said. ”We’re family, you know, we always will be and we are.” But then the team owner added, ”He’s a politician,” all the while admitting both he and Manning were ultra-competitive types.
That said, Irsay didn’t care for the tenor of some of Manning’s comments, which also made reference to not wanting to get into a war of words for public support.
”I don’t think it’s in a good interest to paint the horseshoe in a negative light, I really don’t,” Irsay said. ”He’s such a big part of that and everything else, but the horseshoe always comes first.”
”I think one thing that he’s always known, because he’s been around it so long, is you keep it in the family. If you’ve got a problem, you talk to each other. It’s not about campaigning or anything like that.”
Irsay had already seemed to react to Manning’s Monday comments in an exclusive interview with The Indianapolis Star’s Bob Kravitz when the owner tweeted Wednesday, ”Knowing medical situation last yr. n still paying $26,000,000.00 to #18,I’ve no regrets.It was right thing2do,I’m not pissed,contrary2rumor.”
Irsay reiterated today a decision on Manning’s future, and if the team will pay a $28 million team option on March 8 or let him become an unrestricted free agent, will be reached by them together.
Whether Peyton stays with the Indianapolis Colts or not, this is definitely one way to put the spotlight on them with only 10 days to go before their city hosts Super Bowl XLVI.
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