The House that Peyton Built

As an Indianapolis Colts fan I was hoping that this day would not come for a few more years. As I closely followed the discussion and speculation going on throughout the sports world, it was certainly no surprise when the press conference was scheduled; however, when I heard the announcement it still felt like a punch in the stomach. Peyton Manning, one of the best quarterbacks of all time, has been released from the Indianapolis Colts.

A four-time NFL MVP, with impeccable stats and untouchable records, a player who single-handedly turned a football franchise around, is being cut from his own team. With 14 record-breaking years in Indianapolis he’s been referred to as the ‘Player of the Decade,’ and now he’s being forced out of the House that Peyton Built. Andy Roddick said it best when he said, “The Colts cutting Peyton feels like the North Pole kicking out Santa.”

The House that Peyton Built

When we traveled to Indianapolis back in 2010, we could have never imagined that we would be watching one of Manning’s last games as a Colt.

While we were visiting, I noticed that everywhere we went everyone was wearing Colt’s gear: little old ladies, young children, men, women, teens, almost everyone. I could sense the feeling of unity, and the pride that these people had for their hometown team.

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Indy will miss you #18.

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  1. Cody
    March 28, 2012 / 10:44 AM

    This still just doesn’t feel right. How can this happen? I feel guilty for cheering for the colts to get the first draft pick this year because honestly I had no idea nor could I ever have imagined they would release an untradeable player like Peyton manning. He bled blue and busted his ass for his team like no other player. He took a pay cut to keep players like Adai and Wayne in Indy and they went from a super bowl contending team to losing almost every game and the only thing that happened is peyton manning did not play. This will go down in history as one of the worst decisions in football history. I have high hopes. For Andrew luck and I really wanted him and I hope he keeps the colts spirit but he has one hell of a job to do and everyone will be watching and picking apart ever decision he ever makes. Also every touchdown that manning throws from hear on out will be a dagger in every colts fans heart. I have a feeling that manning will get a chance in the playoffs sometime before his retirement to get revenge and I think he will beat the colts out of the playoffs.

    This is the worst thing to happen in sports. Here I was so worried about our bulldogs dumping our wonderful coach and this came out of no where. I honestly did not see Irsay dropping manning ever. How can you? He went from MVP untradeable player to dropped on his face for a rookie that may or may not be ready for the nfl. No matter what I will bet my paycheck that he will never be the quarterback that manning was or is. I will be a broncos fan just because I am a huge Peyton manning fan and I can’t help but be bitter with the colts not only the owner but the players for not playing better and saving us this embarrassment

    Great post babe

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