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.”
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.