Peyton Manning Says He’s Not Retiring, Talks Future in Football
Despite rumors spread by random actors saying differently, Peyton Manning has no plans to throw in the retirement towel just yet.
In an interview with the Indianapolis Star published today, Manning, who missed the entire 2011 NFL season with a neck injury, revealed that while he is planning on playing next season, he is uncertain that it will be with the team that drafted him back in 1998 with the No. 1 overall pick.
“I mean, it’s 20 degrees, it’s snowing, the building is absolutely empty except when you see coaches cleaning out their offices,” Manning told the paper, referencing recent changes to the Colts organization including the firing of general manager Bill Polian, coach Jim Caldwell and other team personnel, such as strength and conditioning coach Jon Torine.
“I guess it’s the reality of the football world, just not something I’ve had to deal with very often. But I’m in there every day, so I have to sit there and see it. Everybody’s being evaluated and I’m no different. It’s not the best environment,” Manning told the paper.
Although the decision doesn’t rest completely in his hands, Peyton revealed he would like to stay in Indianapolis, where he has played for his entire 14-year career.
“It’s been a privilege to play here,” Maning said. “I love the fans, the city, the transformation of the fans, how our place has become the toughest stadium to play in, the fact our fans wear more jerseys to games than anybody else. It’s been fun to be a part of that.”
On the chance that the Colts don’t pick up Manning’s $28 million option due on March 8, there are rumors circulating that teams such as the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets will snatch up the stud QB.
Until then, Peyton says he will remain loyal to the team that has helped him rack up a set of impressive numbers including a Super Bowl title, 11 Pro Bowl selections and 11 seasons of throwing for more than 4,000 yards.
“All I know is I’m still under contract to the Colts,” Manning said. “I’m still the quarterback of the Colts That’s why I’m in the building every day trying to get healthy.”
In the clip below, Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star talks with ESPN on the future of Peyton Manning: