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Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:56 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 5:34 am
Manning says he feels 'real good' despite reports. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning's the name no one can stop talking about at Super Bowl XLVI. His silence during the early part of the week is part of the reason why everyone from Eli Manning to Tom Brady has been quizzed (or had their verbiage scrutinized) about the Colts quarterback.

On Tuesday, Manning emerged from hiding and told ESPN in an interview that, despite reports to the contrary, he "really feel[s] good," that he has no plans to retire, but that he also has "no set timetable" for how long he'll play in the NFL.

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"I really feel good. I continue to make progress every day," he said. "Everything that the doctors have told me has been on point, which is encouraging to me. I just had a great day today with rehab, just got back from the facility, and that's what we continue to do. Just keep trying to get better. So far I have. That's the plan from here on out."

Not surprisingly, Manning has no plans to retire. But he also has no idea how long he'll play in the NFL.

"[There's] no set timetable," Manning said when discussing how long he'd play in the NFL. "I really don't. I've played a long time. I'm grateful for the time that I've played so far, and I have nothing to complain about. How much longer, we'll see."

Manning also talked about his relationship with Jim Irsay and their upcoming decision. He said that he and Irsay's relationship has "always been great" and will "continue to be great," and that the two wouldn't be talking about the decision on whether Manning will remain a Colt until after the Super Bowl.

Interestingly, Manning believes Irsay will make that decision before the March 8 deadline in Peyton's contract.

"I think the sooner the better, I really do," Manning said. "Jim and I talk constantly, we really do. We're in constant communication, and after this week is over, we'll do it, and we'll make a good plan from there. Either way, it's going to be good. I'm at peace, and it'll be a positive thing, I can assure you."

Unfortunately for Manning, it's pretty unlikely that the rest of the football-watching world will be at peace until a decision is actually made. Which means the next six days are going to continue to center around his future with the Colts.

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Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:59 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Irsay should pay Peyton the 28Million whether Peyton can play or not. Irsay is rich because of Peyton. Peyton would have been rich without Irsay.

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:34 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Hey MikeMal12

Hey I'm only saying - since the guy had a number of surguries now, and the best doctors, I guess you are correct.  By the way I never posted what you are stating - but you probably didn't read.

I love Peyton (even though I am a NE Patriots fan) and sometimes you have to look at something for what its worth.  It doesn't affect me so quite honestly go Peyton go - good luck.
If he decides to play all the world to him. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:31 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

"I feel really good!"  Yeah right.  Seriously people wake up!!  He's not gonna retire, because he restructured a contract to backload his bonuses over the final two years.  Now the Colts have to pay him 18 mil to cut him, or 28 mil per yr over the final 2 years each yr they decide to keep him.  That's 19 mil per yr salary and 9 mil per yr for that bonus they owe.  If they cut him next yr, then they will have paid him 28 mil to keep him on the sidelines this season, plus they'll still owe him 9 mil more just to cut him in 2013.

Simple math folks, he aint' retiring and he ain't coming back either...he just wants the 18 mil the Colts owe him!!  And he will get it. 

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:18 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Peyton, Make sure you put some extra tape on that neck to hold your head on when you play again. You are not sounding very bright. Just retire dude.

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:06 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

you can score me better than an 85 sometimes!!! smh... lol jk

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:03 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

People, please do some type of research on injuries before you decide to comment. I was reading about the injury and it said that there are many NFL players that have returned to active play after they received the surgery and they completed their careers with no issues. Once the fusion has healed his neck will have the same chance of injury as it did when he was 23. Also its Peyton Manning, i doubt he has some fly by night doctor who got his degree at the community university, the doctor(s) he is working with i am sure know what is in his best interest and would recommend that best decision for him to make.  His major concern is the nerve and the time line of when and if he will be completely healthy.  So please when you write a post based on your opinion and try not to make it sound like a fact that you are 100% sure of because you tend to mislead people who read them. Take a fraction of the time you put into reading all the articles about him and go read about the injury and the surgery procedure then base a more FACTUAL opinion. Ok? thanks! bye. 

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:02 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Hey RedlegAlex,

Is that you talking or Peyton?  I still laugh at these posts about "yeah just go out there and do it- rah rah". 

"Getting hit is not an issue anymore" - I wish it were you making this decision and then we will see chicken little.

I wish the best for Peyton but good luck in your endeavors.
Listening to RedlegAlex-dumba@@ is probably not what you are listening to.

Anyway - my opinion is that if Peyton feels ok to play then he will decide, but he still seems squirmish about it.  That is not a good sign.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:54 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'


Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:47 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

All it's going to take is one hit, or one awkward landing to paralyze you for life.  IT'S NOT WORTH IT!

Wow. Another idiot.....  where do you get your information from son?  The odds of Peyton Manning being paralyzed are no better or worse then any other qb or NFL player being paralyzed.   

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:43 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

more than six months after surgery and still in rehab. If peytonstill has nerve symptoms ie numbness or weakness it aint gonna get better. 

It has been 5 months since a family member of ours had the same surgery and there are still some nerve issues but it's getting better by the day.  Specialists say it takes 6 months for the injury to heal and the nerve issues could last a little longer.  

I wish more of you actually knew something about the injury before making stupid statements.

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