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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: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:41 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Do you guys do your research or read before you type?

The neck is fine. The bone is stable and solid. The issue of his neck getting hit is a more of an issue than any other QB.

The only issue is nerve growth and strength.

Getting hit is not an issue anymore.

Thank you, drive through.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:39 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Plain and simple.....he is DONE! A great career, but no way he comes back.

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:59 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

ok all you peolple please tell me your qualifications to inform peyton that he should not play? are you people stupid? the man has new twins and he is going to take a chance with his well being for cash or fame? i think not, this boy has a smart cro magin head on that injured neck. he will never take the field unless he is 100% and his chances of a severe injury are no higher than any other player on that field. PERIOD!

now to business -ole archie didnt raise any dummy, in fact and you can ask archie he will be more than willing to discuss it, and archie boy isnt letting him play. archie has some good stock there and he sure taught those boys well, peyton to TENN and after that mistake he made sure that Eli went to Ole Miss. in fact historians say he was even involved in mickeal orr going to Ole Miss.. errr oh that was that ugly old women with the bat - cathy bates!
anyone that doesnt agree that peyton is the all time greatest QB ever needs to look no further than one point - yes i know about his stats, mvp's, SB win and building the horsehoe franchise but none of those pale in comparison to that "soda pop curtis" line that he dropped unrehearsed less than 2 weeks ago. now everyone realizes just how big that brain really is in that huge melon.... heal up peyton and PLEASE give us a couple more soda pop curtis bombs! war peyton!     

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:29 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. 

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:19 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Three neck surgeries, nerve damage, and playing an extremely violent sport where you will get sacked 20-25 times a year with a good offensive line. Add to that the extra 75-100 hits after the throw. The regular week to week pounding, add to that a few short weeks for Monday/ Thursday/ Saturday games. After all of this I just have one question. What doctor in his right mind would tell Peyton that it's OK to resume his career?

Since: Jun 11, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:18 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Well said ubbrewer. I hope he choses wisely.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:05 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

It's not that I don't agree with the advice not to play, but how many players have been paralyzed after being advised not to play in the NFL? How may players have been paralyzed period in the NFL?

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:43 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

I know that football has always been an integral part of Peyton's life, but I believe that he would be making a mistake if he decides to come back and play. It is well documented that NFL players have a tendency to be aggressive towards players that have publicized injuries like this, based on that alone I will retire if I were him. What more could he accomplish by continuing to play? 

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:43 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Go to The Jets!  The ratings would be insane!  You would get to play The Pats and Tom Brady Twice a year, probably three times a year!  Forget about rebuilding in INDY.  Make a move!  Add to your legacy and see if REX is the coach that is as big as his ego.  He couldn't win with Sanchez but he could win with you!  Good luck in your new career move!  I need one too so I'm rooting for your comeback!  Just not as a Colt!

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:41 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Feels Good,but he will not pass a physical for any Team.Peyton is so Tight and Greedy for all the money he can get.If i were a Team,i wouldn't touch him with a 10 ft pole.But some stupid Team will take Him.

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