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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 21, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:12 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'


Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 6:53 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

I've said repeatedly - WALK AWAY PEYTON!

You have all the money you need - you have a Super Bowl ring - you have passing records - and, most importantly - you have your health.

Do not expect to not get hit in a game.  All it's going to take is one hit, or one awkward landing to paralyze you for life.  IT'S NOT WORTH IT!

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 31, 2012 6:25 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

2 good posts ahead of me... I hope he listens to the doctors as well.  He wants to play, but debate to follow about safety of doing so.

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 5:59 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

The Packers Nick Collins has also suffered a neck injury. He is continuing to re-hab, and is due to meet with doctors in March so that they can assess the extent of his recovery.

Nick has already stated that he will be guided solely by the advice of the doctors when deciding whether or not to resume his NFL career. Nick Collins is a smart man. I hope, for Peyton's sake, that he is too. 

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 5:20 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

i believe that payton manning wants to play. they all want to play longer than they should and want to play hurt, it is a macho thing. i wonder if even the doctors cant tell what the rigors of an nfl football game.

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