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Irsay, Manning press conference was all class

Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:42 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2012 1:42 pm
 
Manning and Irsay closed out an era in Indy the right way. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

"I sure have loved playing football for the Indianapolis Colts," Peyton Manning said to open up his final press conference with the Indianapolis Colts.

It was classic Peyton, said in his typical Southern, aw-shucks and sincere-sounding accent.

If you want to pick one word to describe the joint press conference between Jim Irsay and Manning, announcing Peyton's departure from Indianapolis, "emotional" would work. But so would "class" -- Manning and Irsay did things the right way and closed a wonderful career in an amicable fashion. (LeBron James, please take notes.)

Today's snark-filled reactionary world makes it tough to pull off a genuine public event that doesn't come off as forced. And considering the NFL world's been narrowly focused on Manning for several months now, a press conference with both divorcees present had all the makings for a trainwreck.

Instead, Irsay and Manning both deserve an A-plus for the way they handled the adversity. Irsay spoke off the cuff, and Manning had some prepared words. But they both were quick and to the point, while remaining sincere. It was a welcome change in a world where Jim Gray and Vitamin Water have made press conference cringe-worthy.


Peyton doesn't want to play anywhere else. We all know that. But he wants to play. He's even "confident" he'll play next year. And he could have talked about where, but he didn't.

"I haven't thought a lot about where I'll play," Manning said. "But I have thought a lot about where I've been."

Irsay doesn't want Peyton playing anywhere else either. He knows Peyton will though and was honest enough to wish him luck. He already made the (easy) decision to retire Manning's number too.

"The 18 jersey will never be worn again by a Colt on the field," Irsay said.

Manning, fittingly, got the last word before a few brief questions from the press.

"Thank you very much, from the bottom of my heart," Peyton Manning, fighting back tears, addressed Colts fans to close out his presser.

"I truly enjoyed being your quarterback."

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Comments

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:11 pm
 

Irsay, Manning press conference was all class

 This has the potential to be one of the worst decision every made in the history of sports.


Every move has that potential.   Don't be so melodramatic.



Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:11 pm
 

Irsay, Manning press conference was all class

"Imagine if Irsay had a pair nad kept manning then traded the #1 pick."  No, I bet that would be potentially one of the worst decisions made in the history of sports.  He's had three (maybe four) surgeries.  He says he is going to play, but we the fans still haven't seen an ounce of proof that he can.  Yes, it was about the benjamins.  Everything is.  This is a business.  The NFL is not a non-profit organization for our entertainment.




Since: Apr 30, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:11 pm
 

Irsay, Manning press conference was all class

Michael TFL you read my mind (Miami scares me too) but I'm also sad for Colt's fans that Irsay wasn't willing to just pay Manning the money and that Peyton's ego wouldn't allow him to take less. and if Peyton signs somewhere, hopefully in the NFC, and wins 2 or 3 superbowls and luck sucks then Irsay will look like a fool. 



Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:07 pm
 

Irsay, Manning press conference was all class

Fast forward 9 months as Peyton Says "I have enjoyed beating your COLTS in the Super Bpwl, So how's that Luck working out for you?



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:04 pm
 

Irsay, Manning press conference was all class

I would figure this from a Pats fan.

Peyton has been a fantastic QB for a long time.  I think this fan is concerned that Peyton will end up with the Jets and the Pats will have to face him 2X a year rather than once, and not always at home!



Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:03 pm
 

Irsay, Manning press conference was all class

Worst decision EVER made....in history of sports.  They let a guy go who may never play again, and if he does it would be for three more seasons.  Really, worst decision ever....you have a very short memory.



Since: Apr 30, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:53 pm
 

Irsay, Manning press conference was all class

I don't care what theatricts went down today this was all about ego and benjamins. Imagine if Irsay had a pair and kept Manning then traded the #1 pick. This has the potential to be one of the worst decision every made in the history of sports. GoodLUCK Colt's fans


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