Peyton Manning: Should He Stay or Should He GO?
Peyton Manning is reportedly making plans to meet with Broncos G.M. John Elway to discuss his plan for the 2015 NFL season, whether he’ll play or call it a career. According to reports from the Denver Post, Manning met with Elway in Denver this past
Thursday evening and left with no decision made about his future, which tells me that this man is really hurt and retiring is now a real thought in his mind.
Now I don’t know Manning personal, but from what I have seen from him on the field over the past 16 years, he’s willing to fight through anything to reach that goal of that Lombardi trophy. He fought with some “ok” teams in Indy (great offenses, terrible defenses), fought through neck injuries that led to his release from Indy and to his new home in Denver and he fought through injuries this season, with no whining coming from his end.
Why keep fighting? Simple,he wants another ring, that’s the only reason for him to stay in this game now as he approaches his 40’s.
But is it wroth it at this point? What does he have left to prove?
Like I said, Manning has set every possibly record a quarterback could set in their lifetime in 2013, here are a few:
- Touchdown thrown in a career :(509)
- Single season touchdown record :(55)
- Most passing yards, season : (5,477)
- Most passing touchdowns in a single game :(tied, 7)
- Most games with a perfect passer rating of 158.3: (5)
These records alone make him a lock for Canton, no question. If he were to walk into the sunset right now and I don’t think anyone could really be mad at him due to his resume’, but if he chooses to return and you put into considerations all those stats, the fact that he will be 39 years old quite soon and the history of injuries he has suffered, is it really wroth playing for one more season? Is it wroth risking your health, risking you post-football life? All for one more championship?
What will he decided to do?Want my opinion?
Now I don’t think he’ll pull a “Brett Farve” and jerk us and the media around for the next 6-7 months just to tell us he’s going to walk away, but if he does come back, it’s going to be because of one person. Not Peyton, Elway, not his family.
He’ll come back for Tom Brady.
There is no way Manning can just walk away knowing that is archenemy just won his fourth Super Bowl championship. Manning is probably at home right now doing sit-ups into a portrait of Brady with the Super Bowl MVP trophy, waiting for his moment to come around again. I mean think about, the only thing Peyton really has to deal with is the fact that people refuse to crown him the “King of the QBs” is not because he doesn’t have the rings, but the fact that most of the rings Brady has were earned after Brady knocked Peyton out of the playoffs or didn’t have to face him at all.
Now, Manning coming back and potentially winning a Super Bowl championship doesn’t automatically put him above of Brady on the list of greatest QB of all time, but it closes the gap that was widen after this season. If Manning does come back, he will meet with Brady when he visit Denver during the regular season, which Manning usually shines in and of course one of two will have to travel to the other during the playoffs, which is always TV entertainment at its finest.
But, if Manning doesn’t have anything left, or really isn’t cleared by his doctors and the engineer that keeps his robotic-body in check, Denver has some big decisions to make. Do they really trust Brock Osweiler to run this offense? How long will Manning wait to inform the team about his decision and will it have an impact on how they draft (QB in the first round?).
It’s going to be a very interesting few weeks in Denver.