As the daughter of an Indiana native, I was born and raised on Indiana basketball, Notre Dame football and Peyton Manning for president. As a St. Louis native, my love for the Colts and all things Manning (yes, that includes Eli too), have often led me to find myself in a bind when the Rams take on the Colts, but those days may be over.
After Manning’s latest neck surgery, an anterior cervical fusion procedure on September 8th, Colts fans worry that his recurring nerve problem still won’t be fixed, or worse yet, the Colts might cut or trade him. Manning has been in the league for 13 seasons, meaning that I cannot remember a time without him, and had never missed a start from his first day in the NFL in 1998 through that horribly epic loss in the playoffs against the Jets on January 8, 2011.
While fans should be rejoicing over the 227 consecutive games that Manning has strung together for them, it is just too hard to imagine an NFL with only one Manning brother, and even harder to imagine what will happen to the Oreo’s commercials! Manning is to the Colts and Indianapolis what Jordan was to the Bulls and Chicago, you just can’t imagine one without the other, but unlike Jordan, Manning might not to be able to bow out on his own accord.
Oh, and while we’re at it, why not add one more blow to the Colts’ franchise? Manning’s replacement, Kerry Collins, who was brought out of retirement to fill his shoes, suffered an injury in Sunday night’s game against the Steelers. Hopefully third-string quarterback Curtis Painter can hold down the fort for now, but things are looking bleak in Indy.