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Peyton Manning insists he’s not thinking about his streak

Colts Camp Football AP

Peyton Manning has started every game since the Colts drafted him in 1998, a streak of 208 consecutive games that is topped only by Brett Favre in NFL history.

That streak makes Manning proud, but he insists that keeping the streak alive will have no bearing on whether or not he starts the Colts’ Week 1 game.

“Absolutely not, no,” Manning said today. “I have to be able to competitively play. I have too much respect for football. I mean could I go out there and take the opening snap or take a series? Yes, I could do that, absolutely. But I’ve got to be able to compete and to help my team win, and that’s what’s fair to the team, fair to myself.”

So will Manning be ready to competitively play on September 11? Right now he says he doesn’t know, and he’s asking reporters to just accept the fact that it’s going to take time to figure it out.

“I know everybody’s into predictions and everybody wants to have the breaking news, but I just can’t give you any more than what I’m giving you,” Manning said. “Just do me a favor, please don’t ask the linemen and receivers how I’m doing, because it annoys them and they get mad at me. You all just took 15 minutes of [Jeff] Saturday’s workout time answering questions about me, and now he’s mad at me. So you all could do me a favor there and just ask me, and then maybe ask [Jim] Caldwell. Hopefully leave everyone else alone, if that’s possible. Just a request, I know you don’t have to do it.”

Manning can bet that reporters will be asking him and his teammates about the status of his recovery from neck surgery until the season starts. And maybe a lot longer.

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37 Responses to “Peyton Manning insists he’s not thinking about his streak”
  1. cakemixa says: Aug 29, 2011 4:50 PM

    Translation: he’s thinking and cares about his streak.

  2. jcg23 says: Aug 29, 2011 4:57 PM

    Exactly Cakemixa

  3. rpiotr01 says: Aug 29, 2011 4:58 PM

    I think Favre gave this exact speech, word for word, three years ago with the Jets.

  4. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Aug 29, 2011 5:00 PM

    I wish I knew how to type that sound when one fake sneezes while muttering B.S.
    He’s a proud man and it goes against every fiber of his being to not think about that and fight to be there with his teammates (and keep the streak going)

  5. illiniftw says: Aug 29, 2011 5:03 PM

    And he took a “pay cut” to “help his team”…

  6. cured76 says: Aug 29, 2011 5:03 PM

    Anyone else expect him to start week one for only a series?

  7. drgfri says: Aug 29, 2011 5:05 PM

    The only streak he’s thinking about is the one on his underpants when he gets pummelled by the D-Linemen he’s gonna face this year……

  8. FinFan68 says: Aug 29, 2011 5:05 PM

    “I mean could I go out there and take the opening snap or take a series? Yes, I could do that, absolutely…to be able to compete and to help my team win, and that’s what’s fair”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    See, he is thinking about his streak and is willing to take the first snap/series to preserve it. :)

    Note to Vince Young: That’s what taking comments out of context actually looks like

  9. jacunn2000 says: Aug 29, 2011 5:05 PM

    Excuse me, Mr. Saturday, How is Payton doing??

  10. medtxpack says: Aug 29, 2011 5:07 PM

    not thinking about commercials he could be doing either….tool.

  11. jsho55 says: Aug 29, 2011 5:09 PM

    Of course he is. How can he not with BFavre sexting him every 90 minutes? (corrected once more)

  12. brintfatre says: Aug 29, 2011 5:16 PM

    Translation:

    He’s been throwing a temper tantrum because they let Tom Moore go to the Jets and threatening to “retire.”

    They went out and got Collins(who in reality is a better QB than him) and now he’s having to eat some humble pie…

  13. thefiesty1 says: Aug 29, 2011 5:18 PM

    He’ll Play, more than a series or two. That’s 14 days away. He will be fine by then. They wasted money on Collins. He won’t see the field.

  14. jacunn2000 says: Aug 29, 2011 5:20 PM

    I have no problem with the best QB in NFL wanting to own the consecutive start streak. The only people that care if he starts, are those fan’s of the teams he plays against. Bottom line he is a classy guy and represents everything that is right about the NFL. And I am a Texan fan.

  15. packerhater says: Aug 29, 2011 5:30 PM

    “I mean could I go out there and take the opening snap or take a series? Yes, I could do that, absolutely. “. …… Why did he ask and answer his own question?Does he like to interview himself?

  16. roxtar10 says: Aug 29, 2011 5:39 PM

    They went out and got Collins(who in reality is a better QB than him) and now he’s having to eat some humble pie…

    —————-
    Did you seriously just say Kerry Collins is better than Peyton Manning?
    You win. Dumbest post ever.

  17. granadafan says: Aug 29, 2011 5:43 PM

    Please Peyton, don’t tarnish your fine career by degenerating into that diva, Bret Favre. Never has an active athlete destroyed his reputation more and faster than Favre. I’d hate for Peyton to become like Favre.

    At least one of the Mannings is not a punk.

  18. Henry says: Aug 29, 2011 5:47 PM

    One can tell from the look on his face in that picture that he’s 100% full of s.h.it. I don’t believe a word he says on the subject of this ‘streak’, sorry.

  19. dayumyou says: Aug 29, 2011 5:52 PM

    Hate him when he plays against my team but he’s a classy dude….you clowns would love him if he played for your team and you know it.

  20. larryfinfan says: Aug 29, 2011 5:57 PM

    you know the thing is Manning doesn’t have to worry about the streak. His legacy is there already. I don’t think anyone, particularly his opponents will think very badly on him, when all is said and done at the end of his career at least this one or two games.naturally as a competitor. He’s thinking about maintaining the streak. That’s only normal but of all the diva football players I think he would be the last one you worried about his individual accomplishments vs. his teams’ accomplishments.

  21. Soulman45 says: Aug 29, 2011 5:57 PM

    Go get them Peyton I am pulling for you the game is better with you.

  22. CKL says: Aug 29, 2011 6:08 PM

    He went on to say, “But it’s ok for me to take a few opening snaps in those usually 2 or 3 “meaningless” games for us the end of the year to keep the streak going and get passing and receiving records in the snow in Buffalo by throwing WR screens even though our GM sits us after the records are broken for “safety reasons” so we are all available for the playoffs.
    Spare me.

  23. smoothjimmyapollo says: Aug 29, 2011 6:22 PM

    “I’d hate for Peyton to become like Favre.”

    Please, he’s probably more like Favre than we realize – except for the interceptions.

    * Owns/will own every QB record: check and check

    * Exposes inappropriate body parts to women: Check (sexting), Check (planting his bare a$$ on his female trainer’s head)

    * Has one Super Bowl, likely won’t get another: check and check

    * Often disappointing in the playoffs: Again, check and check

    * Says the streak is not important to him and he doesn’t want to hurt the team: Check (many times for Brett) and Check (when Peyton starts week 1 without any preseason).

  24. tiffpats4eva says: Aug 29, 2011 6:31 PM

    Of course he isn’t. The guy obsessed with numbers doesn’t care about numbers this time.

  25. tiffpats4eva says: Aug 29, 2011 6:36 PM

    granadafan says:
    Aug 29, 2011 5:43 PM
    Please Peyton, don’t tarnish your fine career by degenerating into that diva, Bret Favre. Never has an active athlete destroyed his reputation more and faster than Favre. I’d hate for Peyton to become like Favre.
    ********************

    I hate to tell you, but Peyton is a lot worse. Only an incredibly fragile ego would be completely fine with Curtis Painter as his back.

    Even Favre’s ego wasn’t so fragile. Hasslebeck was Favre’s back up.

  26. tiffpats4eva says: Aug 29, 2011 6:38 PM

    @larryfinfan,

    Was that sarcasm? I sure hope so.

  27. smoothjimmyapollo says: Aug 29, 2011 6:45 PM

    “Even Favre’s ego wasn’t so fragile. Hasslebeck was Favre’s back up.”

    Favre was younger when Hasselbeck was his back-up. That ego got pretty fragile when the Packers spent a 1st round pick on Rodgers.

  28. jimr10 says: Aug 29, 2011 7:01 PM

    Cannot believe the Manning hate.

  29. balzosteel says: Aug 29, 2011 7:07 PM

    I’m Peyton Manning….I can not miss a game….It is incomprehensible for me to do so….My forehead is filled with 825 terrabytes of every schematic football play that possibility exists….My computer stand a.k.a. neck feels fine.

  30. balzosteel says: Aug 29, 2011 7:09 PM

    My above comment is much funnier if you read it while thinking of a nerdy robot monotone voice.

  31. MichaelEdits says: Aug 29, 2011 7:27 PM

    Peyton Manning is the anti-Favre.

  32. gacoltfan says: Aug 29, 2011 8:14 PM

    tiffpats

    Since you seem to think QB’s pick their own backups, you must think Brady’s ego is pretty fragile since he traded Cassel after going 11-5 when Brady was injured.

  33. stvang says: Aug 29, 2011 8:20 PM

    I don’t want to think about it either. Perhaps some bleach will wash that out.

  34. doyouevercheck says: Aug 29, 2011 8:30 PM

    “Peyton Manning has started every game since the Colts drafted him in 1998, a streak of 208 consecutive games that is topped only by Brett Favre in NFL history.”

    —————————————–

    Do you ever check?

    Peyton has the record for most consecutive starts to start a career. Favre was NEVER in that race. If you are talking pure consecutive start streak, even if you count just the record holders at different positions, there are still a few in front of Peyton.

    NFL records:

    Most consecutive starts to begin a career: 208 (227 including playoffs) Peyton Manning, 1998–present

    Most consecutive starts by a center: 240 (259 including playoffs), Mick Tingelhoff, 1962–1979

    Most consecutive starts by a right guard: 223 (231 including playoffs), Will Shields, 1993–2006

    Most consecutive starts by a defensive end: 270 (289 including playoffs), Jim Marshall, 1961–1978

    Most consecutive starts by a defensive tackle: 215 (234 including playoffs), Alan Page, 1967–1981

    Most consecutive starts by a linebacker: 208 (219 including playoffs), Derrick Brooks, 1996–2008

    Or of course, for those that can’t start every game.

    Most consecutive games played: 352 (363 including playoffs), Jeff Feagles, 9/4/1988–1/3/2010

    Oh, Favre’s record…

    Most consecutive starts by a quarterback: 297 (321 including playoffs), Brett Favre, 1992–2010

  35. flyboy123456 says: Aug 29, 2011 8:38 PM

    Man, this bastard has a huge forehead.

  36. oopsnaly says: Aug 29, 2011 10:20 PM

    The only streak he’s thinking about is the one on his underpants when he gets pummelled by the D-Linemen he’s gonna face this year……I am a 28 years old doctor, mature and beautiful.and now I am seeking a good man who can give me real love , so i got a username Lindasunny2002 on–a’ge’l’es’s’da’te.c óm–.it is the first and best club for y’ounger women and old’er men, or older women and y’ounger men,to int’eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch’eck ‘it out or tell your friends!

  37. 2ndaryinsanity says: Aug 29, 2011 11:58 PM

    This is the same guy who threw his offensive line under the bus. The same guy who’s been more interested with lining his own pockets with tons of (extra) money, at the expense of his team. Sorry, I don’t buy it. He cares about “the streak” more than he’ll ever admit. Even Tony Dungy said that Manning cares more about it than any other records (TD’s, etc). Dungy knows Manning better than most…and Dungy has more credibility.

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