Two of the men that are closest to Manning shot down the rumor that Lowe started.
“Noooo . . . he ain’t retiring,” Manning’s father Archie told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. “I think he would’ve told me.”
(I’m enjoying the thought of Archie or even Peyton Manning hearing this rumor. “Who said it again? On what?”)
Manning’s agent Tom Condon spoke with NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora. Condon said it was the first he heard of the rumor and he’s heard nothing from Manning about retiring.
Let’s consider for a moment the very small possibility that Lowe is right. If he was right, we’d fully expect Manning’s father and agent to deny the story until Manning was ready to talk.
If nothing else, this gave us a fun little diversion on a sleepy Wednesday afternoon.
It also gave Twitter users an inspired, popular hashtag.