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The first Peyton Manning retirement report, from an unlikely source

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As questions continue to swirl regarding the future of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, word has emerged on Twitter that Manning will retire.

Such word comes from Rob Lowe, the actor/Colts fan.  Lowe, who appeared last month on The Rich Eisen Podcast, tells his 230,000-plus followers that Lowe is hearing Manning will call it quits.

Lowe says that his “people” say it will happen today.  Rosenthal, who actually listened to Lowe on The Rich Eisen Podcast, says that Lowe said he’s “friendly” with Colts owner Jim Irsay.

And so we wait.

Who knows?  Maybe Lowe will end up with a Pulitzer to put on the mantle next to all those acting awards he may eventually win.

UPDATE 3:59 p.m. ET:  Check out photo No. 10 on this link.

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65 Responses to “The first Peyton Manning retirement report, from an unlikely source”
  1. jkearse2005 says: Jan 18, 2012 3:51 PM

    I don’t know why but I kind of believe this. Maybe Peyton will retire and be announced the new head coach?

  2. claydefayette says: Jan 18, 2012 3:51 PM

    Who the hell is Rob Lowe? Anyway, even if this guy is right, it’d be like me saying Eli Manning is going to the Super Bowl. A blind squirrel will find a nut eventually.

    Good job at getting your name in the news Mr. Lowe.

  3. trbowman says: Jan 18, 2012 3:51 PM

    No he won’t.

  4. southpaw2k says: Jan 18, 2012 3:51 PM

    I actually would rather hear reports/rumors of Manning retiring instead of where he might play football next season. Mike & Mike actually spent a significant portion of their show this morning over the top five places Manning would most likely end up if Indy released him in March. I guess they would’ve had too much dead air on their show if they didn’t include such a “debate.”

  5. trbowman says: Jan 18, 2012 3:52 PM

    And here….we…….go!

  6. itsabergthing says: Jan 18, 2012 3:52 PM

    He will retire and then be named the next HC of the Colts…

  7. suprinelolskins says: Jan 18, 2012 3:53 PM

    My brain says no.

    But his eyes say yes

  8. rhinosteel6 says: Jan 18, 2012 3:54 PM

    Really????????? Rob Lowe REALLY?????

  9. fjdk4444 says: Jan 18, 2012 3:55 PM

    After watching that Colts team last year…who could blame him?

  10. pikindaguy says: Jan 18, 2012 3:55 PM

    This is LITERALLY the most shocking thing I’ve heard all week.

  11. pacificamjr says: Jan 18, 2012 3:55 PM

    this just in… the next coach of the Indy Colts will be Peyton!

  12. fball13z says: Jan 18, 2012 3:56 PM

    Peyton Manning, the next Head Coach for the Colts lol

  13. erfoster says: Jan 18, 2012 3:56 PM

    i hope not.

  14. dtm1088 says: Jan 18, 2012 3:56 PM

    I for one, find Rob Lowe’s Twitter Account to be an incredibly accurate source for a story.

  15. nyfcat says: Jan 18, 2012 3:57 PM

    Outside-the-box thinking from Lowe, who is trying to get his name in the news. Well played.

  16. stro210 says: Jan 18, 2012 3:57 PM

    You seriously report this? You honestly just took the time to report this…

  17. sirmixalotalotalot says: Jan 18, 2012 3:57 PM

    If this is true, than I can say it was an honor to watch him play. He kept it classy and redefined the value and the quarterback position itself. If anyone was better, the list is very very short.

    Canton needs to go ahead and waive the waiting period and just put him in the Hall of Fame

  18. steelersb says: Jan 18, 2012 3:58 PM

    Did Rob Lowe eat paint chips when he was a kid?

  19. yelix says: Jan 18, 2012 3:58 PM

    This is definitely one of those “wait, what?” stories.

  20. stevemo says: Jan 18, 2012 3:58 PM

    An attention grab from a guy that I’ve never heard of until now.

  21. giablommi says: Jan 18, 2012 3:58 PM

    If so, best to Peyton on his future endeavors. It doesn’t seem like risking further injury to his neck and jeopardizing quality of life down the road is worth it, but what the hell do I know…

    He’ll certainly be a top 10 QBoaT, if not top 5. But regardless what happens this Sunday and/or in SB 46, Tom Brady has eliminated any doubt this year of who was the best QB of the era- its Brady, hands down.

  22. cardiovascularendurance says: Jan 18, 2012 3:58 PM

    Wow, you guys just took another big step in the TMZ direction.

  23. eastsideballa says: Jan 18, 2012 3:58 PM

    What’s worse than a D list celebrity fan? F*** OFF!

  24. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Jan 18, 2012 3:58 PM

    There’s no way he quits now. Maybe later in the year, but not now.

  25. shaner329 says: Jan 18, 2012 3:59 PM

    Cue Irsay’s illiterate Tweet starting….now

  26. breastsmoosh says: Jan 18, 2012 3:59 PM


  27. themjp says: Jan 18, 2012 3:59 PM

    In his defense, he did pick up this information in a place where you should be over 21 to get in….

  28. tcostant says: Jan 18, 2012 3:59 PM

    He has $18 million reason not to retire!

  29. oldbyrd says: Jan 18, 2012 3:59 PM


  30. killxswitch says: Jan 18, 2012 4:00 PM

    This is LITERALLY the SILLIEST sports rumor story of the day.

  31. rexachss says: Jan 18, 2012 4:00 PM

    What the hell is a “Rob Lowe” ? Huh?

  32. rc33 says: Jan 18, 2012 4:00 PM

    Well, as it clear it states, he’s a Colts fan.
    His word is gospel.

  33. jgreeds says: Jan 18, 2012 4:00 PM

    Literally the most unlikely source I would have guessed.

    This article just made me excited for tomorrow night’s episode of Parks and Rec. Which takes place in Indiana. Which is where the Colts are.

  34. Rex Grossman says: Jan 18, 2012 4:01 PM

    Well, Rob Lowe’s name backwards IS Ewol Bor after all. Think about it.

  35. flyinhighwithvick says: Jan 18, 2012 4:02 PM

    They probably told him he was being dealt to the Jets….and he quickly retired. Who could blame him?

  36. childressrulz says: Jan 18, 2012 4:02 PM

    I doubt it but you never know. Maybe his neck still won’t heal correctly. So much for the greatest of all time talk. He hasn’t played nearly long enough and only has one ring. I am betting on him coming back though.

  37. weepingjebus says: Jan 18, 2012 4:02 PM

    Peyton is too competitive to just retire and let Rodgers pile up the championships as the reigning Awkward Television Commercial Following a Crushing Loss King.

  38. philsimmsisadouche says: Jan 18, 2012 4:03 PM

    Just checked out photo number 10 &, doh! A side note, is Jim Irsay the owner of the dumbest looking smile in the world or is it just me?

  39. fofofotey says: Jan 18, 2012 4:04 PM

    And, according to Molly Ringwald, the Colts will hire Kevin Bacon as their next HC.

  40. vonmiller58 says: Jan 18, 2012 4:04 PM

    I actually kinda believe it. I mean he still hasn’t been cleared for football activities yet.

  41. bigfranky75 says: Jan 18, 2012 4:04 PM

    i know it sounds crazy, but just remember…. the first “source” to report Osama being killed was The Rock via twitter! he announced a full hour before ANY of the networks!

    you never know….

  42. rufhausen says: Jan 18, 2012 4:07 PM

    If Lowe and Irsay are friends, what’s Lowe’s motivation for leaking this out now? Another Colts leak test?

  43. dprouse says: Jan 18, 2012 4:08 PM

    I was cringing at the thought of Manning throwing wounded ducks in a strange uniform, conjuring up images of Namath with the Rams or Unitas with the Chargers. He had an amazing run, but Father Time comes calling for every career eventually. If this is true, I’m glad that Manning has shown the good judgment to retire with his legacy, and relative good health, intact.

  44. bertilfox says: Jan 18, 2012 4:09 PM

    I will be genuinely sad if this is true…and I am a Patriots fan. The past decade has been filled with such Collosally Epic battles, that it would not be believable if it was written as fiction. Both the wins and losses have been high stakes, high drama and ultimately awesome contests that I will recount the rest of my life.

    If it is true, God speed, Peyton. I wish you the best.

  45. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 18, 2012 4:10 PM

    While Peyton starting his post-QB career as a head coach is over the top (even for such a brilliant football mind), being named Offensive Coordinator out the gate is not.

  46. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jan 18, 2012 4:13 PM

    It just makes too much sense.

    1) That is a serious injury that he’s already had multiple surgeries for. What’s the risk of it happening again?

    2) If he comes back, there will definitely be a messy situation with the Colts. Why tarnish his image in Indy with a messy exit?

    3) Does he really want to play for another team, learn a new playbook, greet a new city, face the media hounding him, etc, while worrying about his neck?

    4) If the Colts decide to keep him, does he really want to deal with a Luck QB controversy, learn a new playbook under a new regime, all the while trying to steer a 2-14 team back to prominence (with a bad neck) ?

    4) He’s already a lock for the HOF. He’s already won a superbowl, and he already has fantastic career numbers. He’d be going out “on top”

  47. earthtopft says: Jan 18, 2012 4:13 PM

    To give you some idea of how long Peyton Manning has been the QB for the Colts, when he came into the league 15 years ago, Rob Lowe was a heartthrob and black silk shirts with high collars were in fashion.

  48. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 18, 2012 4:15 PM

    HIs contract is guaranteed. He doesn’t have to play again. I won’t use this as a source, but I wouldn’t think it was all that unlikely even if no one said so.

  49. gmen1987 says: Jan 18, 2012 4:16 PM

    I heard last fall Peyton will never play again. Would be no surprise.

    Amazing the number of goobers on here who think Peyton can just go over and sign with another team. Peyton may not have no choice but to retire.

  50. brewcrewfan54 says: Jan 18, 2012 4:17 PM

    Even if he’s right who the hell is Rob Lowe to break this news? Another Stupid actor who thinks he’s more important than he is. Mind your own damn business Rob.

  51. wegonnadoitbaby says: Jan 18, 2012 4:22 PM

    Both Archie Manning and Peyton’s agent have just a few moments ago that the report is not true and they have no idea where that would have come from. Archie laughed out loud when told of the story and said, ” He ain’t retiring. I think he would have told me if he was.”

    So much for the “Rob Report”, but he got some attention today.

  52. donz0 says: Jan 18, 2012 4:28 PM

    Let’s wait until March to start the speculation about Peyton.

  53. sschmiggles says: Jan 18, 2012 4:29 PM

    If this is true, I’d be really disappointed. The Pats and Colts play again next year, and I was hoping for at least one more rematch between those 2. Easily the best QB rivalry of all time.

  54. goldrush36 says: Jan 18, 2012 4:34 PM

    Peyton: I am retiring as QB of the Colts. However I’m keeping the $28M as a signing bonus for becoming the new HC… Ok it’s unrealistic, but realistically he was already the coach to begin with

  55. fu7ur3pr00f says: Jan 18, 2012 4:56 PM

    For all of you saying “Who the hell is Rob Lowe?”.

    That might true. You might be unfamiliar with him, but I guarantee your wife isn’t 🙂

  56. upperdecker19 says: Jan 18, 2012 5:15 PM

    @Rob Lowe = I think the photo from “Tommy Boy” where he’s taking a heavy bag to the “marbles” would have been a better choice.

    @Peyton = please retire from the Oreo cookie eating contest commercials while you’re at it.

  57. gmen1987 says: Jan 18, 2012 5:19 PM

    donz0 says:
    Jan 18, 2012 4:28 PM
    Let’s wait until March to start the speculation about Peyton.

    If Peyton is retiring, then it would be best that he let’s the Colts know so they know what direction to take.

  58. thejokewriter says: Jan 18, 2012 5:20 PM

    As Al Pacino said in David Mamet’s “Glengarry, Glen Ross…”You never open your mouth until you know what the shot is.”

  59. patsfiend says: Jan 18, 2012 5:31 PM

    Rob Lowe’s tweet is nice,
    but much like Tracy Porter,
    I prefer pic 6.

  60. megatronownsyou says: Jan 18, 2012 6:11 PM

    or maybe you could do some actual journalistic work and win some type of award to put next to the journalism awards you may eventually win

  61. shoooder says: Jan 18, 2012 6:43 PM

    Manning is going to do what Brett Favre did…sort of…he will retire and then in a few months, he can dictate where he will play…under his rules…

  62. bangitfootball says: Jan 18, 2012 7:09 PM

    Rob Lowe retired about 15 years ago didnt he?

  63. peytons1fan says: Jan 18, 2012 8:30 PM

    Peyton manning is not retiring. Archie has already cleared this. Anyways 9 out of 10 people don’t even know what the hell a rob Lowe is, so this is like a elementary school rumor

  64. bleed4philly says: Jan 18, 2012 9:15 PM


  65. xlinktothepastxx says: Jan 19, 2012 3:44 PM

    Well he is Jim’s “number 2” man…

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