Irsay on Peyton: I speak for all Colts fans, we feel like he’s ours

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Colts owner Jim Irsay said today that although Peyton Manning has just retired as a Super Bowl-winning quarterback with the Broncos, folks in Indianapolis will always view Manning as, first and foremost, a Colt.

“It seems like a short four years ago we were up here on a difficult day. I’m happy to report that as we temporarily went different directions, we both enjoyed a lot of success on the field. It was always strange watching 18 out there without the horseshoe on his helmet, not always easy. I think I speak for all Colts fans when we feel like he’s ours.”

Irsay recalled where the Colts were (as one of the worst teams in the NFL) before Manning arrived, and all that Manning accomplished.

“I just can’t say enough for what he has meant to this franchise, to this city and state,” Irsay said.

The Colts officially announced today that they will construct a statue of Manning outside Lucas Oil Stadium, and that Manning’s No. 18 will be retired.

86 responses to “Irsay on Peyton: I speak for all Colts fans, we feel like he’s ours

  1. So the guy says “screw you” to the fans in Indy just to stick it to Irsay and the result is a bunch of money will be spent to build him a statue? Wow

  2. This breakup (and reunion) was 1000% more civil and mature than the Brett Favre mess.

    I’m sure Manning felt disrespected when he was let go, but he was adult enough to understand the future was already in the building with Andrew Luck and handled it all with class.

  3. Hindsight is 20/20 Jimmy….. Maybe you should have been so quick to let him go. It’s like the guy who broke up with a girl and then realized what a mistake he made once he saw her happy and getting married to someone else. Anywayz , much respect for Mr. Manning. It really shows a lot to see that he is big enough of a person to not hold a serious grudge after being fired.

  4. I can picture Ryan Leaf watching the press conference from his couch like Ben Stiller at the end of Dodgeball

  5. .
    “It seems like a short four years ago we were up here on a difficult day. ”

    Irsay then added, ” Luckily I have absolutely no memory of it, thanks to pharmaceuticals. ”
    .

  6. You can’t have your cake and eat it too JIM! Manning also belongs to Broncos Country and had a Hall of Fame career with us too. You decided to share him when you let him go. If you only wanted him to be viewed as a Colt, then you would have kept him. He belongs to TWO franchises! He has TWO rings and one with each.

  7. The NFL is considering a rule change to the intentional grounding by QBs. How about the NFL put a rule in for intentional tanking by franchises?

  8. touchdownroddywhite says:
    Mar 18, 2016 12:20 PM
    So the guy says “screw you” to the fans in Indy just to stick it to Irsay and the result is a bunch of money will be spent to build him a statue? Wow
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    What???
    Manning was cut by the colts. That screwing went in the other direction. jimmy is fortunate Peyton cares enough about his legacy and marketing to give him the time of day.
    As always I have great respect for Manning as one of the greatest players of the cap era but none for the colts ownership and front office.

  9. Harbaugh had the Colts pretty competitive for a bit before Manning got there, they may even have been to the AFC championship game against the Steelers in 1995.

  10. PM is definitely epic and set a standard for commitment to the game as a science and a career… both the Colts and Broncs are changed forever because of him.

  11. And imagine if Irsay and Polian had actually given him a real defense?!?!?!!

    Of course he’s Indy’s but dude, he’s a Denver Bronco too. You don’t lead a team to two rings (I count the AFC title rings too) and not be “theirs” as well.

  12. Did Irsay say he’s had success on the field?

    So hanging a finalist banner, executing the Special Team version of the butt fumble and declaring a day for dropping off drugs at the stadium is success?

    I have to get a new dictionary…

    Go Pats!

  13. The Colts were in no position to put together a SB caliber roster in 2012. Denver was half way there, they won a playoff game with Tebow for crying out loud. Then Elway went all in free agency acquiring big names. Had he stayed with the Colts, he wouldn’t have a second ring.

  14. The statue will have 1 foot up on a box of Omaha Steaks and be holding a Budweiser, right?

    Are the Irsays going to take the statue with them the next time they leave in the dead of the night in a snowstorm?

  15. touchdownroddywhite says:

    So the guy says “screw you” to the fans in Indy just to stick it to Irsay and the result is a bunch of money will be spent to build him a statue? Wow

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    Really, Dude. Aren’t you aware of his neck surgeries, a 2-14 season and a guy named Andrew Luck and salary caps? Peyton didn’t abandon the Colts, they said bye bye to him.

  16. The Colts cut manning, then Elway brought him onboard. This changed the tone of the Broncos. Two AFC championships later, one superbowl win and scads of QB records broken by Peyton . . . . all in four years with the Broncos. The colts accomplished the same thing with Peyton, but it took them three times as long.

    Imagine if Peyton had a competent organization the entire time.

  17. Irsay dumped Manning like yesterday’s garbage and the colts haven’t won a Super Bowl since and Manning won one and Andrew Luck never will as long as Brady is in the NFL and he knows it. So even if Luck eventually gets a Super Bowl it will be without Brady in the NFL and won’t be earned.

  18. What happens if Petty Peyton is still bitter about the Colts letting him go, though? Will he refuse to go into the HoF as a Colt? And he might also be peeved at the Broncos for not ‘treating him right’ and pushing him out the door. Nobody holds a grudge like Manning over tiny slights, real or imagined, so maybe he’ll demand a generic ‘NFL’ jersey to represent him.

  19. touchdownroddywhite says:
    Mar 18, 2016 12:20 PM

    So the guy says “screw you” to the fans in Indy just to stick it to Irsay and the result is a bunch of money will be spent to build him a statue? Wow
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    Manning got cut by the Colts after they sucked for Luck.

    They would have been the Browns if they hadn’t signed Manning, so a statue seems fitting.

    Irsay can afford it.

  20. NFL players don’t go into the Hall of Fame as a player from a specific team as in baseball. They go in as players. No hat or logo. It will talk about both teams on his plaque.

  21. Petty Peyton? Nobody has more class than Peyton, the things he did for people behind the scenes in Denver will never be forgotten. And lucky for us he is going to stay living in Denver. I am glad that Irsay finally gave him the respect he earned and happy for him. As for the HOF, you don’t go in as one team or another, there are no helmets on the HOF busts, that’s just stupid baseball! Congrats Peyton on all your honors in both cities, you have earned it!

  22. Dallas fan here but grew up watching Manning as a colt. Will always be remembered by everyone outside Denver as a Colt. His career in Indy was everything I remember about nfl and fantasy football looking back at middle school and high school.

    Ex. Do we remember Montana as a 49er or Chiefs player?

    That’s what I thought.

  23. Irsay isn’t going to want to pay for that statue himself. He’ll find a sponsor that will pay for it instead.

    And they’ll find a tasteful way of working a pizza into the statue…

  24. Peyton Manning is such a classy guy he will not participate in this foolish spat.

    He will go into the Hall of Fame as a great a player, a great teammate and someone that made everyone better, including those he played against.

    He was so tactical he coached his coaches… No one had ANY doubt, Manning ran the offense.👌

  25. Dallas fan here but grew up watching Manning as a colt. Will always be remembered by everyone outside Denver as a Colt. His career in Indy was everything I remember about nfl and fantasy football looking back at middle school and high school.

    Ex. Do we remember Montana as a 49er or Chiefs player?

    That’s what I thought.
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    Manning had 2 superbowl appearances and one victory as a Bronco. Its not just a footnote in his career, I’d argue he was more successful as a Bronco than in Indy as a past his prime aging QB. Shame on Indy for not utilizing his potential his entire career.

  26. I hope this time the number “18” will stay retired much longer than when the Bronco’s and Elway “convinced” Frank Tripuka, suffering from dementia, to allow his number to be “unretired” for Mr. Manning.

  27. phluffyclouds says:
    Mar 18, 2016 12:25 PM

    Panthers fan in Denver, I know the Colts never booed him off the field like Bronco fans did at the Chiefs game I went to this year

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    How many 4 pick games did he have as a Colt? It’s not the fault of Broncos’ fans that Colts’ fans have lower expectations as evidenced by their “AFC Championship Participant.”

  28. “You don’t lead a team to two rings (I count the AFC title rings too) ”

    Lol.

    Of course Irsay puts up a banner for just making the AFC championship game, so I’m sure he’d jump on this idea.

  29. PM was great, but “Jimmy” does not speak for Colts fan prior to 1984.

    Those prior Colts fans own a legacy of football played by the best QB of that era and quite possibly all time. And IMHO, given the rules of the game, the shorter season, and the lack of technology and physical fitness provided for today’s athletes, number 19 is the greatest QB to ever wear a horseshoe. No knock on PM, but even he knows the reverence afforded Johnny U. You could tell that in his retirement speech.

  30. ” I’d argue he was more successful as a Bronco than in Indy as a past his prime aging QB. ”

    You can try making that argument, but you’re not going to convince anybody outside the city limits of Denver. As a Pats’ fan, no player ever scared me as much as Peyton when he was on the Colts. In the last couple of years, the Broncos’ defense scared me. But Peyton? Not so much. Re-watch the 2nd half of the AFCCG and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

  31. I thought this was a no brainer that Manning will always be remembered as a Colt. Broncos fans are arguing that Montana should be known as a Chief. Rice should be known as a Raider. Bettis should be known as a Ram. Etc.

    Yeah Manning did some impressive things in his 4 years in Denver, but he is not a Bronco. His time in Denver is a footnote to what he did in Indy. Funny everyone acts like the Colts were a joke when he was there. Comments like if they had a competent GM, or if they had a defense, etc. I remember a Colts team that won 110 games in a 10 season span. The only reason Manning didn’t get the number of rings that he probably should have gotten, is simply Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the Patriots.

  32. “I think I speak for all Colts fans when we feel like he’s ours.”
    —————–
    I think I speak for all Patriot fans: you keep him, we’ll take Brady any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

  33. “I think I speak for all Colts fans when we feel like he’s ours. Therefore I would like to announce that we will be raising a banner to commemorate the victory in Super Bowl 50 on the day we unveil Peyton’s statue.”

  34. Colts could have traded Luck for a boatload of picks and players and then had 4 more yrs with a shot at a Superbowl.

    Instead the Broncos got to those two Superbowls winning one. It’s all about the rings, not the future. You have to strike for the big game when you have the chance and the Colts blew it.

    How come no one calls them on what was a horrid decision.

    Now you have Luck coming up on FA and you are going to have to pay him 30 million a yr. 30 million for a QB who hasn’t won a thing yet.

  35. I’m not a Colts fan but as a long-time follower of the NFL with a very good knowledge of league history I can definitely say that in my mind there’s no doubt that Johnny Unitas is still the best QB in the history of the Colts franchise.

  36. I’m thinking something along the lines of Michaelangelo’s “David”, but with a strategically placed fig leaf.

  37. When I think of Peyton I think of him as a Colt in his prime. He was great for Denver too but he spent the end of his career there, although his 2013 was amazing. I can see why people see him as both, he broke the all time td record and won a sb in Denver. However I’ll remember him in his peak in Indy. That’s just me though.

  38. I he was yours…. you hypocrite….you would have kept him and if not you wouldn’t have tanked the season to ‘Suck for Luck” Denver believed in him and you didn’t, that’s got to count for something, so he belongs to Denver just as much, as he ‘once’ did for Indy. You can’t have it both ways you pulled the plug not Manning, so your plan was to ‘Suck for Luck’ and steal at that time the next great Quarterback, Andrew Luck’…So now you just ‘SUCK’!

  39. Peyton earned his statue in Indianapolis since he did lead them to one Super Bowl win over the Chicago Bears. At least the birds can rest on his statue outside of Lucas Oil Field.

  40. Irsay on Peyton: I speak for all Colts fans, we feel like he’s ours
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    Says one illegal drug user about another.

  41. Hindsight is 20/20 Jimmy….. Maybe you should have been so quick to let him go. It’s like the guy who broke up with a girl and then realized what a mistake he made once he saw her happy and getting married to someone else. Anywayz , much respect for Mr. Manning. It really shows a lot to see that he is big enough of a person to not hold a serious grudge after being fired.

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    Actually, no it isn’t. You seem to forget there were serious questions that Manning could ever play again. At the time of his release he still hadn’t regained full strength in his throwing arm. Also, his cap hit would have crippled the Colts in his final years. The team was old and injured. Notice that very few players that were purged from the Polian era caught on with other teams. Gary Brackett, Melvin Bullitt, etc. All starters, the only notable guy that played for another team was Jeff Saturday and he got benched. I love Manning as much as the next Colts fan. But this was a business decision…and it worked out for both parties. Manning got his 2nd ring (he wouldn’t had he stayed in Indy) and the Colts have 10+ years with a top level QB in Luck

  42. Amazing how Irsay threw Manning under the bus, blamed him for not winning more Super Bowl titles and cut him to save money.

    Now all of a sudden, Irsay is welcoming Manning home like the long lost son?

    Give me a break.

  43. multiple history revisionist here huh.. more then one person call ed the break up a civil one.. mustve forgot Irsay talking trash before Payton even got one foot out the door, one said Payton left the Colts.. no he was cut, even with that he deserves recondition as the last great colt was Johnny Unitas .. Payton made them relevant … any comments of only having two rings.. well how many other active or even recently retired qbs have that claim

  44. Irsay you are a scum! Your drunk ass let Manning go and now you are saying he is yours ! Shut up you Drunk! You and GM Randy Grigson are meth heads !

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