Former Colts coach Jim Mora won’t return for Peyton Manning’s statue ceremony

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Former Colts coach Jim Mora said he won’t return to Indianapolis for Peyton Manning’s statue ceremony.

Mora said Manning invited him to the Oct. 7 unveiling in front of Lucas Oil Stadium, which includes a jersey retirement and a spot in the team’s ring of honor. But Mora, 82, apparently still holds bitter feelings about the way his four seasons in Indianapolis ended.

“I told him I wasn’t going to come,” Mora said in an interview with Indianapolis’ WNDE radio show via the Indianapolis Star. “I had reasons. I would love to come back there, but because of the way I left the Colts, my relationship with [former general manager Bill] Polian, I don’t know. I just wouldn’t feel that I would feel comfortable being there.”

Mora said the Colts fired him after the 2001 season when he refused to fire defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

“That’s exactly true,” Mora said. “I didn’t walk away, though. I got fired. It was either fire Vic or fire me. I was asked by Bill Polian — I was told by Bill Polian — he wanted me to fire Vic Fangio. I said, ‘Well, he doesn’t deserve to be fired.’ He’s an outstanding coach, was then and he still is. So we had talks with [owner] Jim Irsay, it came down, and I wouldn’t do it.

“I couldn’t fire a friend or a coach that I felt was very qualified that didn’t deserve to be fired. So I got fired. That was it.”

31 responses to “Former Colts coach Jim Mora won’t return for Peyton Manning’s statue ceremony

  1. I get his frustration with the Colts organization, but this is about a player that played for him and wants him to be part of his special day. Screw the organization, but do it for the player who has asked you to be involved.

  2. Mmmmhhh… somehow this a childish behavior. The ceremony is not about Polian, its about honoring Manning. If Peyton is inviting him personally, he should go.

  3. And Fangio got canned anyway and became the Houston DC next season. Way to pick your battles lol

  4. There should be a law against putting up a statue of a person who is still alive. Joe Paterno or RG3 are two examples of this.
    What happens if all the crap Manning did comes to light?

  5. Mora is totally justified in steering clear.

    Why would you want to be there when they commemorate a statue to a guy who LITERALLY told the media that he was playing for YOUR job…?

    F that guy.

  6. Good. Put the participation statue up so we know how high Brady’s socks will be when the GOAT gets his outside Gillette.

  7. drinkblatz says:
    Jul 5, 2017 7:47 PM

    Chuck will fire anyone and anyone to keep his job. Wish he would refuse to fire some people and get fired himself.
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    Chuck? Chuck who? Bill Polian and Jim Irsay are who Mora has a beef with, not Chuck Pagano who, incidentally, has already been fired by the Colts (and hired by the Browns, if memory serves).

  8. charliecharger says:
    Jul 5, 2017 7:58 PM
    I don’t blame Mora. There are a lot of people who can’t stand Bill Polian.

    POLIAN…is right there w/Jeff Fisher…phony as they come.

  9. They should build a statue for Peyton Manning showing him with his pants down mooning the public with an HGH syringe in his left hand and a censored face of a fan yelling to symbolize the fake crowd noise in his right hand. The place of the football can go in his mouth.

  10. Chuck will fire anyone and anyone to keep his job. Wish he would refuse to fire some people and get fired himself.
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    Chuck? Chuck who? Bill Polian and Jim Irsay are who Mora has a beef with, not Chuck Pagano who, incidentally, has already been fired by the Colts (and hired by the Browns, if memory serves).

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    Uhh you mean ryan grigson THE GM?! He got fired and is with the brownies. Pagans is still coaching there.

  11. They should also build a statue of Jim Irsay playing his guitar while Bob Kravitz is shining his shoes.

  12. What does Roger Clemens and Peyton Manning have in common? Their wive’s both used HGH, one had shots in the butt and the other had deliveries sent to the home in their name while pregnant

  13. I think once you reach 80, you thank God that people are still inviting you to things and you let bygones be bygones and just get out there and smile and be part of something bigger than yourself. I don’t think Jim Mora gets it, and that’s fine, but his excuse is ultra lame.

  14. Since there will be no didley poo, he won’t be attending.. I totally understand!

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