ESPN aired an “exclusive” interview with Colts quarterback Peyton Manning on Tuesday afternoon. During the first part of the conversation — the interview will apparently air in separate parts — Manning confirmed to Trey Wingo that he plans to play football in 2012.
“I really feel good,” Manning said. “I continue to make progress every day. … Doctors and I have been in good, constant communication. And I’m very encouraged by what they’ve said. Everything that the doctors have told me has been on point, which is encouraging to me. … I’ll be cleared and ready to play.”
Unfazed by reports that his playing days are over, Manning is continuing his rehab process with full intentions of continuing his career.
“I’m just continuing to rehab, work hard, and to enjoy this week for the city and certainly for my family.”
After Part One of the Wingo interview, Adam Schefter suggested on ESPN’s The Insiders program that Manning is destined to become “the most decorated and high-profile free agent in NFL history.”