Colts Release Long-Time Quarterback Manning

Posted on April 30, 2012 by


On 7 March, Peyton Manning was released from the Indianapolis Colts, the team he played 14 seasons for and took to two Super Bowls.

Peyton was the face of the Colts and, arguably, of the National Football League for little over a decade. After seriously injuring his neck before the 2011 season, Manning was unable to play at all last season. During the 2011 season, the Colts, a team that recently had great success, had the worst record in the NFL at 2-14.

Since the Colts had the worst overall record, they were given the number 1 draft pick in the upcoming 2012 NFL draft. This caused controversy because the best player in the draft was, in fact, a quarterback. Quarterback Andrew Luck is by far the best player in the draft, and many would say it would be stupid not to pick him.

 The Colts decided to part ways with players such as Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark, and Manning in the offseason–all players who helped the team win its last Super Bowl. The Colts believe their team would be better suited in the future with Andrew Luck leading the team instead of the future hall-of-famer.

“I believe the Colts did what they had to do by cutting Peyton Manning. Andrew Luck will definitely be a superstar in the NFL and can lead the Colts to a Super Bowl victory just like Peyton was able to. If I was the general manager of the Colts, I would have done the same thing.  You can’t trust Peyton’s neck injury, and Andrew Luck seems to have more upside,” junior Micah Storms said.

“I agree with the Colts’ decision to cut Peyton Manning, but I would draft RG3 (Robert Griffin III) instead of drafting Andrew Luck, ” freshman Mason DuGay said.

“I don’t really care about Peyton Manning; he is washed up and not good anymore,” juniorGene Winkler said.

The Broncos, the team who signed Manning in the offseason, should experience a lot of success with Peyton Manning as their quarterback. This upcoming season will be very interesting to see how both teams are with their new quarterbacks.

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