My Thoughts on Peyton

P_ManningPeyton Manning and the Denver Broncos suffered a season ending playoff loss to Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts yesterday.

Another playoff loss is nothing new for Peyton, who’s experienced this thirteen out of the fourteen times his teams have made the playoffs. However, this one is significant because it raises the question. Was this Peyton’s final game?

Two months shy of turning 39, Manning was noncommittal on whether or not he plans to return next season for what we be his 18th in the National Football League.

When asked if he’s playing next season, Manning said, “Uh, yeah, I guess I just can’t give that simple answer. I’m processing it. I can’t say that. I could not say that.”

The physical toll of what 17 seasons in the National Football League has done to Peyton’s body was evident on the field yesterday. I won’t bore you with the stats, however, what stood out to me most, was the obvious emotional toll losing again in playoffs has done to Manning.

For Manning, a sure fire 1st ballot Hall of Famer, who’s considered by many, the greatest quarterback in NFL history, anything short of raising the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season is a failure.  Manning is a victim of his own greatness, no other quarterback in the history of the game is judged so harshly by his team’s performance in the postseason like him.  We as spectators won’t truly appreciate Manning until he’s no longer running out onto the field in that number 18 jersey shredding defenses and leaving them wondering, how does he continue to do this to us?

Today, Manning is faced with the realization of another season’s end without hoisting Lombardi’s Trophy. He’ll contemplate whether or not he wants to chase that elusive trophy again, that he’s been fortunate enough to catch once before. I’m sure he’ll think about the fact that his brother Eli has two, or Tom Brady, his arch nemesis has three. My advice to him would be to take his time to decide; don’t make a life changing decision while he’s emotional. Then, if he truly wants to play again, then play; not because of what the critics will think if he doesn’t win another Super Bowl.

I would also understand if Peyton says he’s retiring, and moving on to other things in life. The sacrifices that a quarterback in National Football League make are many, those that Peyton Manning makes are unimaginable.

Whatever Peyton decides is fine by me. I’m just glad I got to witness the greatest quarterback the National Football League has ever seen.

London Fletcher

London Fletcher

London Fletcher is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). Undrafted in 1998, he was signed by the St. Louis Rams as a rookie free agent and became a Super Bowl champion with the team. He was also a member of the Buffalo Bills, where he played for five seasons, and the Washington Redskins, where he played for seven seasons. Fletcher was well known for never missing a game in his career, being one of only four players in NFL history to play in over 250 consecutive games. Fletcher also holds the record for consecutive starts at the linebacker position. He eventually finished his career with 215 consecutive games started, which ties him for 6th all time along with Alan Page and Ronde Barber. London has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user.

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