A day that we thought would never really happen has come to pass. Peyton Manning is officially a member of a team other than the Indianapolis Colts. He will instead lead the Denver Broncos on a stirring Super Bowl march.
Welcome to the second part of Peyton Manning's legendary career. We have no idea if this will be a brief departure form the much longer and glorious days with the Colts, or if he will be just as dynamic in Denver as he ever was in Indy.
Manning took to the podium on Tuesday, March 20th, and officially switched uniforms and loyalties.
One of the best to ever play was given a mammoth five-year, $96 million contract, and $18 million of that will be paid in 2012.
None of those numbers will matter moving forward, at least not to the fans. As Manning spoke to fans at the press conference, the next step was quite clear.
Manning is not a loser.
This is a player that competes for Super Bowls, just as John Elway intimated before Manning went to the microphone.
Later in the presser, Manning addressed the elephant in the room, which of course was Tim Tebow. Manning made his feelings quite clear in that regard. CBS Sports Eye on Football quotes Manning on Twitter.
Peyton Manning: "If Tim Tebow is here next year, I'll be the best teammate I can be to him."— Eye on Football (@EyeOnNFL) March 20, 2012
The only culture that Manning cares about is a winning one, and that is what convinced him to take on the task of delivering another title to this storied franchise.
The time to reflect and remember has passed, because it is all about looking forward now.