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It still just doesn't look right seeing Peyton Manning in anything but an Indianapolis Colts jersey. Manning had been a staple of the NFL and the Colts organization for 13 seasons, and he didn't miss one game in any of those years. Then, in his 14th season it came to an abrupt end when Manning was forced to miss the 2011 season with a neck injury, effectively ending his tenure in Indianapolis.
Many thought that not only his tenure in Indianapolis was done, but also his career in general. After he underwent four neck surgeries, there are doubts still if his neck will hold up this season. Manning continually said that he would be back playing football, and he should know better than anybody. Actor Rob Lowe went as far as to tweet that he had been told that Peyton would be retiring.
Thanks for that, Rob.
After the Colts had parted ways with Manning, many suits lined up for Peyton's services with him ultimately choosing the Denver Broncos. Clearly, John Elway and John Fox never believed in Tim Tebow, even after he had won a playoff game. More on Tebow later though.
Now, in 2012, it's Peyton's chance to show that he's got a few good years left in him. He's made a habit of making his targets look better than they actually are, and I get the sense Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker will enjoy playing with him. That's not a knock on either of those guys. It's just a fact that Peyton will find you.
Obviously, though, it all boils down to the health of Manning. This would be quite a story if he could do something special with this Broncos team. If I recall though, this Tebow guy did something special with them last year.
OK, I'm done with the Tebow talk for now.