Peyton Manning: Carrying The World a Second Time

Heather HackerCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2008

When you look up, all you can see are blue and white covered faces and bodies of your fans, a father with his son supporting the number 18 jersey, and you look over to see your teammates, your coach and your athletic trainer counting on you to make the winning pass. You don't want to let any of them down, so you play the hardest you have ever played before to break the tie and beat the other team without going into overtime.

I cannot even imagine the pressure or the stress that would be upon my shoulders. Luckily for Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts Quarterback, it's not on his shoulders, rather on his left knee.

As you may already know, Manning underwent a second surgery to his left knee to remove an infected bursa sac. Specialists said the surgery was routine and needed to be done, and they expected a full and complete recovery, and that is just what they got.

Football players undergo more injuries and surgeries than any other sport played in America. From head injuries and concussions, to broken toes and legs, it is not necessary to compare football to any other sport. Think about it, boxers take some punches to the head, they are not necessarily tackled. Soccer players can't even use their hands, and baseball is close enough to a no contact sport.

Since Manning was a senior at the University of Tennessee playing football, he suffered a ruptured bursa sac in his right knee. Now with a few years added on his life, his left knee is starting to affect his career as a quarterback. He didn't stop playing in college when had a ruptured bursa sac in his right knee, and he's not about to give up now.

I think I can safely say the quarterback in football is the most important player on the team. He's the one who ties everything together and makes the team and players run smoothly. The quarterback is like the goalie in soccer, or the pitcher in baseball, they are the center link of the team.

Although they are the "foundation" of the team, all the members function together as a whole. If it wasn't for Harrison, or Wayne, or any of the other offensive members, Manning would have no one to pass the ball to.

Manning is not the only team member being affected with an injury. Recently, Michael Coe had left knee surgery and will be placed on injured reserve for the rest of the season. The Colts also placed Mike Hart on the injured reserve, which ended his rookie season after only five games. And Ryan Lilja still hasn't resumed practice because of a knee injury as well.

Coming out tf the second surgery slowly, Manning is starting the season off rough. The first few games of the year can either make or break a team. Through the first four games of the year, Manning had an all-time career low at only five touchdown passes. Overall Manning completion percentage was the lowest it had been since his second year in the NFL.

The first few games have been heavy on Manning's knee to hold the world up. Soon enough his knee will be strong enough to hold the world, filled with all his supportive fans, teammates, and more.