Peyton Manning: Career Could Be over

Chase SummersCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 19: Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts watches the action during the game against the Washington Redskins at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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I don't know if Peyton Manning is the best quarterback in NFL history. I do know that I have never seen anyone play with such heart, smarts and instincts.

Now Manning may be out for the season and could, in fact, be done as an NFL quarterback. This is not the way it should end. No one should face the fate Manning could face, but Manning of all the players in the league deserves this fate the least.

I want Manning to retire on his terms, when he feels it is time. I guarantee you, that to him, this is not the time. The worst part is that this career-threatening injury did not seem a threat. It was a simple surgery. He should have been ready for Week 1.

I hope and pray that Manning can come back. As a rabid Titans fan I want him to come back as soon as he can and I hope the two to three month diagnosis is correct. I want Manning to be there when the Titans face the Colts. As much as I respect Kerry Collins I don't want him leading the Colts, it is Manning's job.

I know someday that Manning's career must end. Not even Brett Favre could go on forever, but as of now, even with all of his accomplishments, Manning's career does not seem complete. No player as good as him should have to retire when he has so much left to give.

Manning has dragged the Colts to the playoffs in years they had no right being there. On teams with less than superb talent, Manning has overcome all odds to make those teams into elite offensive juggernauts.

It is true the NFL will be greatly hurt this year if Manning misses the season, but if Manning's career is done and he must retire then it will be a tragedy that will match anything written by the Greeks or Shakespeare. The NFL needs Manning, it has been said many times, but right now it hits a little too close to home.