I have been trying for over a year now to leave this alone and move on, but...................with all the hype and hoopla with Manning coming to town, it's all coming back out and everyone is giving their opinions.
I have made more posts than I care to count on this subject and have looked ( VERY ) deep into all the angles,etc
I have been a Colts fan since 1968, so I know the history and have lived it, I was pretty young when the Unitas' Colts dominated and there have been a few (brief) runs at success over the years, but for most of my adult life the Colts were an afterthought. That all changed with the addition of 2 men....Bill Polian and Peyton Manning. They didn't do it all by themselves, but they were the 2 most responsible for the record setting era. Manning will go down as one of the best players in NFL history, a legend, a player who took that team (afterthought) and led them to 2 super bowls, a world championship and an endless list of records, to a team that was considered the model-for excellance........ which led to a state of the art stadium, which led to a rebuilt and refurbished downtown,which led to a super bowl hosting, which equals billions of dollars. He was the Colts, he was the NFL, there has never been a player who meant more to a city and it's fans than #18, in fact, it's not even close...then came the injury and the decision......I have heard it all.....it's a business...had to be done......that is side stepping the issue and a complete copout, there is no legitimate reason why #18 (all of the above) was cut. Even factoring the injury and salary cap and what many mistakingly felt was a team on the decline, it was unexceptable.
The team was not in decline, despite the dismal showing in 2012, in fact, that years roster had more talent, than the roster of the team that won the Super bowl, the problem was...they were on the sidelines....watching. I realize there was no quarantee, he would be able to play again or play at the same level, there is no quarantee Luck will be injury free....or play 14 years, without missing a game......there were plenty of teams who had no ties with him, who were more than willing to take a chance, all except 1 team. The salary cap?? whatever!! When you have been around the NFL for-ever, you can make it work, if you want to. It's a business when Freeney moves on, or Faulk, or........but when a player does what he did and transforms a team, a city, a state, that goes waaaaay beyond, it's a business.
I get the how can we pass up Luck scenario, its' quite simple, you already got a great QB, the fact that he is now playing at his highest level ever, is hindsight, as is the fact that the Colts have "arrived" years, before they were expected to.
Trading the rights to Luck would have given the Colts an array of draft picks, never before seen in the history of the league and would have filled any holes in the roster and set the team up for yeeeaaarrrssss!!!!
In the past 20 years, there have been 5 Qb's who have won multiple championships, only Brady would qualify as (one of ) the best QB's in the league and he benefitted from having the best coach of his era, so having the "best" QB is way overated.
You can't begin to put into words what Manning meant to Indianapolis or even begin to inagine the financial gains that came from his efforts....to be released, to be cut and basically told, you are no longer wanted.......UNEXCEPTABLE!!!!!!
The clincher, for me, is that in this past year (+) my educated estimate is that about 80-90% of football fans, including Colts fans have the attitude of................
I don't understand, what's the problem????