Let’s All Feel Sorry for the NFL’s Golden Boy Peyton Manning

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Peyton Manning was released by the Colts yesterday. Poor lil fella. Predictably, ESPN led the crotch-nuzzling.

You would have thought he retired, with all the attention he is getting. I heard an ESPN voice (and former QB) say he “deserved better”.

He deserved better? He was paid $25 million this year to play quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts sit on the couch like you and me.

He talked Indy into NOT putting him on IR in September. Instead of a 53-man roster, the Colts operated with a 52-man roster the ENTIRE YEAR. That’s not selfish at all.   

It’s now March – more than two months after the Colts season has ended. He’s still not close to even practicing.

You may not want to hear it, but allow me to debunk some myths about Peyton Manning:

Top 3 QB all-time – if you eliminate the postseason, I will allow you to make that argument. Problem is, most people I respect value playoff performances. And he has been decidedly average in that category. Even his Super Bowl MVP was dubious – 6 yds per attempt, 1 TD 1 INT.

Allow me to point out what the talking heads are afraid to: Peyton Manning is a great REGULAR SEASON qb.

Ultimate teammate – this is thrown around all the time. Probably because he has the media wrapped around his finger; they have become lazy, and therefore eat up all his cookie-cutter lines.

Unfortunately for him, I remember his quotes after he famously choked in the playoffs vs the Steelers in 2006:

Joe Montana and Johnny U he is not.

Squeaky-Clean / Goody 2 Shoes / Perfect Image  – OK, you got me on that one. He is the Derek Jeter of the NFL.

If Jeter purposely stuck his bare ass directly in a female trainer’s face.

That’s right, while at the University of Tennessee, Frankenstein dropped trou for a lucky female trainer. He claims otherwise. She received a $300,000 settlement from Tennessee.

I wonder if he reimbursed them.

 Photo courtesy of gridironexperts.com

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