Bidding begins for 4-time MVP Peyton's next place

Quarterback Peyton Manning, left, listens as Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay announces that the NFL football team will release quarterback Peyton Manning during a news conference in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Quarterback Peyton Manning, left, listens as Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay announces that the NFL football team will release quarterback Peyton Manning during a news conference in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Quarterback Peyton Manning collects his thoughts as he speaks during a news conference in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Manning's record-breaking run as quarterback of the Colts ended Wednesday, when owner Jim Irsay announced the team would release its best player. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Quarterback Peyton Manning collects his thoughts as he speaks during a news conference in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Manning's record-breaking run as quarterback of the Colts ended Wednesday, when owner Jim Irsay announced the team would release its best player. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Quarterback Peyton Manning, right, listens as Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay announces that the NFL football team will release Manning during a news conference in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 7, 2012..  (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Quarterback Peyton Manning, right, listens as Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay announces that the NFL football team will release Manning during a news conference in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 7, 2012.. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Pedestrian walks by the large monitor, Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in downtown Chicago, as it shows a news conference announcing the end of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Payton Manning's playing career with the club. Shown on the monitor are Peyton Manning, left, and Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Pedestrian walks by the large monitor, Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in downtown Chicago, as it shows a news conference announcing the end of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Payton Manning's playing career with the club. Shown on the monitor are Peyton Manning, left, and Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Pedestrian walks by the large monitor, Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in downtown Chicago, as it shows a news conference announcing the end of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Payton Manning's playing career with the club. Shown on the monitor are Peyton Manning, left, and Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Pedestrian walks by the large monitor, Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in downtown Chicago, as it shows a news conference announcing the end of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Payton Manning's playing career with the club. Shown on the monitor are Peyton Manning, left, and Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, right, hugs quarterback Peyton Manning after announcing that the NFL football team will release Manning during a news conference in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 7, 2012..Manning, 35, who missed all of last season after a series of operations on his neck, has been the staring quarterback for 13 season, won a record four MVP's and the 2006 Super Bowl.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, right, hugs quarterback Peyton Manning after announcing that the NFL football team will release Manning during a news conference in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 7, 2012..Manning, 35, who missed all of last season after a series of operations on his neck, has been the staring quarterback for 13 season, won a record four MVP's and the 2006 Super Bowl.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Quarterback Peyton Manning, who will be released by the Indianapolis Colts, speaks during a news conference in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Manning, 35, who missed all of last season after a series of operations on his neck, has been the Colts' staring quarterback for 13 seasons, won a record four MVP awards and the 2006 Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Quarterback Peyton Manning, who will be released by the Indianapolis Colts, speaks during a news conference in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Manning, 35, who missed all of last season after a series of operations on his neck, has been the Colts' staring quarterback for 13 seasons, won a record four MVP awards and the 2006 Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sent packing by his only NFL team, one he transformed from afterthought to Super Bowl champion, Peyton Manning said goodbye to the Indianapolis Colts with a shaky voice and tear-filled eyes, then got ready to find a new place to play quarterback.

At a podium alongside owner Jim Irsay, who cut the injured star Wednesday rather than pay a whopping $28 million bonus due this week, Manning was by turns wistful, nostalgic — he got choked up while praising the Colts' equipment managers — and forward-looking.

The only four-time MVP in NFL history now figures to become as coveted a free agent as the league has ever seen, assuming he can assuage any lingering concerns about the series of neck operations that forced him to miss all of 2011. Arizona, Miami, Seattle, Tennessee, Washington and the New York Jets all have been rumored as possible destinations; Manning's former offensive coordinator in Indianapolis, Tom Moore, worked for the Jets as a consultant last season.

"Nobody loves their job more than I do. Nobody loves playing quarterback more than I do. I still want to play. But there is no other team I wanted to play for," said Manning, who turns 36 this month.

Still, he acknowledged: "We all know that nothing lasts forever. Times change, circumstances change, and that's the reality of playing in the NFL."

Another reality: Manning should command plenty of offers on the open market. It's not very often that teams get a crack at a QB who's thrown for more than 50,000 yards and nearly 400 touchdowns, been picked for 11 Pro Bowls, and been a Super Bowl MVP. Manning's importance to the Colts' success was never more apparent than last season, when their record plummeted to 2-14 without him.

"I have no idea who wants me, what team wants me, how this process works," Manning told a group of reporters in South Florida, where he has a home and flew after the news conference. "I don't know if it's like college recruiting where you go take visits. I mean, this is all so new to me."

Reports of other clubs' interest began emerging a while back, and they'll only intensify now. Because he was released and went on the waiver wire Wednesday, Manning is allowed to negotiate and sign with any club immediately; he does not need to wait until the free-agent period that begins next Tuesday, and said his agent already was taking calls.

"I literally have not had one conversation with anyone about these teams. It's been so hard for me trying to figure out some closure with my situation with the Colts," Manning said. "I haven't thought about teams, and I don't know who is interested. I really don't."

Reaction poured into Twitter feeds from all around the sports world — not merely from NFL players publicly lobbying for their teams to sign Manning. Dwyane Wade of the NBA's Miami Heat urged Manning to head to that city's Dolphins, while tennis' Andy Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, observed: "The colts cutting Peyton feels like the north pole kicking out Santa."

That's about right. The stark first sentence of the official team statement read: "The Indianapolis Colts today released quarterback Peyton Manning."

Even if the news first leaked out Tuesday — and had been anticipated for weeks, if not months — it was odd to see those words written about a player so synonymous with the horseshoe helmet that Irsay said Manning's No. 18 will never again be worn by a Colts player.

Fans of various teams can start imagining what Manning might look like in their colors. Picture Joe Montana heading from the 49ers to the Chiefs or Emmitt Smith switching from the Cowboys to the Cardinals.

"For those of us who are so used to him being there day in and day out, it would be a little like (Yankees captain) Derek Jeter changing teams. He really is that iconic guy that represents the franchise. It's a hackneyed phrase, but he truly is the face of the franchise, and has been," said former Colts vice chairman Bill Polian, who drafted Manning out of Tennessee with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 draft and was fired this January. "It will be a little strange not having him there."

That is why Wednesday provided such an awkward and unusual scene for Manning and Irsay. Their NFL lives have been so closely intertwined, yet they stood inches apart in jackets and ties while discussing their separation.

Rarely do star athletes who are not retiring show up at a news conference to let the world know they've been dumped. And while Manning and Irsay — indeed, all of the NFL — was aware this profitable partnership was due to end now, the emotions showed by both seemed raw and real.

"This has not been easy for Jim," Manning said, "and this has certainly not been easy for me."

Each paused frequently to try to compose himself while speaking during their appearance in a room at the Colts' complex normally reserved for celebratory news conferences, such as the hiring of a new coach or general manager — two other significant steps Irsay took recently as he essentially starts from scratch. The room is lined with banners honoring some of the team's greatest stars, including, of course, Manning himself, flanked by Pro Football Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson and John Mackey.

Indianapolis needed to cut Manning this week to avoid paying him a bonus from the $90 million, five-year contract he signed in July, although both owner and player insisted the decision was not really about money. The Colts are widely expected to begin moving on by taking Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft.

Irsay repeatedly used the word "rebuilding" and acknowledged: "We're definitely a few years away."

Manning, Irsay said, "is on the mend to try to resume his career."

Manning hopes to be playing in the NFL at the start of next season.

Still, he said Wednesday: "I'll always be a Colt. I always will be. That'll never change."

When the news conference ended, Manning reached over to shake hands with Irsay, who instead tried to offer a hug, and they wound up settling for pats on the shoulder before walking off together and leaving the room.

Clearly, this was not an easy adieu for Manning.

Mentioning Colts employees he'll no longer be around, Manning paused to collect himself while noting: "We've got the greatest equipment guys in the world."

"I think about those type of relationships — not necessarily always on the field, and the touchdown throw to win the game. It's the behind the scenes. The laughs. The stories. The times spent together. Those are the memories. Those aren't going away," he said. "Those will be with me for the rest of my life."

Manning will forever be thought of around these parts as the QB who led the Colts to an NFL championship, barking out signals while waving his arms at the line of scrimmage to change a play after reading the defense — something he did as well as anyone.

He'll be remembered, too, for turning a basketball-loving city into a football hotbed that hosted the Super Bowl a month ago.

During that Super Bowl week, the hottest topic of conversation was Peyton Manning, not his younger brother Eli, who wound up leading the New York Giants to the title.

"There will be no other Peyton Manning," Irsay said, adding that he hoped Wednesday's joint appearance would serve to "honor incredible memories and incredible things that he's done for the franchise, for the city, for the state."

Manning started every meaningful game for 13 seasons — 227 in a row, including the playoffs — and took Indianapolis from perennial also-ran to one of the NFL's model franchises and the 2007 Super Bowl title.

In the two decades before he arrived in town, the Colts won 116 games, one division title and made the playoffs three times. With Manning taking snaps, the Colts won 150 games, eight division titles, two AFC championships and the franchise's first league championship since moving from Baltimore in 1984.

Indianapolis broke the NFL record for most regular-season wins in a decade (115), and tied Dallas' mark for most consecutive playoff appearances (nine). Manning broke all of the franchise's major career passing records, previously held by Hall of Famer John Unitas.

Unitas, of course, played 17 years for the Colts when they were in Baltimore, then finished his career with one season in San Diego at age 40.

Now it's Manning's turn to move on.

"I want to get back out there and play. I don't feel like everybody will say, 'He has to do this' or 'He has to prove that.' I don't feel that way," he said. "I know how much I love being a quarterback and love football and I want to go play again."

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orangeJACKET writes:

heads up KARM. your stock of number 18 colt jersies is about to sky rocket. i knew the day would come when a bunch of fake indy fans drop thier team like 3rd period spanish. ha!

NashvillePreds writes:

Enjoy obscurity Irsay.
Let me know how Luck/Harrington works out.

GONAVY writes:

It's about the money. Nothing else matters...not loyalty, relationships, community involvement, records, etc. Just money. And that's sad.

VolnPickwick writes:

Just wishing Manning all the best with his health and his career, he IS a great Volunteer and was a great Colt. Come on home Peyton, Tennessee needs you!

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

I don't think it would have been this way if the QB class wasn't so strong. It would be hard to pass on Andrew Luck IMO. Dude is the most solid QB prospect coming out since....Peyton Manning. If they are truly rebuilding, it's hard to say this was a bad way to go IMO. Folks tripped out when the 49ers let Montana go. But it ended up working out for them. The EXACT same thing happened when Favre left GB, but it worked out. We don't know what's gonna happen with the Colts. But looking at it from a business standpoint, they had to do what they felt they had to do IMO. To pay dude the money he had coming not knowing what he was gonna bring to the table is risky business. And throwing the ball and taking hits are two different things. If they resign him and he suffers a career ending injury, then the Colts are screwed anyway. This gives them more money to play with for rebuilding. And again, nothings guaranteed. But anyone saying Luck is gonna be a bust sounds foolish. I've seen nothing to make me think he's gonna be a bust. Again, I'm looking at it as a business decision, obviously some others are not.

MemphoVol writes:

Something tells me that Peyton stays in Indy for less money.

RockVegas writes:

Business as usual,Owners will be Owners and pull the trigger when and how they want too.That's why when a player,holds out or try to play in a certain market I'm not mad at all.Remember it's business....GBO.

jakethevolguy writes:

Come on home, Peyton. Just so happens UT has a coaching vacancy and with a little shuffling I think there is room for a QB coach.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to GONAVY:

It's about the money. Nothing else matters...not loyalty, relationships, community involvement, records, etc. Just money. And that's sad.

On both sides, right? Peyton could have said "ya know, you agreed to that bonus on the assumption of future performance in 2011. I couldn't perform in 2011. Morally, I shouldn't take something I didn't earn. Let's agree to defer the bonus for a year."

Seriously, would Peyton or Luck want to play for a team that is that bad throughout?

Millisa writes:

Peyton would love for you to come back here to Tennessee We Need You!!!

rockytopjeff writes:

Peyton Manning is simply a Class Act

keepitreal4vols writes:

in response to GONAVY:

It's about the money. Nothing else matters...not loyalty, relationships, community involvement, records, etc. Just money. And that's sad.

It's business. Just ask Joe Montana & Brett Favre.

huntined#565710 writes:

Well that ends that era with the colts and Peyton moves on and a lot of the TENN family will go with him wherever he goes. Guess I will keep my Colts jersey just because it has his name on it. He has been nothing but class in the NFL and he will still be nothing but CLASS in the future.

PUL4VOLS writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

I don't think it would have been this way if the QB class wasn't so strong. It would be hard to pass on Andrew Luck IMO. Dude is the most solid QB prospect coming out since....Peyton Manning. If they are truly rebuilding, it's hard to say this was a bad way to go IMO. Folks tripped out when the 49ers let Montana go. But it ended up working out for them. The EXACT same thing happened when Favre left GB, but it worked out. We don't know what's gonna happen with the Colts. But looking at it from a business standpoint, they had to do what they felt they had to do IMO. To pay dude the money he had coming not knowing what he was gonna bring to the table is risky business. And throwing the ball and taking hits are two different things. If they resign him and he suffers a career ending injury, then the Colts are screwed anyway. This gives them more money to play with for rebuilding. And again, nothings guaranteed. But anyone saying Luck is gonna be a bust sounds foolish. I've seen nothing to make me think he's gonna be a bust. Again, I'm looking at it as a business decision, obviously some others are not.

Sorry Rich, this can in no way be compared to the 49ers who had Steve Young in place, ready to go nor Green Bay with an unproven Rodgers who had been a student of how it is done. Luck will be a very good qb, maybe even one of the greats but not necessarily out of the shute. This is a roll of dice by the Colts. I get it with the money and business and all. But I for one do not expect Luck to do what Peyton did in as quick a time as Peyton did. We will see. Meanwhile, we can hope the next team for P. Manning is a good one and will give him at least one more shot at a championship.

baldingalum writes:

This is a very good thing for Peyton. The Colts are in a 3-4 year rebuild. Just look at their offensive line. Peyton leaves with an incredible legacy and amazing class for truly greener pastures in either Arizona or Miami. This is exactly what needed to happen to give him every chance to hold every passing record conceivable.

VOLSONTHECOMEBACK writes:

It's hard to support the NFL when things like this happen. Absolutely no loyalty. The only thing that matters is what are you going to do for me now and how much do I have to pay. Peyton Manning was the face of the Colts and if it wasn't for him they would be bottom feeders of the league.Now that he gets hurt and there is some skeptism toward his future, Isray dumps him like a bucket of water. It's sad and makes me not even care about the NFL. Players will be on one team and will be on another the next years. Coaches and owners don't care about anything other than their team's budget and the amount of Wins the team is bringing. The fact that one of the best quarterbacks of all time who has brought a franchise from ground 0 to the promise lands can be cut in less than a year, speaks volumes of the character of the colts owner and the whole organization/NFL. That's why college football is so much more exciting.

FLVOL_79 writes:

Come to Miami!

lahvolman2 writes:

If any parents in the world ever raised their kids right, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Manning certainly did... What a class act this entire family is.. even the one who didn't play football....

kazoo writes:

I can't blame Irsay--he's decided to totally rebuild, starting with a new GM and coach, and he made a smart and practical decision to go with a young, seemingly talented and less experienced QB in Luck. It makes perfect sense. If the Colts had managed to win a few more games last year and had, say, the 12th pick in the draft instead of the first, they might be resigning Manning. As is, Manning has a chance to go to a better team, frankly--a team with a defense and a running game, which the Colts have almost never had. I'd love to see him win another Super Bowl.

My only complaint about Manning is that he's totally become a politician/PR hack when it comes to speaking to the press. He's now a master of making the polite, vacuous comment--talk but no candor: Case in point: He said today that "it wasn't about the contract." C'mon, of course it was.

MemphoVol writes:

in response to MemphoVol:

Something tells me that Peyton stays in Indy for less money.

Obviously I was wrong. I know business is business, but Peyton is such a loyal guy (stayed for senior yr), I thought his heart would overrule his head. He must really want to play knowing he could get seriously hurt. Heaven knows he doesn't need the money.

DaleCarter18 writes:

http://www.businessinsider.com/peyton...

i'm sure they'll re-play this many time but...

what a class act!

couldn't be any prouder of you peyton!

go vols!

agentorange writes:

The Colts are dead to me. Hope he comes down to Miami.

traderjoe writes:

OK, wake up the big donors and tell them to put together an offer even Peyton can't refuse to come home and coach our Vols out of misery.

kyvol98 writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Thanks again for proving you know nothing about football

volman2008 writes:

colts,you just lost a fan.

Pompey writes:

...to me Peyton being drafted by the Colts was more than unfortunate, it was a tradegy for Peyton. Several better managed organizations around the league would have afforded him the opportunity to play in several Super Bowls and prehaps be known as the greatest QB to ever play the game. Bill Pollian (Colts GM) was always more interested in packing his staff with his relatives than in building a championship team around Peyton as NE did around Brady....so sad, what might have been.

sixstringmadness writes:

I'll tell you what. You knew it was coming, but man was that presser tough to watch.

Peyton is one stand up dude! No longer a Colts fan, waiting on a Manning signing for my new team. Go Vols, Go Manning, Vol for Life!!!

Central_IL_Vol writes:

in response to rockytopjeff:

Peyton Manning is simply a Class Act

Well said!

Central_IL_Vol writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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^^^^^^knuckle-dragging Neanderthal!

Alphafemale writes:

All the best to you Peyton. God has amazing plans for you!

VolzsFan writes:

The Colts will now be doomed to the same fate as them Vols........being ecstatic to have a 500 year every so often. Enjoy all the change!!

AirForceVol writes:

Thanks for the memories Colts. I will remember the AFC Championship game victory over the Patriots on the way to the Colts Super Bowl title as one of my favorite sports memories. I think Peyton and the Colts were great for each other and I have been a loyal fan since Peyton arrived. Colin Cowherd commented this morning that fans are not loyal to players, just teams and more importantly teams who win. Well he's wrong about that because I suspect there are a ton of Colts fans on this site that will be taking their loyalty to the team Peyton Quartebacks this season. I will always be a fan of the Cowboys and whoever Peyton suits up for and I see no disloyalty in that. GBO!

DiegoVol writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Idiot!

D60 writes:

in response to jakethevolguy:

Come on home, Peyton. Just so happens UT has a coaching vacancy and with a little shuffling I think there is room for a QB coach.

How about head coach

azorange writes:

Peyton would rock the Arizona desert. Would love to see him in Cardinals red. Manning to Fitzgerald all day long! Here's to good health and Manning over the top.

snuffysmiff writes:

Just my two cents worth, but I want to offer this to the banter. Manning's neck surgery procedure is sometimes done to prevent a patient from having a debilitating injury. I know a person who had similar surgery recently and his surgeon told him if he didn't have the procedure a blow to the head or a fall striking the head could result in paralysis. The speculation about Manning being paralyzed if his neck is injured may be just that, speculation.

crappieking writes:

He can broadcast next year. Then when we fire Doofus Dooley after he has another miserable season, he can coach us. GBO!

BR_549 writes:

Watching the ESPN tribute at lunch today with the sound off you would have thought Manning died.

snuffysmiff writes:

in response to crappieking:

He can broadcast next year. Then when we fire Doofus Dooley after he has another miserable season, he can coach us. GBO!

He could but he won't. At least I will be surprised if he ever goes into coaching at the college level, if at all. Other than personal satisfaction I don't see where he would want to subject himself to the grind of coaching college ball. After all, he has enough money to cremate a wet mule.

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

The Colts will now be doomed to the same fate as them Vols........being ecstatic to have a 500 year every so often. Enjoy all the change!!

I believe you meant to say the Colts share the same fate as the Muschamp Gators.

FWBVol writes:

Some NFL team is going to get a mighty good free agent quarterback. I was watching ESPN after the press conference and all the analysts seem to think Peyton will be fine and has some more good years in him.

Chris Carter said Peyton's neck is now stronger than before the surgeries because he's got the titanium or whatever kind of rod they put in during the fusion surgery. I've had two neck surgeries that include fusing vertebrae with a titanium rod and a bone graft.

That was nine years ago when I was in my mid-40s. I know it's not the same as playing quarterback in the NFL, but since the surgeries I've been able to ride roller coasters and do pretty much anything I wanted.

I'm sure the surgical techniques have improved since my surgeries so I can only guess how much better Peyton's opportunity for a full recovery are. Yes, he's had four surgeries, but he's getting the best medical care and advice that money can buy.

It will seem strange seeing Peyton in another uniform, but I hope he has a chance to play for more championships as he finishes up his career.

volnsc writes:

Guess I have to find a new fav NFL team. It won't be the Colts any longer. Peyton deserved a better ending from the Colts than this. I know with Peyton it is not about the money. Never has been. He'll get far more as a free agent. I just don't want him to end like Namath, Favre, Unitas and some of the others. So Irsay made a business decision. He better be right or Indy will have a very empty new stadium. I hope Peyton eventually comes back to Knoxville and gets involved with UT athletics. A natural.

ROCKYTOPBRAD writes:

This is a Tennessee site if i want to read about payton I would look at the colts site.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to PeytonManning:

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You are an idiot! You're basing Luck being a failure off being butt hurt over Peyton being released. Not playing in the SEC doesn't mean he won't be a good QB. If you wanna be HONEST about it, there are more reasons Luck WILL succeed rather than not. Indy fans love their team. Their not gonna turn on Andrew Luck because he's not Peyton Manning. Luck's gonna be a stud, you wait and see. No it's not guaranteed, nothing is. But dude has FAR more things going for him than he does against him.

69grad writes:

I would rather see Payton on the sidelines with a clip board with the starting quarterback than seeing him in a wheel chair. And even if that happened, he would be the best quarterback coach there is. Be great if he could give Bray some lessons on being a team player.

FanNotSheep writes:

Manning was very kind to Irsay and I think it shows how much he does care about the Colts. If he had not said those things the mood would have been extremely ugly in Indy.

I disagree with those who say it will definitely be a disaster or that it makes perfect business sense. It is a roll of the dice and would be either way. If for some reason the comeback did not work, say he takes a hard hit and the neck doesn't hold up and he has to retire – well there went their chance to get Luck. But if he comes back strong he could play five years or more. This was his first real injury since the knee issue at UT. And Luck could turn out to be injury prone or just not nearly the QB Peyton was.

If any of us had that much money invested we would have lost a ton of sleep trying to figure it out. I think I would have gambled on Peyton and traded the pick for as much as I could get to try to put together the best possible team now. But even Peyton is human and there is no way to know for sure if he can hold up in the NFL now. I sure hope he does and that he breaks even more records – and gets another ring – before he retires.

pingkr62 writes:

I think this whole episode is a sign of these sad times. It's hard to believe that skinny freshman I saw run onto the new grass field at Neyland stadium in 1993 against Washington State is about to turn 36 yrs old and is closing in on retirement. Peyton deserves far better than this, but like he said, "nothing last forever" Peyton will always be my all time favorite Volunteer and I wish him the best. VOL FOR LIFE and GO VOLS and GO PEYTON!!!

orange_glory writes:

Speaking of Neyland Stadium. Utsports has Neyland as the number 4 stadium in the nation as far as capacity. However, if you go to Ohio State's official website they say the horseshoe is 4th largest in the nation. I think we should be Number 3 in the nation in capacity. I know this is off topic but thought it was weird. Still largest in the south and in the sec

orange_glory writes:

even the capacity number on utsports is larger than what ohio state reports as there capacity. i have tried to report this to utports to maybe get it correted but haven't heard anything back or seen a change yet. just thought it was interesting.

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to PeterKravenMoorehead:

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When Fulmer was fired, I wasn't sure if our next coach would be better, equal or a downgrade. I was worried but took comfort in this thought - "At least the people that hate Fulmer so bad will now stop whining!"
Imagine my suprise (when starting year 4 and two coaches later) I am still reading the same things. He is gone, his players are gone or been devoloped and everything is fully in our new coaches hands. Unless you are trying to have Fulmer re-hired so you can have him fired again, maybe you should post about our new coach and his time here.

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