MUST READ: Bob Kravitz Exclusive Interview with Peyton Manning
January 24, 2012 Leave a comment
Monday night, Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star had an exclusive interview with Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. If you are going to read anything this week, read this. Manning says alot.
Some of the many, many great and interesting quotes:
“I don’t want to get into some kind of fan campaign with the owner, but I think it’s well documented that I want to play in the same place my whole career,” Manning said. “It’s been a privilege to play here. I love the fans, the city, the transformation of the fans, how our place has become the toughest stadium to play in, the fact our fans wear more jerseys to games than anybody else. It’s been fun to be a part of that.
“But I understand how it works. I understand tough decisions have to be made. There’s personal and there’s business and that’s where we’ve got to separate the two. I’ve seen other guys leave places and it was personal. I’ve invested too much into this city for that to happen. We live here, we’ve given lots of time and money to the community and our church, and that’s never going to change Nothing changes that.
“Whatever happens, happens. I can’t give you a prediction because Jim (Irsay) and I will sit down at some point and he’ll get a feel for where I am and I’ll get a sense of what direction he wants to go. Right now, I have no idea.”
About the Colts organization right now:
“I’m not in a very good place for healing, let’s say that,” he said, referring to the practice facility. “It’s not a real good environment down there right now, to say the least. Everybody’s walking around on eggshells. I don’t recognize our building right now. There’s such complete and total change.”
And, though not in the story directly, this is a very, very interesting tweet from Kravitz:
Just my perception, but Peyton sounds very much at peace with whatever might be coming down the road. Could hear it in his voice.