As we all know, Peyton Manning is no longer a Colt and is now a member of the Denver Broncos. For years, Manning and the Colts have been inseparable. Now, fans have to decide whom they will root for, at least according to Stampede Blue.
Let me say first and foremost that I am a Colts fan first, but I am also a Manning fan. You think just because Michael Jordan was playing for the Wizards that Bulls fans did not root for him?
Colts fans spent 14 years falling in love with a guy who represented everything they believed in, who was a superstar on and off the field. There is too much love and respect there to just throw it aside.
I am a Colts fan first. When the Colts play the Broncos (which will happen in 2013), I will be cheering for the Colts. No question about it. No doubt in my mind.
But that is not to say I will not root for Peyton Manning at all. Every game he is not playing against the Colts, I want him to win. I want him to play well. And, as long as he does not beat the Colts to get there, I want him to win a super bowl. Multiple, actually. For years I have been defending Manning’s legacy, and I sincerely want him to go down as the greatest to ever play. I already think he is, but that opinion is currently in the minority. Even though championships should not define a player, they do. Peyton needs at least one more.
So when next season comes, I will be watching both the Colts and Broncos. I will have both games up at a time. I will be paying most attention to the Colts, but I want to see what my favorite player in history is doing as well.
Colts fans should be excited about their team. They will get a quarterback who is as highly regarded of any prospect in a long time. They have a head coach who is defensive minded, and I am a big fan of Chuck Pagano. They have a general manager who knows what he is doing, but will stay behind the scenes. And they still have Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, and Antoine Bethea.
And so I want to clarify something about this site… it is an Indianapolis Colts site. I have always been a Colts fan, and will always remain a Colts fan, no matter what.
But yes, there will be a new section of this site coming called “Former Colts”. I want to keep up with Peyton Manning, Jeff Saturday, Dallas Clark, and others. And so while I will primarily be covering the Colts, I will also spend some time covering those who gave so much to the horseshoe in the past.
And lastly, as I wrote on January 7th, way before we knew what would happen with Peyton Manning:
Being a Colts fan doesn’t mean agreeing with everything the team does. Heck, if it did, there would be no Colts fans.
But it does mean, that whatever the team’s leaders decide, that Colts fans support the team still. That they continue to root for the blue and white.
You can’t tell whether a person is a Colts fan or a Manning fan until after the decision is made.
And my guess is that we find out that a lot of the people are the biggest Peyton Manning fans are also some of the biggest Colts fans.