It was the absolute perfect time to have neck surgery for the Colts. If Luck was a year earlier, I would have keep Manning.
Still might want to throw him in the front office when he hangs the cleats up.
Straight from Irsay himself:
No neck problems, Peyton stays.
Colts get 1st pick, we draft Luck and Peyton goes.
Colts get 2nd pick, we draft RG3 and Peyton goes.
3rd pick or lower, Peyton stays.
Peyton would've been killed by our offensive line last year, he's not mobile enough. And he's too pricey for us to have kept Wayne, Freeney or Mathis last year....and probably a couple others. The Colts wouldn't have been able to compete at a high level with Peyton here--he knew that and so did the front office. That's why they agreed to do what they did.
Part of me wants to see him get another ring or two but another part of me wants his lone SB win to be here in Indy. We'll see how it goes--my Manning jersey doesn't get worn anymore but I'll root for him every game accept for week 7. If an epic playoff game unfolds, the same holds true.