In case the horse hasn’t been beaten quite enough, I’m going to take a brief moment to discuss Peyton Manning, who was officially cut today via a press conference with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.
What does this have to do with the Detroit Lions, you say? Nothing. But it has a lot to do with the spirit of football. And I wouldn’t be writing this blog without it.
As a good friend of mine said this morning, “It doesn’t matter what team you ordinarily write about or root for. Today, you write about Peyton Manning.” And she’s right. I’m not generally a mushy, gushy type of sports writer. But, I can appreciate a good thing when I see it. And if today’s press conference did anything, it was solidify my feelings toward Manning as a football player and as an individual.
With that said, I can’t say I’ve always loved Manning. Because, well, I’m a Michigan fan. And the first time I ever heard his name was in 1997 when he lost the Heisman trophy to my all-time favorite player Charles Woodson. The hoopla it created — none of it Manning’s fault — led me to hold a grudge against him — and the University of Tennessee — for several years. » Continue reading “A Detroit Fan’s Take on Peyton Manning”