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#TheReturnOfPeyton

Posted by lindsaybebout on October 16th, 2013

This Sunday night’s game might be the most anticipated game of this regular season: Peyton Manning is returning to his former home when the Broncos play the Colts at Indianapolis.

On March 7, 2012, the Colts officially released Peyton Manning with the intention of drafting Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in the upcoming draft.  Many questioned if Manning would even be able to play anymore after coming off of 4 neck surgeries and having many doctors question it.  On March 20, 2012, however, the Denver Broncos signed him to a $90 million, 5 year deal. On draft day, April 26, 2012, the Indianapolis Colts chose Andrew Luck with the first overall pick.  A year and a half later the two quarterbacks will finally meet on the field.

Did the Colts make the right decision?  Hard to say.  Since becoming a starter again, Peyton Manning has been killing it.  He lead the Broncos to a 13-3 record last season, and currently has them at 6-0 and are ranked the #1 offense in the NFL.  I, along with many others, believe it is the Broncos year to win a Super Bowl.

Andrew Luck, however, is not doing too shabby himself either. Last season he lead the Colts into the post season with an 11-5 record and is currently in first again with a 4-2 record.  Luck is arguably the best quarterback in not only his draft class, but in the last couple of drafts.  he has shown a lot of improvement from his rookie season and seems to be going in the right direction.  However, he will never be Peyton Manning.

Do I think Andrew Luck will eventually become one of the elite quarterback once the current quartet retires?  Yes.  I don’t think he will ever reach the level Peyton Manning ever did.

Peyton Manning has 12 seasons of throwing more than 4000 yards, has 7 seasons of throwing over 30 touchdowns, has gone to 12 Pro-Bowls, and has been named the league MVP 4 times.

Andrew Luck has gone to one Pro-Bowl.

I understand that there is obviously a massive difference in the amount of years each has played.  But this is Peyton Manning we are talking about! His legacy is something that will never be forgotten.  Has Andrew Luck really showed that he can live up to Peyton Manning? No.  he has shown he can be a good quarterback…but Peyton Manning is not just “good”.

I think the Colts made a mistake because when they released Peyton Manning because I think Manning will definitely win a Super Bowl before Andrew Luck does.  Not only that, but the Colts ruined what could have been considered a great legacy between the team and their quarterback.  Why they didn’t want Peyton to finish his career with them I don’t understand.

I predict on Sunday’s game, it will be the most competitive game yet for the Broncos, but that the Broncos will come out in victory 38-24.

Peyton 1, Andrew 0

What do you think? http://www.sports-rivals.com/Peyton-Manning_vs_Andrew-Luck_Rivalry_294.htm


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2 Responses to “#TheReturnOfPeyton”

  1. sagev1592 Says:

    I don’t think Luck will ever reach the level that Peyton did but I think the Colts made the right decision. At most Peyton only has a few good years left in him and when he retires Luck will be in the middle of his prime. The Colts let go of one of the greatest players in NFL history but it was a good move to better prepare the Colts for the long term.

  2. Marc Perez Says:

    The Colts released Peyton because he was coming off of neck surgeries that made him sit out the entire season prior. Him playing at his former level was not only not a guarantee, it was also a slightly risky assumption. Add that to the fact that he would cost a whole lot more than drafting their new QB is why they went in that direction.

    Knowing know that he was going to play at this level again, makes it a different story. At the time, I think it was a good front office decision.

    Also, I think its a little crazy that everyone wants to compare Luck to Manning already. We’re going to have to wait a very long time for the answer to these questions. I also think its unfair for Luck, but being the #1 pick he’s already going to have plenty to live up to. Either way, it should be a good game.

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