End of an Era

After 14 years, a super bowl championship, and many records broken, Peyton Manning will be released from the Colts.

What was speculated for months will become official Wednesday as the Colts will release the future hall of fame quarterback.  This move will end his storied 14 year career with the Colts.

The Manning era came on draft day 1998, when the dreadful Colts drafted Manning from the University of Tennessee with the number one overall pick.  All Manning did after that was one of a hall of famer.  A record breaking 2004 season, where he broke the single season touchdown record, and in 2006 he delivered the teams first championship since 1970.

However, after a super bowl loss to the Saints in early 2010, he had the first of his many neck surgeries.  Then, after making an early playoff exit in the 2010 season, Manning underwent another neck surgery to repair a damaged nerve that was causing weakness in his throwing arm.

Last July, Irsay signed Manning to a new five-year, $90 million contract extension that everyone expected would keep Manning in Indy for the rest of his career.

But when the nerve did not heal as quickly as anticipated, Manning had two vertebrae fused together in September, a surgery that forced him to miss the first game of his career.  He did not play the entire season, and the Colts when an NFL worst 2-14.

Now after making it clear that they will pick Andrew Luck with the first overall draft pick, like they did with Manning 14 years ago, Irsay and the Colts made a decision to release Manning.  Thus, ending an era which will be the finest in franchise history.

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