So you want to give up on Peyton Manning now to take a chance on a college QB?
You want to turn your back on the man who (as it seems) single handedly won more games in a decade than any team (man) in the history of professional football. The man who built Lucas Oil stadium. The man who has won more MVP awards than any other football player in the history of professional football. You want to turn your back on the man who took professional football in Indiana from a sideshow act to the entire reason that 85% of the people that visit this site do!
That man tries to come back from what is the biggest hurdle in his career and you want to throw him under the bus for what? Andrew Luck?
Look I like Andrew Luck... a lot. In fact I believe he has a real chance to shatter every major passing record in NFL history. But that has more to do with the current direction of the league than otherworldly ability. And if Andrew Luck does break the number of records that I believe he will, he has one man to thank. One guy that, for better or worse revolutionized the position of QB, even though he was touted as the guy that would forever change football it wasn't Mike Vick, it wasn't some hybrid running/throwing QB it was a 6'5" QB with a laser-rocket arm. He's the guy Luck should thank. And he's the guy Luck is going to replace.
I believe that Andrew Luck should be selected with the first overall pick. I believe that he should sit for a few years to learn behind the best that's ever done it and if Peyton can't come back, we have the best backup quarterback in the NFL. But to turn your back on a man who has done so much for our franchise to just say "thanks for your time but we're moving in a different direction" is not just stupid it's sad that our fanbase thinks this way.
Jim Irsay realizes what Peyton has done for his franchise and he's said if Peyton is healthy he'll be a Colt. And I'm thankful that our owner knows that 18 is more important than a regular player.