I don't fully remember when I first became a Colts fan. I guess it has been so long I sort of take it for granted, but I will say it has been around a decade. Every year it seems my love for the game and especially the Colts themselves has grown more and more. Along with loving the Colts, myself and many others fell in love with Peyton Manning and the way he controlled the team and helped the Colts year in and year out achieve greatness. Granted that greatness did not always carry over to the playoffs, but you can't always get what you want a certain someone has mentioned before.
Throughout the years I grew more resolute in my belief that Peyton Manning was and is the greatest of all time. Myself, only being a freshmen in college, am not the best judge of this for I did not see many of the greats from past generations play but the argument can still be said nonetheless! When the Colts cut Peyton Manning I, like many other fans, was heartbroken. Now I'd like to think of myself as a sensible person and quickly came to the occlusion that drafting a certain Andrew Luck could easily make up for this loss of Peyton (I actually remember watching Luck's first year of college and telling my dad that wouldn't it be great if somehow the Colts tanked when he was a senior and we would get him right around the time Manning would leave...funny how that played out...). Last year was magical, never had I been more in love with watching the Colts play and overcome such great odds to win!
This past year I was accepted to Harvard University and with coming here one of my biggest reservations was Boston is Patriots territory...I now know most Patriots fans don't seem to hate the Colts anymore that we don't have Manning, but I can't say the feeling is mutual! What I can say is that since coming here Stamped Blue has been one of my few connections back to Indiana and a part of my day that I relish! I love reading everyone's thoughts on each week and the great analysis and number breakdowns that different writers do.
This week I had to put my own two cents in. This Sunday night won't just be a typical game for me to watch. It will be something that years at me. How can someone root for a team that you love and also root against the man who helped make that team what it is? I know he wasn't the only one in the 2000s helping the Colts win, but you can't tell me that without him the Colts would have had the success they did. Since trading him he has been magnificent, but looking back I am so happy Irsay did what he did. Peyton Manning should go down as the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL, but the day that Andrew Luck retires I hope that we will all come to the consensus that Manning was only the second greatest quarterback to ever play for the Colts.
I think it is safe to say that the Colts are well ahead of schedule and are already at the edge of being a serious Super Bowl contender. I hope this Sunday night they prove that they are the real deal. As much as I root for Peyton every week, this one week I hope he gets out shown! Granted I still want Manning to win a few more Super Bowls so he can go down as the greatest ever, but if that means that he will be beating the Colts to do it, then he will have to remain at just one. If somehow he wins one without beating the Colts (I don't see this happening) then I will be rooting for him just as loudly as anyone else. Until then though I hope the Colts this weekend show the world that part of their history may be due to Manning, but now they are Luck's team and are even better than they ever have been before!