Might Peyton Manning Follow Jorge Posada’s Lead?

Jorge Posada couldn't see himself in anything but pinstripes. Will Peyton Manning be as resistant to a uniform change?

 

Former New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, who was with the team through most of their glorious run during the 1990s and 2000s, officially retired today.   I was struck by the epiphany that Posada claims to have experienced while watching some talking heads posit likely destinations for the man who could have been a free agent.   Posada said that seeing his head photoshopped atop different uniforms just didn’t look right and prompted him to give up the ghost rather than don anything but Yankee pinstripes.   Might Colts quarterback Peyton Manning experience the same sort of sentimentality if and when he is released and becomes available for hire?

On the one hand, it’s certainly appealing to Indy fans to think that Manning would walk off into the sunset rather than suit up in a non-Horseshoe helmet, especially if his health is still in question.   On the other hand, I’d lay dollars to doughnuts that Manning will, indeed, keep going if he can find a green enough jersey.    Although his demise has been largely predicted, the man still will be just 36 this spring, which is still near primetime for many elite passers.    Even if that neck balks again in a month or two, Manning has five or ten years to ponder whether he has anything left.

Were Manning to walk away from the NFL today, I think there is a better than even chance that he’d slip into Brett Favre mode somewhere down the line when some of the aches and pains have subsided and some would-be contender need that final push.

Topics: Indianapolis-colts, Jorge Posada, New York Yankees, Peyton-manning, Retirement

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  • bill.stowers

    This is probably a dumb question, but if Peyton retired then what is the earliest the colts could hire him for some kind of coaching job? Is there a period you have to wait incn order too? And do you think there is actually a chance that this could happen?

  • http://adamhughes.in/ Adam Hughes

    @bill.stowers I don’t know for sure, but I suspect that, once a player retires, he is immediately free to do just about anything he wants. In baseball, a guy can play AND coach at the same time. I wouldn’t be surprised if the same were technically true in football, too.

    As far as the chances it could happen with Manning, I think they’re pretty slim. If he leaves Indy in any manner other than in traction (i.e, permanently PUP), I think he’s going to have some hard feelings towards Irsay and the club.

    There’s probably not enough money in the gig for Manning, either. Add in the paucity of GREAT players who make really good coaches, and I wouldn’t bet on seeing Manning coaching for the Colts. I guess you never know what’s in a man’s heart and mind, though.

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  • http://adamhughes.in/ Adam Hughes

    @[email protected] Hmmm … think Marshall Manning will play as “Eminem”? Would look good on a jersey.