One of the biggest stories of the NFL offseason concerns the future of one of the league’s pre-eminent quarterbacks. Can Peyton Manning play again, after having three neck surgeries in 19 months and missing the 2011 season? Does he want to return to the Indianapolis Colts? What do the Colts, who figure to take a quarterback with the first pick in the NFL draft, plan for him?
So many questions.
Peyton Manning’s father addressed some of them as he watched his youngest son lead the New York Giants into the NFC title game with a victory Sunday over the Packers in Green Bay.
“Peyton kind of likes his roots in Indy,” Archie Manning told the New York Post. “We’ll see what happens there. If that doesn’t work and he can get healthy, we’ll see. That’ll all work out. He’s just trying to get healthy.”
Stanford’s Andrew Luck is the presumed No. 1 pick, which raises all sorts of speculation about Peyton Manning, including musings that he might end up replacing embattled Mark Sanchez with the Jets in New York.
“I’m not going to get into that,” Archie Manning said.
As the regular season drew to a close, Peyton Manning began throwing and working out with the team. “He’s got a great attitude,” Archie Manning said. “He’s just fighting and scratching, trying to get healthy. We’ll see what happens.”
According to Archie, Peyton did a little tutoring with his younger brother, who is trying to advance to the Super Bowl for the second time in his career.
“Peyton’s been a great mentor to Eli,” Archie Manning said. “People think I am. But Peyton’s been Eli’s best mentor.”