Addressing Manning Retirement Rumors

By Max Resnik

January 20, 2012 Updated Jan 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – A tweet saying that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will retire set off a fire storm in the sports world. Today, Fort Wayne residents got a chance to respond to the rumor.

Actor Rob Lowe tweeted that Manning will retire before the 2012 NFL season. It is a tweet that took the sports and entertainment worlds by storm. The rumor became the topic of discussion on major sports networks and radio shows and Lowe was even questioned about it on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Colts owner Jim Irsay has confirmed the Colts will draft a quarterback this year, presumably Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

Indiana’s NewsCenter took these rumors and the confirmation that the Colts will draft a quarterback to the Summit City streets to see what residents thought. Many say Manning has enjoyed one of the most remarkable careers of any quarterback ever and say retirement, especially coming off of three neck surgeries in 18 months, might not be such a bad idea.

Carolyn McCloud, who had just purchased some new Colts slippers, says she does not want to see Manning playing through too much pain.

“I don't want him to retire because he is a good quarterback, but I also don't want him to get injured.”

Judy Rickert, much like McCloud, says Manning should retire on top and pain free.

“I'm hoping [the rumors] are not true, but he has certainly had a very successful career and has health issues so it would make sense if he is.”

Michael Ayers says 18 is his quarterback, but he would be happy to see Luck taking snaps if Manning is unable to take the field.

“I want Peyton Manning to be the quarterback for the Colts, but if not, I hope they get him and I hope he comes and does well.”

Maciek Szaferski says Manning will retire and he is buying the rumors.

“I think he will retire. It's not a surprise. It's a great organization so they should do quite well.”

Colts fans will have their best indication of Manning’s future March 8. That is the date the Colts will have to decide whether to pay Manning $28 million, cut or trade the superstar quarterback.

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