Peyton Manning Confirms Plans to Retire, Enter Politics
INDIANAPOLIS, IN—Two days after his Indianapolis Colts lost 27-19 to the equally beleaguered Carolina Panthers, dropping their record to 0-11, Peyton Manning announced his intention to retire at the end of this season.
Tossing his horseshoed helmet into the ring of the upcoming 2012 race, Manning has made clear his intention to win the gubernatorial race by replacing Mitch Daniels, the popular Indiana governor who is term-limited and unable to run for re-election.
“It is time to for me to get back at it and lead the people of Indiana to bigger and better things,” remarked Manning in a press conference late Monday afternoon at Lucas Oil Field. “I took the Colts from being the laughing stock of the NFL to a team that every other team wanted to be, and there is no reason why I cannot do the same for the state of Indiana.”
Manning’s announcement was largely a formality, since NFL gadfly Jay Glazer had already revealed via Twitter on Sunday night that the team doctors believe Manning’s injured neck would need complete fusion at the end of the season, that Manning would not be cleared to ever take another snap, and his storied 13-year career would effectively end.
“I full well believe that with the support of God and my family,” Manning asserted, “this election is winnable, despite my lack of experience in politics. Andrew Luck becoming a Colt is almost inevitable and it is time to look for another job here in the capitol of the crossroads of America. I am excited as a Junebug in May to enter this race and see what I can do to push Indiana to be the best in the country each and every week.”
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